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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/2/2007 

 PCSO Robbery Detectives Arrest Store Clerk in Phony Robbery 


Polk County Sheriff’s robbery detectives began investigating an armed business robbery that occurred at the Publix Pix convenience store located at 2175 State Road 540A, Lakeland, on March 19, 2007.

The clerk, Krista Elliot, WF, DOB 07/18/1984, 2345 Flaming Arrow Drive,

Lakeland, reported that an unknown assailant entered the store. Elliot said she was grabbed from behind and taken to the cash register area and was forced to remove the money from the safe. Elliot told detectives that an undisclosed amount of money was taken and the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

On Monday, April 30, 2007, and after a month long investigation, Elliot and an accomplice, David Bellamy, BM, DOB 10/11/1982, 107 Cambridge Circle, Lakeland, were arrested and charged with Grand Theft and Filing a False Police Report.

One other suspect, B/M Ernest Gainers, D.O.B. 12/11/1986 is also wanted in connection with this crime and a warrant for Grand Theft has been issued.

If anyone has information on his whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit at 863-534-6379 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-0344.