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Donation bucket theft from Circle K in Lakeland

Nov 29, 2023
Media Contact : Carrie Horstman

CRIME: RETAIL THEFT
CRIME SCENE: CIRCLE K, 4415 OLD KATHLEEN RD, LAKELAND
POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CASE #23-48359

Polk County Sheriff's detectives are looking to identify the theft suspect seen here who stole a donation bucket filled with cash from the Circle K store located at 4415 Old Kathleen Road in Lakeland.

The theft occurred at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2023. The suspect, wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, with short cropped hair and a thin beard, was hanging around the counter where the phone chargers are when the clerk observed him putting a charger in his pants pocket. As the clerk approached him, he took a pink bucket from the counter that was filled with cash, under his jacket, then ran from the store - smiling. The purpose of the bucket was for donations for a citizen who had had surgery and needed financial assistance.

If you happen to recognize this smiling thief, or you have information regarding this crime, please contact Detective Wright at 863-577-1600, or at swright@polksheriff.org.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers in one of four ways:
• CALL 1-888-400 TIPS (8477)
• DIAL **TIPS from your cell phone
• VISIT www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip,"
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