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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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8/15/2014 - Robbery (Strong Arm), Mark Twain Smoke Shop, 124 W. Main St, Lakeland

Mark Twain Smoke Shop Strong Armed Robbery - UPDATE

An Arrest Warrant for Strong-Armed Robbery and Battery upon a Person 65 yoa or older has been signed for 28 year old, Angel Miguel Molina, H/M. Molina has a history of violence, DO NOT approach him, contact police immediately. 

Anyone with information on the location of Angel Molina 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.

 

 

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, at approximately 2:37 p.m., two individuals entered the Mark Twain Smoke Shop, 124 West Main Street, and committed a strong arm robbery. During the robbery, the 76-year-old female owner was battered by the black male depicted in the images, receiving non-life threatening injuries. The black male was accompanied by the lighter-skinned male inside the business. The suspects were able to escape with a total of $18.00. 

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.

 

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8/15/2014 - Bank Robbery, Citizens Bank and Trust, 1985 East Edgewood Dr. Lakeland

UPDATE – CITIZENS BANK & TRUST ROBBERY

On August 14, 2014 Crime Scene Technicians developed latent prints from yesterday’s bank robbery at Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood. Darryl Robinson, B/M, 54, was identified in our Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). 

Detective Pough obtained an arrest warrant for Darryl Robinson on the charge of “Robbery of a Financial Institution”. Efforts to locate the suspect are continuing at this time. Photos of the suspect and the vehicle he was last seen in with his girlfriend are supplied.

Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Robinson 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.

 



***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

On August 13th, at 1:02 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred. The suspect was described as a black male between 50-60 years of age. He was estimated to be 5’07” – 5’09” and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark color (possible blue) baseball cap, a Polk State grey colored tee shirt, dark short pants, white socks, and dark shoes.

The suspect entered the business about 30 minutes prior to the incident, inquiring about a new account. He was greeted by staff, provided with information about the bank’s services, and departure. He returned demanded an undisclosed amount of money and indicated he had a weapon however no weapon was seen. After he exited the bank, he was last seen walking west in the parking lot and no one saw him get into a vehicle.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Stacey Pough at (863)834-8978 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477.

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8/13/2014 - Burglary, Chris Fontaine In, Auburndale
PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in a business burglary that occurred at Chris Fontaine Inc. in Auburndale.

Sometime between August 11th and August 12th, 2014, unknown suspect(s) entered the business and removed a racing floor jack, racing fuel and containers, helmets, a crane ignition box, and a computer car scale system. These specialty items are specific to the sport of racing.

If anyone has information about this burglary or sees these items, they are urged to contact Detective Kevin Loder at 863-297-1149.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8377) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

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8/12/2014 - Passing Counterfeiting Money, 7-11 Store, 1099 1st St S, Winter Haven

Police need help in identifying suspect who presented counterfeit $20 dollar bills to purchase a Green Dot card.
On 8/9/14 at approximately 5:15 a.m., the suspect, who appears to be in his 20`s, presented seven (7) counterfeit $20 bills to purchase a Green Dot Visa card ($140) at the 7-11 Store, 1099 1st St., S, Winter Haven. The suspect is brought to the store by an older male (50`s) in a silver in color small hybrid-style car (pictured below). It does not appear the older male is aware of the counterfeit transaction. The older male was wearing a white t-shirt with writing on the back “Zambelli fireworks pyro crew”.

 Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or possibly the owner of the vehicle is asked to call Lt. David Castle at 863-401-2256 or send an inbox message to this page.

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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8/11/2014 - Shoplifting, Circle K, 8324 US 98 North, Lakeland

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

At approximately 4:21 a.m., on Thursday, July 31, 2014, three male subjects entered the Circle K convenience store located at 8324 U.S. Highway 98 N, Lakeland. 

Once inside, the suspects concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. The suspects were last observed walking southbound on U.S. Highway 98.

The first suspect is a black male approx. 18-20 years of age wearing black pants, striped shirt, and a dark jacket. The second suspect is a Hispanic male approx. 18-20 years of age wearing dark pants and a white shirt. The third suspect is a black male approx. 20-25 years of age wearing a plaid button up shirt and jeans. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Kim Douglas at 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-266-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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8/11/2014 - Shoplifting, Circle K, 3100 N. Galloway Rd, Lakeland

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

At approximately 3:25 a.m., on Friday, August 1, 2014, two subjects entered the Circle K located at 3100 N. Galloway Road., Lakeland, one subject threw money on the counter while the second subject removed an 18 pack of beer from the cooler. Both fled the store.

The suspects were described as:
1) A white male, approximately 17-20 years of age, wearing a black shirt and brown shorts. This is the subject who took the beer.

2) A white male, approximately 17-20 years of age wearing a brown shirt, camo shorts, and a baseball cap. This subject threw money on the counter as the first suspect exited the store. (Note: This does NOT make it a legal sale, as alcohol can not be sold after 2:00 am)

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Kim Douglas at 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-266-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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8/11/2014 - Armed Burglary, 2144 Colonial Av, Lakeland

Around 11:55 a.m. on August 5, 2014, an armed burglary occurred at 2144 Colonial Avenue in Lakeland. During the burglary a television, laptop computer, a Bersa .380 caliber semi-automatic, a Beretta .22 caliber semi-automatic, and a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic were stolen from within the residence. 

