Lakeland, Florida -- Deputies have arrested a manfor a string of smash-n-grab business burglaries that happened inthree different jurisdictions in Polk County.

According to reports, Sheffield broke into the following stores in Polk County between July 21 and July 22:

  • Advanced Discount Auto Parts - Lakeland
  • Sears - Lakeland
  • AT&T - Bartow
  • Radio Shack - Bartow
  • Badcock Furniture, South Florida Avenue
  • Family Pawn Shop - Lakeland

The investigation began when deputies responded to an alarm call at the Advanced Discount Auto Parts store. Deputies discovered that the business' front doors had been pried open, and over $600 worth of items were taken.

Approximately 20 minutes later, deputies responded to anotheralarm at the Sears store about 6 miles away. The front doors to that store had been pried open, andapproximately $475 worth of items were taken.

Shortly after these two business burglaries, Bartow P.D. had two - at the AT&T store and the Radio Shack.

Around 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23rd, officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description.

Sheffield was arrested, and post-Miranda, confessed to the burglaries. He told deputies he stole to support his cocaine habit.

Sheffield has been booked into the Polk County Jail.

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