Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk Sheriff's Office is alerting anyone who drives a Dodge or Chrysler in the Winter Haven area needs to be on their guard.
Deputies warn they're seeing a growing trend of car thefts. Then, the crooks are using those stolen cars to commit smash and grabs. The suspects are ramming through front glass doors of businesses that sell electronics and grabbing what they can.
The biggest targets right now are Jeep Cherokees, Dodge Caravans and Plymouth vans.
Winter Haven Police are asking for the public's help in locating a stolen vehicle and also warning businesses of a potential smash & grab occurrence.
Officers say on Jan. 7, around 1:20 p.m., a 1996 white Jeep Grand Cherokee (FL tag N648DU) was reported stolen from 50 Lake Howard Dr., SW in Winter Haven.
The owner last saw the vehicle at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6.
The white Grand Cherokee (pictured above) has distinctive yellow stickers advertising "You Lube" oil change. Additional distinguishing items include a black front bumper cover and a St Joseph's Catholic magnet.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to call Sgt. Don Nunnery at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.
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