Man burglarized Lakeland restaurant during curfew, deputies say

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Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives are attempting to identify a suspect who burglarized a Lakeland Mexican restaurant during Tuesday's curfew.

The suspect threw a cement paver through the front door of Dona Julia's Mexican Restaurant, 5375 S. Florida Ave., about 1:12 a.m. The business owner told detectives the suspect stole approximately $300.00 worth of alcohol.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with a medium build, approximately 20 to 30 years old. He was wearing a white ball cap with a dark colored bill, a light colored shirt under a light colored button up, long shorts, and athletic type shoes. He has dark hair and a dark beard.

"Let's catch this guy. With so many people helping each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, this thug wants to steal from a local business," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "Shame on him. Call us or call Crime Stoppers if you know him. Let's put him in jail."

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Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Williams at 863-499-2400, 863-298-6200, or email him at

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and to be eligible for a reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226- TIPS or log on to Heartland Crime Stoppers to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free "P3tips" mobile app. 


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