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Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in a fraud investigation.


On May 23, 2017, a victim’s purse was stolen from a residence in south Lakeland.  Shortly after the theft, the suspect pictured above was observed at stores in Lakeland using the victim’s credit cards.  The victim does not know the suspect and did not have permission to use her credit cards.


The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’9” tall wearing a black shirt and shorts.  He had gray hair and wears glasses.  He appears to be in his 40s or 50s.  The suspect is driving an unknown type of minivan. 


Anyone with information about the suspect or the vehicle is urged to contact Detective Jason Asbury 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:
Cash, Michele
                                                Date: 6/6/2017