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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Burglary, Plant City
June 04, 2018

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Plant City Police Department Detectives Search for Suspects Who Took Property from Rental Company

On May 28, 2018 at approximately 4:09 a.m., unknown subjects knocked down the fence surrounding Taylor Rental at 601 Collins Street South in Plant City. After gaining entry to the property, the suspects took a variety of items which included: a John Deere mower, diesel generators, rims, tires and propane. The total value of the stolen property is approximately $30,000. A truck or large vehicle would of been needed to move the items due to their weight and size. Two of the suspects were captured on surveillance video.



Grand Theft, Wal Mart, Haines City
June 01, 2018

 
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On Thursday, May 17th, 2018 around 1:50am, 2 black males entered the Haines City Walmart and selected $1928.22 in merchandise. The subjects proceeded to the checkout line where they distracted the cashier after she had scanned all of the items. After getting her to look away from the register, one of the suspects pushes a button on the cash register, closing out the transaction and making it appear as if it had been paid for. The manager came over and bega



Shoplifting, Dollar General, Lake Hamilton
May 30, 2018

Lake Hamilton PD shoplifting suspect.

On May 25, 2018, the suspect pictured shoplifted items from the Dollar General in Lake Hamilton. If you recognize this person, give us a call at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) . Not only will we keep you anonymous, but we will also pay a cash reward if your tip results in his arrest !

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Fleeing to Elude, Lakeland
May 29, 2018

 On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the subject pictured below fled from one of our detectives attempting to make a traffic stop. The suspect's vehicle is a primer black/white sport bike with a partially covered Florida tag first two digits are MG and the last two are 78.

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Grand Theft, Kohl's. Lake Wales
May 29, 2018

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Haines City, Theft of Trimmer
May 25, 2018

 Mr. Red 24 Jersey decides he needs a weed trimmer, but he doesn't want to buy his own. He wants to steal someone else's! Except like we've said a million times, #theftistheft and #crimedoesntpay. So help us to figure out who Mr. Red 24 is so we can talk to him about not touching other people's things.
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Theft of Wallet, Winter Haven
May 24, 2018

On May 23, our victim left his wallet on the CVS (400 6th St NW) counter. Enter someone who has no regard for other people's property. Help identify him!
 
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Hit and Run (11-26-17), SR 60, Mulberry
May 24, 2018

Polk County SO: November 2017 Hit and Run Fatality on SR 60 in Mulberry remains unsolved.

The PCSO Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017, 30-year-old Barry Lee Powell Jr., of N Pleasant Ave. in Bartow, was walking westbound along the shoulder of Hwy 60, just east of Cedar Trail Landfill, in Bartow when he was struck by an unknown vehicle also traveling westbound.

Powell was declared deceased on scene.

Detectives are looking for an unknown make and model black vehicle that would have damage to the passenger side, front headlamp assembly, and front quarter panel.

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD of up to $3,000, is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS 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. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

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Hit and Run Fatality, Bowling Green
May 24, 2018

Bowling Green PD: Do you know who was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Pablo Raminez on May 5, 2018 at 9 PM?

The Bowling Green Police Department is investigating a hit and run pedestrian fatality that occurred on May 5, 2018 in the 300 block of West Jones Street, between Chester Av and Doyle Parker Av, in Bowling Green. The pedestrian, Pablo Raminez, 1-26-48 has succumbed to injuries related to the crash.

If you have any information as to the vehicle involved and/or the driver, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers who is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 for the anonymous tip made to Crime Stoppers which results in the arrest of the person responsible.
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)
Web: www.P3tips.com of click on the "Contact Us" tab.
App: Download the free "P3tips" app to your smart device.

