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 Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in a theft investigation.


At approximately 5:24 p.m., on Sunday, October 1, 2017, a victim left her cell phone on the front counter while paying for items at the Kathleen Food Mart located at 6403 Kathleen Road in Lakeland. A white or Hispanic male located the victim’s phone and placed it into his pocket.  


The suspect male is described as being 45 to 55 years of age, approximately 5’8” in height, wearing a dark ball cap, blue jeans, and a maroon shirt. The suspect fled in an older model green minivan in an unknown direction on Kathleen Road.


Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective R. Thomas 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: 10/18/2017