LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested several suspects accused of battering and robbing an elderly woman at gunpoint twice in one month outside of her home.
Police say the first robbery was on the evening of June 10. The 68-year-old woman was leaving her home on Dante Street to go to church when she was approached by a man and robbed at gunpoint.
The man allegedly hit her in the face with the gun and stole her money and personal belongings. He was later seen on a nearby Target surveillance camera after he tried to use her credit card and was denied. He can be seen leaving the store empty-handed.
He is described as a white or Hispanic male, and was wearing a gray T-shirt, orange shorts, flip flops, and a blue hat with the words "NAVY" on it while at the store.
In the second robbery on the morning of July 1, police say the woman was leaving her home to go to church when she was robbed again. She was hit on the head and pushed into her home, then had money stolen from her nightstand.
The suspect in that case was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and a black mask. He was also carrying a black backpack.
If anyone has any information on the case, please contact Detective Kenjamin Libby at 863-298-6200 ext. 1237.
Anyone who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.