POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help identifying an armed serial robber before he strikes again.
Investigators believe the suspect could be responsible for five armed robberies in Polk and Osceola counties. Within the last few days, five armed robberies have occurred in Osceola County and Haines City with a similar suspect description.
The most recent incident occurred at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the Murphy USA located at 3256 Vineland Road in Kissimmee. The suspect entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspect was wearing a tan jacket, light-colored jeans, a grey baseball hat, a black mask and black sneakers. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.
The first robbery was at 4:19 a.m. on April 15. Osceola County deputies responded to a 7-Eleven located at 7525 Osceola Polk Line Road in Davenport. An employee and a customer said a male entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. He was not in a vehicle.
The second robbery was at 2:43 a.m. on April 17. Osceola County deputies responded to 7-Eleven located at 5880 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee. An employee said an unknown male entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. He was not in a vehicle.
The third robbery was at 4:27 a.m. on April 18. Authorities responded to the Circle K (Formerly Kangaroo) located at 1013 East Hinson Avenue in Haines City. investigators say a suspect had a gun and demanded money. The suspect later fled the store on foot, east bound on Hinson Avenue.
The fourth robbery was at 11:11 p.m. on April 18. Authorities responded to the Marathon Gas Station located at 95 US Highway 17/92 in Haines City. investigators say the suspect entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspect later fled the store on foot, east bound on Oak Avenue.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 40’s or 50’s, approximately 6’0″, 150 lbs.
Anyone with information is to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at
(407) 348-2222, Haines City Police Department at (863) 421-3636, Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS (8477) or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477).
Calls made to Crimeline or Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.
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