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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Shenicka “Smith” Whittington, DOB 09/08/75, LKA: 928 W 12th St, Lakeland. 

Whittington is a prolific retail theft offender and has Four Open Polk County Felony Warrants for Scheming to Defraud, Resisting Merchant, Battery, Use of Antishoplifting Countermeasure, and Grand Theft.

 Whittington’s method of operation includes loading up a cart full of stolen product and pushing it out the door.   

Whittington has been arrested over 20 times in Polk County alone and is a convicted felon. She has also been arrested in surrounding counties such as Orange and Hillsborough County for Retail Thefts, and is currently under investigation by other area law enforcement agencies.

Whittington is known to use alisis and was last seen traveling in a brown Mercury vehicle.  Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 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: 6/7/2013