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Vehicle Burglary/Credit Card Fraud, Haines City
May 20, 2018

Published by Chip Brown · May 20 at 8:30pm · 

Haines City PD is attempting to identify suspect(s) from a vehicle burglary that occurred in the parking lot of the Lake Eva Aquatic Center yesterday morning.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the victim locked her vehicle and entered the aquatic facility. The suspect(s) took a purse from the victim’s vehicle by breaking a window. The victim received an alert from her bank at 10:13 a.m. of a possible unauthorized transaction at Publix located at 617 U.S. 17 in Haines City.

The suspects made three separate transactions for various types of gift cards in the amount of $1,387.64. The suspect(s) then traveled to the Winter Haven area and used the victim’s cards at a Walgreens and Staples. A similar vehicle burglary occurred in the Winter Haven area with the same suspect(s), who returned to the Walgreen’s located at 38500 Highway 27 North in Haines City and used the victim’s debit card.

The suspects are described as black females, both approximately 25-35 years old. One was wearing a white shirt with the possible emblem of NASA on it, a gray hoodie with Pink angel wings with “HERO” written on the back and light gray sweatpants. The second suspect has long black hair and was wearing a light gray shirt, light gray pants, and they may be traveling in a silver or white SUV.

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 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!!

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Bank Robber (Multiple locations in Florida)
May 15, 2018

On May 14, 2018 at approximately 4:54 p.m., a Hispanic male entered the Wells Fargo bank located at 808 Pebble Beach Boulevard N. in Sun City Center. The suspect passed a note to the teller demanding that she stay quiet and give him money. The suspect received money then fled the bank on foot in a southbound direction. Detectives believe that this suspect could be responsible for two bank robberies in Kissimmee and one in Sarasota earlier this month, where he was seen driving a maroon Kia.

The suspect is described as being 55-60 yoa, 5'08", 160lbs., salt/pepper hair. Surveillance photos showing the suspect wearing a long black sleeve shirt are from the Wells Fargo in Sun City Center. The photos of the suspect wearing a long blue sleeve shirt are from the Bank of America in Kissimmee on May 11, 2018. The suspect has a Spanish accent, possibly Cuban or Puerto Rican, has a cast or dressing on his left hand and a tear drop tattoo under his left eye.

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Theft and Flim Falm, El Carpazo, 6980 Hwy 60 West, Mulberry
May 15, 2018

On Wednesday, May 9th, at around 2:30 in the afternoon, this guy saunters into the El Carpazo Loco at 6980 Hwy 60 West in Mulberry, and proceeded to carry out his crookery. 

As you can see, Mr. Thiefo Loco, rocking a classy all-gray tee-shirt/sweatpants ensemble, walks into the store empty-handed, goes down an aisle, and then to the counter. Is Mr. Thiefo Loco going to buy the Kalorik Air Fryer? If Mr. Thiefo Loco wasn't a thief, yes, he would. But, Mr. Thiefo Loco is a thief, so he instead sets the fryer down, and tells the cashier that his mother purchased the fryer, it doesn't work, and demanded a refund.

El Carpazo Loco hands Mr. Thiefo Loco $40. In hindsight (and after seeing the video), El Carpazo Loco staff realized they basically paid Mr. Thiefo Loco $40 to carry their fryer twenty-feet across their store.

Mr. Thiefo Loco took his two $20 bills, and walked away. But he wasn't done. Mr. Thiefo Loco turned right around and came back...like a bad movie sequel. "Mr. Thiefo Loco II: Electric Boogaloo." This time, Mr. Thiefo Loco accuses the cashier of trying to short-change him. Mr. Thiefo Loco said the cashier gave him a twenty dollar bill and a one dollar bill, not two twenties. 

At this point, the store has had it up to here with, "The customer is always right" and tells Mr. Thiefo Loco he's loco. So Mr. Thiefo Loco gets into a black, newer model sedan, possibly a Chevy, which no doubt looked every bit as awesome as his t-shirt and sweatpants, and he drove away.
 
 
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Shoplifting, Circle K, 933 W. Pipkin Rd, Lakeland
May 11, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a retail theft.

At approximately 3:54 PM, on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 933 Pipkin Road W Lakeland,FL.

