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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Vehicle Burglaries, Bartow
October 16, 2019

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Bartow Police Department are investigating several car burglaries in the same area of Bartow, all located around Lyle Parkway near North Broadway Avenue. These burglaries occurred in late September and early October.

Some of the burglaries have been committed within the city limits, while some were committed outside of the city limits.

As of now, we don’t have much evidence to work with. Bartow PD shared with PCSO some still images from security video, in which the suspects can be seen.

We are hoping someone might possibly recognize the suspects in these images, or have information that might be helpful to the investigation. If so, please call Detective Bulman at 863-499-2400, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website
www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

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Grand Theft, Walmart, Winter Haven
October 14, 2019

During the early morning hours of Thursday, October 3rd, a man walked into the Mulberry Walmart and began gathering up expensive merchandise.

He managed to steal more than $2,000 worth of items and fled.

The man was witnessed hopping into a silver or gray Nissan Altima or Maxima.

The images show the man as he entered the store at about 3:04 a.m.

If you happen to recognize the man, or you know anything that might be helpful to this investigation, please contact Detective Wright at 863-499-2400, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Robberies (2) Winter Haven
October 13, 2019

The PCSO Robbery Unit is investigating two armed business robberies that occurred in Winter Haven during the early morning hours, committed by the same three suspects.

Here's the video on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/IBri7TSBPvM

Preliminary information so far is as follows:

Around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019, an armed robbery occurred at the Citgo gas station located at 2415 Avenue G NW in the Inwood area of Winter Haven in unincorporated Polk County. The three suspects went into the store and robbed the clerk, then fled in an unknown direction. All three had their faces covered and were wearing gloves. Two of the three were armed.

A second armed robbery occurred at 6:50 a.m. at the Marathon gas station located at 2600 Havendale Blvd in the Auburndale/Winter Haven area of unincorporated Polk County. A review of video surveillance shows the same three suspects.

The suspects are described as:

A black male, approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, blue shorts, black and white nylon leggings, and Converse sneakers. He was armed with a chrome handgun, and carrying a multi-colored backpack.

A black male, approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall, wearing white gloves and carrying a blue backpack. He was not armed.

An unknown race male, approximately 5'6" to 5'8" all, wearing black pants, a blue hoodie, and wearing a blue latex glove on his left hand and a white glove on his right hand. He was armed with a black pistol.
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Theft, Publix on 540A, Lakeland
October 09, 2019

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help in identifying the subjects involved in a petit theft case.

On 9/21/2019, an unknown black male suspect, wearing a white tank top, blue shorts, and black slide on shoes, entered the Publix located at 2125 Highway 540A in Lakeland, FL. The suspect took a green shopping basket and place several food items inside of the basket. The suspect eventually exited the store without purchasing any of the items. The suspect was observed getting in to a silver Toyota Corolla and fled eastbound on Highway 540 A. The suspect has not been identified at this time.

If anyone can identify this suspect or can provide any information to help solve this crime please contact Detective Bolin at 863-499-2400 or 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers:
Web: www.P3Tips.com or click on the "Submit-A-Tip" tab
App: Download the free "p3tips" app.
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Credit Card Fraud, Auburndale
October 07, 2019

 
 
 
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One of our detectives would like to speak to the man you see in these pictures about one of her cases.

Here’s the scoop…

Mr. J purchased a $50 gift card at a Kissimmee Walmart on September 27th, and gave it to his friend Ms. L later that same day (we could all use a friend like Mr. J, right?).

Ms. L attempted to use the gift card later that same day at the Auburndale Walmart, but the card had no balance.

Management told Ms. L that the card was used at a Gibsonton Walmart less than three hours prior.

Walmart says that the man in the pictures is the man who used that card information (a faux card), so our detective would really like to speak with him. You know, sit down for crumpets and a spot of tea...share stories of days gone by...and perhaps find what's up with the fake card shenanigans.



Bank Robbery, Auburndale
October 04, 2019



Vehicle Burglary, Lake Wales
October 04, 2019

Surveillance video shows a a male, wearing glasses, with bushy hair, approaching a vehicle, which was locked, and pull on the door handle. The suspect leaves the locked vehicle and walks to the one beside it. This vehicle owner failed to lock their vehicle. The suspect opens the door and rummages through the vehicle looking for something to steal. Then it is on to the neighbor’s house looking for the next unlocked vehicle.

The Lake Wales Police Department is looking for your assistance. First, please participate in the “9 o’clock Routine” and make sure you lock your vehicle at night. Second, please let us know if you can identify this suspect. The suspect is

Anyone having information regarding this investigation is asked to call Crime Analyst Kim Fairbanks at (863) 678-4223 extension 238.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

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Theft of Trailer, Auburndale
October 01, 2019

Between 09/02/2019 and 09/03/2019, a burglary occurred at the City of Auburndale waste water treatment plant at 1300 Recker Highway. Stolen from the location was a white 16’ Lark box trailer that contained a Gravely 260 mower along with Stihl lawn equipment and hand tools.

If you have any information on this burglary or where the stolen property can be found, you can leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers AND be eligible for a cssh reward!
Web: www.P3Tips.com or click on the "Submit A Tip" button
App: Download the free "p3tips" app
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Theft, Tobacco and Vape, 4672 Hwy 540A East, Lakeland
September 27, 2019

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help in identifying a subject involved in a petit theft case.

On 9/23/2019, the suspect entered the Tobacco and Vape store located at 4672 Highway 540A East in Lakeland, FL. The suspect asked the store clerk questions regarding CBD product and when the clerk walked away to assist another customer, she placed the CBD gummied in her purse valued at $29.99. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown vehicle and direction. The suspect has not been identified at this time.

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Theft of Cigarettes, Circle K, Lakeland
September 26, 2019

On Wednesday, September 18th at 11:00 am, a man entered the Circle K convenience store at 2425 Memorial Boulevard West in Lakeland and asked for two packs of Newport cigarettes.

The cashier placed the cigarettes on the counter and the man ran a debit card through the card reader, but it was declined.

The man simply picked up the cigarettes and walked out with them.

The cashier followed, and told the man the card was denied, but he ignored her. He got into a gold Chevy Envoy and drove away.

The man is described as being black with short black hair, about 5’8” to 6’0” tall, and 175-200lbs.

If you recognize the man, or know anything about this crime, please contact Detective Galstad at 863-577-1621, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet

 

convenience store at 2425 Memorial Boulevard West in Lakeland and asked for two packs of Newport cigarettes.

The cashier placed the cigarettes on the counter and the man ran a debit card through the card reader, but it was declined.

The man simply picked up the cigarettes and walked out with them.

The cashier followed, and told the man the card was denied, but he ignored her. He got into a gold Chevy Envoy and drove away.

The man is described as being black with short black hair, about 5’8” to 6’0” tall, and 175-200lbs.

If you recognize the man, or know anything about this crime, please contact Detective Galstad at 863-577-1621, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

 


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