Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives arrested a Winter Haven man for robbery the day after he committed the crime, thanks to a positive latent print identification.
Around 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, an unknown black male suspect entered the Dollar General Store located at 620 Ronald Reagan Parkway in Davenport and walked around in the area of the checkout counter, eventually placing a couple of items on the counter once no other customers were around. While the clerk was ringing up the items, the suspect leaned over and told her that he was going to rob her and that he would kill her if she did not comply. He instructed her to open the cash register, and she complied. The suspect then reached across the counter, removed an undisclosed amount of cash, and left the store. During the robbery, he wore a neon orange safety vest.
PCSO Robbery detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. The Crime Scene Investigators processed items left behind by the suspect, and were able to recover several AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) quality prints. They entered the prints into the AFIS database, and received a positive hit, indicating that the suspect was 46-year-old Michael B. Leonard, DOB 11/29/1965, of 8450 Jamestown Drive in Winter Haven. He was wearing the same neon orange safety vest when he was taken into custody.
Detectives also showed Leonard's photo embedded in a "photo pack" (series of several photos of different men) to the store clerk/victim, and she positively identified Leonard as the man who robbed her.
PCSO Robbery detectives obtained a warrant for Leonard's arrest for Robbery. When Leonard responded to his place of employment this afternoon, Thursday, October 18, 2012, detectives placed him under arrest and booked him into the Polk County Jail.
Leonard has been in the Polk County Jail on eight prior occasions, for charges such as Kidnapping and Robbery - for which he was sentenced to state prison; Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Dealing in Stolen Property, Forgery, and Grand Theft - for which he was sentenced to state prison; Filing a False Police Report; Forgery; and Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Paraphernalia -- for which he was sentenced to state prison.