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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a retail theft investigation. 

At approximately 2:52 a.m., on Friday, May 9, 2014, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 4415 Old Kathleen Road, Lakeland. 

The suspect in the photo is a white male approximately 17-21 years of age wearing plaid shorts and a black t-shirt.  The suspect entered the store and obtained a hot drink and walked to the register to pay.  The suspect left the drink on the counter and walked back to the drink bar which is located next to the cigarettes.  While the clerk was not watching the suspect grabbed several packs of cigarettes.  While committing this act the suspect knocked over the mop which caught the clerk’s attention.  The suspect fled the store after being confronted by the clerk.   

The suspect was observed leaving the area in a maroon Chevy Avalanche.   

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Douglas at 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna
                                                Date: 6/5/2014