An unknown black female entered the business wearing black pants, a t-shirt, and a backpack. While in the store, the suspect placed numerous items in her backpack, and then exited the business without paying for the items. It is unknown if she left on foot or in a vehicle, or which direction she fled.

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Shoplifting, Circle K, 2425 W. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
May 11, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a petit theft.

At approximately 2:27 AM, on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 2425 Memorial Blvd W Lakeland,FL.

An unknown black male entered the business wearing a dark colored baseball hat, a dark colored shirt with white writing, and camo type shorts. The suspect grabbed numerous cases of beer, and then fled the business in a silver/tan SUV without paying for the beer. It is believed the suspect has been involved in two other recent thefts from the same business.

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Thefts from Carport, East Civitan Avenue and South Combee Road, Lakeland
May 09, 2018

This involves a series of crimes that occurred in the same carport near East Civitan Avenue and South Combee Road in Lakeland during the month of April. The crime spree of the BBQ Bandit is as follows:

April 12, 2018: The BBQ Bandit entered the carport at around 5:46 p.m., and stole two bags of charcoal.

April 16, 2018: At 2:37 a.m., the BBQ Bandit returns! This time, he's in need of some gasoline, so he takes a full 5-gallon can.

April 21, 2018: The BBQ Bandit revisits the scene of the crime at 5:08 a.m. but doesn't take anything. He either forgot what he came for, or the carport just didn't have what he was looking for. Was he expecting steak, chicken, or pork to be available?

April 28, 2018: One last visit to the carport. This time he stops by at 9:55 p.m.
 
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Retail Theft, Circle 2425 W. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
May 09, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help with a Retail Theft, which occurred on April 28, 2018 at approximately 5:00 a.m. from the Circle K store located at 2425 Memorial Blvd in Lakeland, Florida.

The pictured suspect exited the store carrying two 18 packs of Natural Light beer without paying. Suspect fled the scene in a silver car, possibly a Hyundai.

The suspect is a dark skinned male, possibly Hispanic or black, approximately 5’9”, wearing a black hoodie over a white shirt, white shorts and white shoes.

If you recognize this suspect, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers. CA$H rewards

web: www.p3tips.com or click on the "Contact Us" tab
app: download the free "P3tips" app
phone: 1-800-226-TIPS(8477)

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Theft, Walmart, Lake Wales
May 08, 2018

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Theft, Circle K, 2425 W Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
May 08, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Retail Theft investigation.

At approximately 2:10 AM, on Saturday, April 12, 2018, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 2425 Memorial Blvd W Lakeland, FL.

An unknown white female placed several food items in her purse, then exited the business without paying for the items. An unknown black male also accompanied the female suspect. It is unknown if they were on foot or in a vehicle, or which way they fled from the business.

If you know who this suspect is, leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers. If your tip results in her arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward!

Web: Click on the "Contact Us" tab or go to www.p3tips.com
App: Download the free "P3tips" app
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Fraud, Walmart, Auburndale
May 08, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in a fraud investigation.

On April 10, 2018 at 4:49 P.M., the above subjects used a stolen credit card to make a purchase at the Walmart in Auburndale, Florida. The suspects are two black females. One appears to be 25-40 years of age, wearing blue jeans and a blue t-shirt. The second subject is approximately 25-35 wearing a pink shirt.

If you recognize either of these suspects, you can leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a cash reward if your tip results in an arrest!
Web: Click on the "Contact Us" tab or go to www.p3tips.com
App: Download the free "P3tips" app to your smart device
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Credit Card Theft/Fraud, Davenport
May 07, 2018

Polk County SO: Do you recognize these guys? They are using credit cards stolen in vehicle burglaries in Davenport on April 28th.

Leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a cash reward if your tip results in an arrest !

Web: Click on the "Contact Us" tab or go to www.P3tips.com
App: Download the free "P3tips" app to your smart device
Phone: Call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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