Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect who robbed the CVS Pharmacy store located at 2536 Hwy 92 E., Lakeland (at the corner of Hwy 92E. and Combee Road). On Tuesday, June 5th at 7:40 p.m., a Hispanic male, in his mid 20’s, thin build, wavy medium hair combed back, thin beard, wearing a black t-shirt, khaki pants, and black sneakers, entered the store and retrieved a bottle of Mt. Dew beverage from the east wall coolers.
At 7:42 p.m. the suspect approached the counter, handed the bottle of Mt. Dew to a CVS employee to purchase and handed him a $10 bill. As the CVS employee opened the register, the suspect reached over the counter and attempted to grab the register drawer. The employee grabbed the suspect’s hands and stopped the suspect from taking the drawer, but the suspect managed to steal an estimated $26, along with his original $10 bill. The employee was not injured. The suspect left the Mt. Dew bottle, which crime scene staff are processing. The suspect then fled the store around the east side of the building and then north on N. Eastside Dr.
Deputies responded and a K-9 track led north on N. Eastside Dr. and stopped at the corner of Everett Street where detectives believe he was picked up in a vehicle or he drove himself away.
A photograph of the suspect is attached.
If anyone has any information about this crime, please contact Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detective Libby at 863-287-4551.
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