Deputies in Polk County say a 68-year-old woman was robbed while on her way to church on two separate occasions.
Both times, investigators say she was attacked after leaving her home in the area of Longfellow Blvd. and Colonial Avenue
The first robbery was on June 10. Investigators report an unknown male pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. According to a police report, the man hit the lady in the face and robbed her.
The victim described the suspect only as an average height male, white or Hispanic, wearing dark clothes carrying a black semi-automatic handgun.
Records later show someone attempted to use the victim's stolen credit card at a nearby Target, but the card was denied.
Detectives say that the second robbery happened on Sunday, July 1. The woman was leaving her house to go to church when the suspect confronted her and demanded money. He then pushed her into her house and stole cash from her night stand.
The suspect fled the scene on foot.
Deputies say he was armed and wearing a black long- sleeved shirt, black mask, and was carrying a black book bag.
The victim suffered minor injuries from being hit. Detectives believe there is more than one suspect although the robberies have the same characteristics.
They are interested in talking to the man seen in the Target surveillance video. If anyone has any information about these incidents or recognizes the man seen in the video, please contact Detective Kenjamin Libby at 863.298.6200 ext.1237.
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