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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/4/2011 

 Prima Store Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder Update 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives have arrested George Luis Palma Jr., DOB 06/10/1970, 18301 St James Court, Tampa, in connection to the January 29, 2011, Attempted Robbery and Attempted Murder which occurred at the Prima Store located at 6980 County Line Road in Mulberry.

Through the investigation, PCSO detectives were able to identify Palma as one of the suspects involved in the Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder which occurred at approximately 7:53 p.m.  

As reported earlier, two masked and armed male suspects ran into the store, pointed handguns at the employees and ordered them to get onto the ground.  As one suspect was restraining a victim, the other suspect shot another victim several times as the victim laid face down on the ground.  After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the suspects fled in a silver Chevrolet Malibu.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a second suspect.  Kenneth Harold Burke Jr., DOB, 07/21/1980, last known address of 8731 Hyaleah Road Tampa, is also wanted for Attempted Felony Murder with a Firearm, and Attempted Robbery with a Firearm.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information regarding Burke’s whereabouts, or this investigation is urged to contact Detective Consuelo Bias at 863.298.6200 or 1.800.226.0344, or call Heartland Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.         


To remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is GUARANTEED!