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Police search for person of interest in string of burglaries

Winter Haven, Florida-- After a string of convenience store burglaries across Polk County Friday morning, Winter Haven Police say they need the public's help to identify a person of interest. 

According to the police report, surveillance footage from the Circle K on the 1000 block of First Street South shows a black male as he parked what could be a white Cutlass Ciera at a pump, and walked inside the store to pay for gas. 

About 20 minutes later, police say two suspects walked in the same Circle K's business office through the rear of the store, and also attempted to force open a storage shed out back. 

No more than ten minutes later, another convenience store in the area was burglarized, and surveillance footage showed the same suspects. This time, they reportedly used bolt cutters to get into the store. 

Photos: See photos from the surveillance footage here

Officials say the same vehicle seen in surveillance footage from the Circle K was also caught on camera at the second location, and other convenience stores that were burglarized around Central and East Polk County Friday morning.

During the burglaries, both suspects were wearing gloves and coverings over their heads. As indicated on the photo of the Circle K office burglary image, one suspect is wearing a distinctive black and red jacket. 

Police ask anyone with information regarding the identity of these suspects, or the burglaries they're linked to, to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or call Sgt. Don Nunnery at 863-291-5858. 

Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.


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