Detectives are searching for a suspect who forced his way into the home of a Lakeland family and stole Christmas presents and other items.
According to the initial investigation, the victim left her home early on Monday, December 20, 2021, to meet family members for breakfast.
When she returned home around 11:30 a.m., she found her front door forced open and her home ransacked. She also discovered all the wrapped Christmas presents were missing, as well as a company laptop and a flat-screen television.
The victim called PCSO immediately to report the burglary, and detectives were able to capture images of the suspect from the home surveillance system.
“This is called, the Grinch from Christmas 2021 with eggnog brain, and we want him in jail,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
The suspect may be driving a 2019 or newer dark-colored 4-door Chevrolet Malibu.
“This Grinch needs to be caught and held accountable for his criminal actions,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Thankfully, detectives are working with Polk Sheriff’s Charities to ensure these children have a Merry Christmas in spite of this horrible act.
“Please contact our detectives with any information about this burglary, or call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS to remain anonymous,” Judd.
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