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Unsolved Crimes

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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9/20/2014 - Robbery, Dollar General, 4520 US Hwy 92 East, Lakeland

Do you know this guy? He robbed the Dollar General store at 4520 US Hwy 92 East in Lakeland around 8 pm last evening, Sept 19th. He got a pack of diapers and some other items, went to the counter, pointed a gun at the clerk, stole some stuff, and then fled on foot. He`s described as a thin white male, 5`11", with an unshaven face and dirty blonde hair. He was wearing a black zipped up hooded sweatshirt with a Green Bay Packers logo on the back, khaki cargo shorts, and black shoes. He can be seen here in video surveillance photos.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information about this robbery, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) - remain anonymous, get cash! Or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

 

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9/15/2014 - Stolen Trailer/Motorcycles, Travelodge, 3425 US 98 North, Lakeland

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, there was a grand theft of a trailer with two motorcycles from the Travelodge, 3425 Highway 98 N. 

The trailer was later recovered at a bank on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Bartow Police Department recovered one motorcycle after a black male driving it ran from them and wrecked the motorbike, the black male was able to elude officers. The other motorcycle was recovered after a white male dropped it off running at the Tax Collector Office on N Massachusetts Avenue and got into an SUV and drove away. 

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-17424 Detective Bailey

 

 

 

 

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9/13/2014 - Shootings, Lakeland
First Shooting – September 12, 2014 at 8:45 p.m.

On September 12, 2014, at 8: 45 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several calls of shots fired in the area of 100 Emma Street. Moments later, an off-duty officer working a detail at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) reported a gunshot victim had just been brought to the hospital in a private vehicle. The officer discovered there was blood on the exterior and interior of the vehicle along with several bullet holes. Officers who responded to Emma Street found numerous shell casings in the roadway. 

The victim has been identified as Rashon L. Faniel, 27 years old and he was shot once in the chest. The two subjects in the vehicle that transported the victim to LRMC have been identified as Allan Faniel, 21 years old and Tiquan L. Faniel, 30 years old. Allan Faniel was arrested for Resisting Arrest without Violence after he provided a false name to the investigating officer. Allen Faniel advised he had no knowledge of the shooting and Tiquan Faniel refused to cooperate with detectives. Rashon Faniel was admitted in serious condition and at this time, his condition is unknown.

Victim: Rashon L. Faniel
Address: 7348 Hunters Green Circle. 

Second Shooting – September 13, 5:57 a.m.

On September 13, at 5:57 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of 113 Emma Street. Around that same time, a vehicle dropped off the victim at LRMC and then left prior to anyone making contact with them. The victim has been identified as Devan Williams, 24 years old, and he had been shot once in the chest and was unable to provide a statement. Police responded to the scene on Emma Street and located numerous shell casings in the roadway. They also discovered a house at 113 Emma Street had been shot up. This house is being described as Trap House whereas drugs are sold and other illegal activates occur routinely. 

Several witnesses who heard the guns shots were interviewed by detectives however at this time, no witnesses advised they actually saw the shooting. Devan Williams was admitted in serious condition and at this his condition is unknown. 

Victim: Devan Williams
Address: 1720 Bellgrove Street, Lakeland, Fla. 

Third Shooting – September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

On September 13, at 11:00 a.m., The Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of 800 N. Vermont Avenue in reference to a shooting. The victim has been identified as Edward Charles, 32 years old, and he had been shot once in the chest. Charles was able to say that a vehicle drove by and someone fired 5 or 6 shots in his direction. The vehicle is only described as white 4 door sedan. Numerous shell casings were located in the roadway at Vermont and Parker Street. At this time, no other witnesses have been located and Charles was admitted to LRMC in serious condition. 

Victim: Edward Charles
Address: Unknown at this time

Detectives are still investigating all three shootings and suspect that all three could be related due to the close proximity of the shootings. The Lakeland Police Department has added additional resources to curtail any other possible shootings to include tactical officers throughout the evening assisting patrol. There is no other information at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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9/10/2014 - Credit Card Fraud, Publix, Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Same suspect, different stores: PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying a woman who used a fraudulent credit card at two Publix locations - one in Winter Haven and one in Lakeland.

Around 8:27 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, the suspect seen here in video surveillance used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $100 worth of items, including a Visa gift card and a birthday card, at a Publix located on Cypress Gardens Blvd in Winter Haven.

Around 4:34 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014, the same suspect used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $100 worth of items, including diapers and a balloon that said "It`s a Boy!" at the Oakbridge Publix store in Lakeland. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female wearing a dark shirt and black pants.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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9/10/2014 - Illegal Dumping, Scenic Hwy, Lake Hamilton

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Environmental Crimes detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Unlawful Dumping investigation.

An unknown suspect or suspects, transporting commercially generated landscaping debris, dumped the material in the Scenic Highway area of Lake Hamilton on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a white, extended cab, Dodge pickup truck with spoked wheels, except for the driver’s side front, which had a black rim. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeff Jones at 863-534-7205 or 863-226-9159.

