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Teenage Girl Physically Accosted & Robbed At Lake Wales RaceTrac Last Night

Lake Wales Police Department Press Release

Officers responded to the Race Trac, located at 1740 HWY 60 E, in reference to past occurred personal robbery. Officers made contact with the juvenile victim who reported the following: She stated she got off work at approximately 10:00pm and drove to Race Trac to get gas. She parked by pump 1 and proceeded to walk into the business to pay for the gas with cash. As she got to the west corner of the building a black male grabbed her and pulled her behind the bushes. The suspect told her to give him her money. At which point he took her wallet, removed her money, threw the wallet on the ground, and fled the area. She then picked up her wallet, ran back to her car, and drove away. She described the suspect as a dark skinned black male, with a beard, and a deep voice. She stated the suspect was approx. 5’8” tall, muscular build, wearing a dark hoodie, dark jeans, dark tennis shoes, and had a musty odor.

Officer Waldron conducted a canine track and PCSO Air Unit responded to assist. However, the track and air search ended with negative results. Det. Metz responded to the scene to take over the investigation. PCSO Crime Scene responded and processed the scene. At this point no witnesses have been located but there were vehicles coming and going from the parking lot. If anyone witnessed this incident they are asked to contact Detective Metz at (863) 678-4223 extension 265 or Heartland Crime Stopper at (800) 226-8477. Detectives are currently working to see if the incident or the suspect was captured on video surveillance. As of this time the suspect is unknown. This investigation is still currently active.

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