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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives are asking for information related to an Armed Robbery that occurred in the area of Recker Highway and Hatfield Road in Winter Haven on Friday, September 13, 2013, at approximately 2:30 am.   

A Hispanic male approximately 6’ tall, weighing 170 lbs., wearing a red backward facing fitted ball cap, blue jeans and a white shirt exited an older model black Ford Crown Victoria and attempted to take the victim’s backpack.   

The suspect had a scar or cut under his right eye and a light beard.  He was armed with a small handgun during the incident.  The black vehicle had damage to the right rear quarter panel of the car. 

The suspect fled in the vehicle on Hatfield Road.   

If you have information as to the identity or location of this suspect or vehicle you are urged to contact Detective Kevin Smith 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: 9/16/2013