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 ONTOwww.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install this free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" on the Apple App Store.

 

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9/10/2014 - Stolen Vehicle, Lakeland Regional Medical Hospital, Lakeland

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, between the hours of 10:38 a.m. and 3:48 p.m., a vehicle was taken from Lakeland Regional Medical Center, 1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the subject pictured entered Publix at 1905 Highway 60 and stole five 24-pack cases of beer. He then got into the stolen vehicle and fled east on Highway 60.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event # 14-18473 Detective Todd Bailey

 

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9/9/2014 - Robbery, Av M NW, Winter Haven

77 Year-Old man uninjuried in strong armed robbery inside of his home.

On 9-8-14 at 6 p.m., the 77 year-old victim answered a knock at his Ave. M, NW door. A clean-shaven black male in his late 30`s - 40`s asked the victim for money because he ran out of gas. The victim pulled out his wallet and told the suspect that he didn`t have much cash. The suspect then asked the victim for a glass of water.

The suspect followed the victim inside of the residence and when the victim opened the refrigerator with his free hand, the suspect grabbed the wallet from the other hand and fled the residence. Thankfully, the victim was uninjured.

During a canvass of neighbors in the area, one stated that a male fitting the description of the suspect was seen walking northbound along the east alley of the Lakeside Self Storage around earlier inthe day, around 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as 30-40 years of age, 5`10", 250 pounds (stocky build), clean shaven, short hair, was last seen wearing a dark short sleeve shirt and dark shorts past his knees (possibly basketball shorts).

"This suspect took advantage of the kindness this victim," said Chief Charlie Bird. "It should serve as a reminder that no matter what, be cautious in opening the door for anyone you do not know and never allow a stranger inside of your residence."

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Winter Haven Police Detective Shane Ditty at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Photo: 77 Year-Old man uninjuried in strong armed robbery inside of his home.

On 9-8-14 at 6 p.m., the 77 year-old victim answered a knock at his Ave. M, NW door. A clean-shaven black male in his late 30`s - 40`s asked the victim for money because he ran out of gas. The victim pulled out his wallet and told the suspect that he didn`t have much cash.  The suspect then asked the victim for a glass of water.

The suspect followed the victim inside of the residence and when the victim opened the refrigerator with his free hand, the suspect grabbed the wallet from the other hand and fled the residence.  Thankfully, the victim was uninjured.

During a canvass of neighbors in the area, one stated that a male fitting the description of the suspect was seen walking northbound along the east alley of the Lakeside Self Storage around earlier inthe day, around 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as 30-40 years of age, 5`10", 250 pounds (stocky build), clean shaven, short hair, was last seen wearing a dark short sleeve shirt and dark shorts past his knees (possibly basketball shorts).

"This suspect took advantage of the kindness this victim," said Chief Charlie Bird. "It should serve as a reminder that no matter what, be cautious in opening the door for anyone you do not know and never allow a stranger inside of your residence."

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Winter Haven Police Detective Shane Ditty at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.  Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

 

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9/9/2014 - Robbery, Sconic Drive-In, 1520 1st St S, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s assistance in identifying an armed robber who struck at the Sonic drive-in restaurant last night.

On 9-8-14 at approximately 10:21 p.m., an unidentified white male wearing a ski mask approached a female "car hop" at Sonic (1520 1st St., S, Winter Haven) as she was crossing the parking lot after serving a customer. The suspect jumped out of some bushes holding an unknown type handgun and demanded money.

The worker dropped her apron and ran across the parking lot screaming while the suspect ran behind the business and down the northern driveway that empties out to Ave. O, SE. (Across from the parking area of Regency Medical Center) Employees and several customers followed the suspect where he crossed Ave. O, SE and jumped a wall into the southwest corner of Briarcrest apartments parking lot. He landed in the waiting pickup truck bed and the truck sped off. Although extremely shook up, the worker was uninjured.

The truck is seen in the video slowly driving around the area about an hour earlier with someone (possibly the suspect) approaching the truck at the end of the driveway. An hour later after the robbery, the suspect is seen running down the driveway towards Ave. O, SE with employees and customers following behind.

Police are asking anyone in the area at that time to contact detectives. A neighboring business video shows a few vehicles seen passing by the driveway area of Sonic and Ave. O S.E. Someone in the area during this time may have information that is useful.

The suspect is described as a white male 5`8" - 5`9", 150-160 pounds possibly between the ages of 16-20. He had a blue or black ski mask over his head and was wearing dark colored shorts and dark shoes. The vehicle he jumped into is a black, four-door Ford Explorer Sport Trac with tinted windows and a bed liner. There is currently no information on the driver of the truck.

Anyone who was in the area of Ave. O SE near the Sonic driveway between 10:15 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. is asked to contact Detective Shane Ditty at 863-401-2256. Any information could be useful in the investigation.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

 

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9/8/2014 - Robbery, 300 Lake Daisy Dr, Winter Haven

Polk County Sheriff`s Office Robbery detectives are seeking information that occurred on Lake Daisy Drive in Winter Haven.

