The following are unsolved crimes throughout Polk, Hardee and Highlands County. Should you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact Crime Stoppers via this website or by calling 1-800-226-TIPS. You are guaranteed anonymity.
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Grand Theft Auto, Winter Haven
February 13, 2019
A felony warrant has been obtained for the arrest of 29 year-old J’Briel Scurry (LKA Kerry Blvd.) of Winter Haven after he failed to return a vehicle to a car dealership.
On 2/2/19 at approximately 3:55 p.m., Scurry along with another man went to the Central Buick GMC dealership (1555 1st St S., Winter Haven) and inquired about purchasing a vehicle. Scurry found a vehicle, test drive the vehicle and ultimately started filling out the necessary financial paperwork for the purchase of the car.
The sales associate was continuing to assist other customers and Scurry and the other man went back outside waiting for the associate. The pair found another car they were interested in and went to the associate asking to see that vehicle. The associate gave Scurry the key to look at the vehicle, which was a 2015 white Buick Verano.
The pair left the dealership with the sales associate unaware that they took the Verano without permission. After a short time passed, it was noticed that the vehicle and a tag from the dealership was missing. The associate called the cell phone listed on the finance paperwork and Scurry answered stating that he would bring the vehicle back before the dealership closed. Numerous additional calls top the cell phone went unanswered and the vehicle was never returned.
On 2/11/19, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Scurry on charges of Grand Theft Auto.
Anyone who knows his whereabouts should call Detective Roias at 863-401-2256. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed and callers could be eligible for a cash reward.
Vehicle Burglaries, Lake Gibson Church of the Navarene, Lakeland
February 12, 2019
On Saturday afternoon, February 9th, two car burglaries were committed at the Lake Gibson Church of Nazarene at 6868 North Socrum Loop Road in Lakeland.
The suspect in these crimes can be seen in the accompanying video, running car-to-car, looking into vehicles for valuables, and smashing the windows.
The suspect had an accomplice driving along side of him in a black Chrysler Pacifica.
Purses, credit cards, ID’s, and personal items were stolen.
Following the burglaries and thefts, two women (pictured near the end of the video) used one of the stolen credit cards to purchase $500 worth of merchandise from Winn Dixie at 6600 North Socrum Loop Road.
If you recognize the women, the van, or the man, or you have any pertinent information, please call Detective Ryan at 863-577-1600, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.
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Theft, Walmart, Winter Haven
February 11, 2019
We Got A Runner!
And we're back with another episode of "Let's ID the People Stealing From Walmart".
These four - went to Walmart at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and filled a couple of buggies. They hung around the produce area near the exit until nobody was looking and they boot-scoot-boogied right out of the doors.
If you recognize either of the women in tis video, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity.
Theft, Walmart, Winter Haven
February 06, 2019
Seriously - with your twin girls?
The subject pictured below went thru the self-checkout at Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd) choosing to not pay full price for the items she selected. She seems happy! We can only hope the little girls have no idea what their mother (or appears to be mother) was up to. Recognize her? Call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guranteed.
Vehicle Burglaries, Lake Crago, Lakeland
February 06, 2019
Can You Help Identify These Two Suspects?
Take a close look at the posted photos. The two men shown are suspects in a recent vehicle burglary that took place at Lake Crago Park. A credit card stolen from the vehicle was used at multiple locations throughout Lakeland. The suspects were last seen driving a black Infinity car.
Suspect one is a black male, approximately 30 – 40 years of age; last seen wearing a white shirt and jeans. He is bald and has an earring in his left ear.
Suspect two is a black male, approximately 30 – 40 years of age; last seen wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and slide shoes.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspects, please call Detective Preston Hale at 863-834-8967 or email at email@example.com.
Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD must contact Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.P3tips.com to submit a tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app.
Porch Pirate, Lakeland
February 06, 2019
On January 31, between 9:22 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the suspect removed a package that was delivered and placed on the front porch of a residence on Dane Court. The package contained 100 sweatbands/tank tops, valued at approximately $1,000.00.
The suspect is described as a tall slender white male in his late twenties – early thirties, short dark hair, wearing a blue t-shirt, blue shorts and gray shoes.
The vehicle appears to be an older model blue Jeep Cherokee with a front black after-market grill.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please call Detective Jarrod Robinson at 863-834-6954 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.P3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app.
February 05, 2019
Wauchula PD: A local business was burglarized early this morning. If anyone has any information on these subjects, this incident or locates a cash drawer, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward b contacting Heartland Crime Stoppers;
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Vehicle Burglary, Homestyle Chicken N Fish, Haines City
February 05, 2019
We're looking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who is accused of burglarizing the vehicle of an employee at Homestyle Chicken N' Fish, 404 E. Hinson Ave., about 4 p.m. Thursday.
The victim, an employee, noticed her car keys were missing from the counter where she usually left them. When she walked out to the parking lot, she noticed the keys hanging from her car door.
When she entered the vehicle, her purse had been rifled through and her cash and cell phone were missing. A review of the surveillance video at the business showed what appears to be a white male wearing a ball cap, red shirt and jeans. After ordering his food, he can be seen reaching through the order window and grabbing the victim’s car keys.
Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or log onto www.P3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is GUARANTEED.
Vehicle Burglaries, Beulah Baptist Church, Fort Meade
February 04, 2019
n Saturday, February 2, 2019, sometime between 2:30pm and 3:30pm, unknown suspects entered several vehicles which were parked at the Beulah Baptist Church at 702 S. French Ave in Ft. Meade during a funeral service. The unknown suspects entered the vehicles by breaking out a rear window. They removed property to include currency, credit and debit cards and electronics. One of the stolen bank cards was used in the Wauchula area of Hardee County, to the south of Ft. Meade, shortly after the burglary. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact Det. Walters (863)499-2400, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.
Vehicle Burglaries, Lakeland Highlands Scrub Park, Lakeland
February 04, 2019
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting help in identifying a couple of suspects.
On Saturday, February 2, 2019, sometime between 12:00pm and 12:49pm, a vehicle burglary occurred at the "Lakeland Highlands Scrub" park located at 6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd in Lakeland. The unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim's vehicle by breaking out a window with an unknown object and removed a purse containing several credit/debit cards and items of identification. At approximately 1:00pm one of the stolen credit cards was used at the "Margin Free" Liquor store located at 2017 George Jenkins Blvd in Lakeland where surveillance images were obtained.
One suspect, described as a black female, possibly 30-40 years of age wearing a dark colored zippered hoodie, used a stolen card to purchase liquor and ice. The female suspect was accompanied by a short haired black male, possible 30-40 years of age wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored shorts and dark colored shoes. If anyone can identify either of these suspects or has any information about this incident, please contact Det. Walters at (863)499-2400, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.
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