Polk deputies seek information on trio of ‘handle flippers’

The suspects struck early Friday morning in a Lakeland neighborhood.

LAKELAND, Fl. (WFLA) – Authorities in Polk County are issuing a warning to residents about a group of would-be vehicle burglars.

The trio employed a tactic known in law enforcement circles as ‘handle flippers.’

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s office report the young men were caught on camera early Friday morning on Iris Ann Dr. in Lakeland. While residents were sleeping just after 2 am, three suspects in their mid to late teens, walked around the neighborhood pulling on car doors.

If they found one that was unlocked they took anything of value in the vehicle.

One of the suspects was wearing a fishing hat and an ‘Adidas’ sweatshirt. Another was wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers sweatshirt and the third was wearing a plain light-colored ‘hoodie,’ the release states.

If you have any information about this incident or you recognize the suspect in the picture, please contact Detective Kilborn with PCSO at 863-577-1623. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Heartland Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)


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