Around 12:45 a.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, the victim was in his garage in the 300 block of Lake Daisy Drive in Winter Haven when he was approached by two unknown black males on foot. The suspects walked up the victim`s driveway and engaged him in conversation. One of the suspects then removed a silver-colored handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim, and demanded money. After robbing the victim of his personal belongings, the suspects fled on foot west on Struthers Road SE.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20`s, 6` tall, with a slender and muscular build, wearing jeans or dark pants and no shirt but with something wrapped around his head.

The second suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20`s, 6` tall, with a slender and muscular build, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and long pants.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects they are urged to contact Detective Tonya Wright at 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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9/8/2014 - Shooting Investigation, Circle K, 7250 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

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

At approximately 2:11 a.m., on Thursday, August 27, 2014, the suspects were involved in a verbal dispute with two unknown victims at the Circle K convenience store located at 7250 Hwy 98 N., Lakeland. As the suspects fled, gunshots were reported coming from their vehicle. There were no reported injuries.

Suspect one is described as a black male, approximately 25-35 years of age, wearing a black/red t-shirt and white pants. 

Suspect two is described as a black male with a white tank top and camouflage shorts, approximately 25-35 years of age. Both suspects were sitting on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle is described as a midsize gray four door sedan driven by a white male. The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Hwy 98 N.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Lawton at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

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9/6/2014 - Robbery, Broadway St and Lakewood Court, Lakeland

PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed personal robbery that occurred in the area of Lakewood and Broadway in Lakeland.

Around 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening, September 5, 2014, the victim was walking west on Broadway Street and then north on Lakewood Court when he was approached by an unknown black male suspect who asked the victim for directions. After giving the suspect directions, the suspect then pulled out a gun from the back of his pants, pointed it at the victim, and told him to give him everything. The suspect robbed the victim of his personal belongings and then fled on foot east on Broadway toward Combee Road.

The suspect is described as a black male around 20 years of age, 5`11" tall, slender but muscular, with a fade style haircut and a small goatee. The suspect was wearing a black crew neck style short-sleeved shirt, black bootcut jeans, and black sneakers.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect they are urged to contact Detective Tonya Wright at 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or clcik on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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9/5/2014 - Shopligting, CVS Pharmacy, 6105 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

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

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 1138 a.m., the two male subjects pictured here, entered the CVS Pharmacy located at 6105 Highway 98 N, Lakeland. While the black male subject was purchasing a money order, the Hispanic male subject picked up a Samsung Galaxy 3 cell phone from the counter, concealed it in his pocket, and left the store.

The black male subject has been identified as Derrick Walker; however, his whereabouts are unknown. 

The Hispanic male subject is unknown. He is described as younger, thin, clean shaven subject.

The subjects were observed leaving the store in a dark colored sedan – possibly a Nissan Altima.

Information is needed to locate both subjects.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeffery Clark at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

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

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 1138 a.m., the two male subjects pictured here, entered the CVS Pharmacy located at 6105 Highway 98 N, Lakeland.  While the black male subject was purchasing a money order, the Hispanic male subject picked up a Samsung Galaxy 3 cell phone from the counter, concealed it in his pocket, and left the store.

The black male subject has been identified as Derrick Walker; however, his whereabouts are unknown.  

The Hispanic male subject is unknown.  He is described as younger, thin, clean shaven subject.

The subjects were observed leaving the store in a dark colored sedan – possibly a Nissan Altima.

Information is needed to locate both subjects.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeffery Clark at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

 

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9/4/2014 - Burglary/Credit Card Fraud, AJ Slammers, Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

PCSO detectives are seeking the public`s help in identifying a suspect seen using a stolen credit card.

The victim`s credit card was stolen during a vehicle burglary at A.J. Slammer`s on Cypress Gardens Blvd in Winter Haven. On August 17, 2014, the suspect seen here used the card at the 7-11 store located on 1st Street in Winter Haven.

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9/4/2014 - Credit Card Fraud, Oakbridge Publix, Lakeland

PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying a woman who used a fraudulent credit card at a Publix in Lakeland.

Around 4:34 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2014, the suspect seen here in video surveillance used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $100 worth of items, including diapers and a balloon that said "It`s a Boy!" at the Oakbridge Publix store in Lakeland. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female wearing a dark shirt and black pants.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect they are urged to contact Detective Phil Ryan at 863.577.1629.

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 call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS (8477)                                        

 

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9/4/2014 - Theft, 7-11 Store, 43332 US 27, Davenport

PCSO detectives are seeking information about a retail theft that occurred at 7-11 in Davenport.

Between 12:40 and 1:00 a.m. on August 24, 2014, the suspects seen here went into the 7-11 store located at 43332 US Hwy 27 in Davenport and filled up their "Big Gulp" cups. One of the suspects then removed a Corona beer from the cooler. When confronted by the clerk about paying for their drinks, the suspects fled on foot.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects, they are urged to contact Detective Jeremy Farrell at 863.236.3925.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

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