Lakeland, FL -- Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a robbery investigation at the Marathon Food Mart located at 1950 Dranefield Road in Lakeland.
According to police, on Sunday, June 19, at approximately 8:09 p.m., a man came into the store and got drink from the cooler. When he got to the counter to pay, he told the clerk that he had forgotten his money. He went out to his car, came back, told the clerk he got the wrong drink and went back to the cooler to get another one.
He came back to the counter to pay for the new drink and when the clerk opened the register, the man pulled out a gun and demanded the money. He then jumped the counter, took the money from the register and several packs of Newport cigarettes from the display behind the counter.