Three black male suspects were observed exiting the residence with the television. The suspects are described as being approximately 5’10” in height with a thin build. The first black male suspect had small “twist” in his hair, the second black male suspect had a “fade” style haircut, and the third black male suspect was bald. The suspects were observed fleeing westbound on Colonial Avenue driving an older model white in color unknown make/model vehicle with a ripped vinyl top. 

If anybody has information please contact Detective Thomas #6729 at (863) 499-2400 ext 126.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-266-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

 

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8/10/2014 - Hit and Run Fatality, US Hwy 92 and Payne St, Auburndale

A bicyclist is dead this morning, and a hit-and-run driver is at fault. The victim, Hector Chavez of Auburndale, was riding the bike you see here, on US Hwy 92 westbound at Payne Street in Auburndale when he was struck by a vehicle, and possibly other vehicles, around 2:17 a.m. this morning (8/9/14). He was declared deceased on-scene.

Deputies are seeking the public`s help in this investigation, to identify the suspect vehicle or vehicles. If you have any information, please call PCSO at 863-298-6200, or to remain anonymous call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) - anonymity is guaranteed!

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8/10/2014 - Hit and Run, Fatality, Clubhouse Rd near Tillery Rd, Lakeland

WE NEED YOUR HELP in another, unrelated hit-and-run crash, which resulted in the death of 20-year-old Jillian Braddock of Lakeland. Around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, PCSO received a call from a motorist who saw an adult white female laying on the south side of the roadway of eastbound Clubhouse Road in Lakeland, near Tillery Road. PCSO arrived and located the victim, who was deceased and appeared to have been there for at least a few hours. 

The car that struck this victim is likely a 2007-2012 model Nissan car, possibly an Altima, that will have front-end and mirror damage on the passenger side. The car would have been traveling eastbound on Clubhouse when it struck her.

If you have ANY information about this, call PCSO at 863-298-6200, or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

Photo: WE NEED YOUR HELP in another, unrelated hit-and-run crash, which resulted in the death of 20-year-old Jillian Braddock of Lakeland. Around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, PCSO received a call from a motorist who saw an adult white female laying on the south side of the roadway of eastbound Clubhouse Road in Lakeland, near Tillery Road. PCSO arrived and located the victim, who was deceased and appeared to have been there for at least a few hours. 

The car that struck this victim is likely a 2007-2012 model Nissan car, possibly an Altima, that will have front-end and mirror damage on the passenger side. The car would have been traveling eastbound on Clubhouse when it struck her.

If you have ANY information about this, call PCSO at 863-298-6200, or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 

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8/10/2014 - Robbery, Hess Station, 101 W. Oak St, Wauchula

The Wauchula Police Department is investigating a robbery which occurred on Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at the Hess Station located at 101 W. Oak St. The male subject involved was described as an older white male (approximately 50 years of age) wearing a red colored t-shirt, knee length shorts, straw hat and sunglasses. The subject was described as being 6 foot tall and weighing approximately 250 pounds. If you know this subject please contact Sergeant LeConte at (863)773-3265. To be eligible for a cash reward and to remain completely anonymous contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800)226-TIPS or text “TIP196” plus your information to “CRIMES” (274637).

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8/9/2014 - Robbery, Winter Haven

A 21 yr old Winter Haven man is behind bars and Police are looking for two
other men after an armed robbery occurred today in broad daylight.
Winter Haven Police quickly apprehended 21 yr old Deontae Neal (WCentral Ave., Winter Haven) after he approached the victim with a firearm
demanding money and fleeing with cash, a cell phone and identification cards.


Today (8-8-14) at approximately 1:20 pm, the victim ( 21 yr old Marc Rodney, 5th St. NE) was in front if his residence when a vehicle pulled up. A
male identified as 23 yr old Jamario Harvey ( Montego St.,
Winter Haven) approached Rodney and asked him if he wanted to gamble. The pair
went across the street to a vacant house and began gambling.


The driver (24 yr-old Carlos A. Leondre, 710 Ave. C SW) parked on the street across from the location and passenger Deontae Neal exited the vehicle. Neal approached the pair, but turned back towards the vehicle like he was going to leave. Moments later Neal turned back around and put a gun to the victim`s (Rodney) head and demanded money.


Rodney, fearing for his life, put his hands in the air and Neal went through
his pockets taking all of the contents, including cash, personal
identification and his cell phone. Rodney was able to flee to safety and
contact police.


Officers arrived on the scene and quickly located a vehicle in the area
matching the description of the one that Neal was seen in prior to the
incident. Officers conducted a lawful traffic stop on the vehicle, but the
driver and passenger (Neal) ran from the area.


Police located Neal hiding in a shed in the 400 block of Ave N., NE. The
victim`s identification was found inside of the vehicle that Neal fled from.
Money and the victim`s cell phone was located under a bucket inside of the
shed where Neal was found. A gun was located on the roof of the same shed.
The driver of the vehicle was not located.


Neal was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of
Armed Robbery (F-1), Armed Burglary (F-1), Possession of a Firearm By
Convicted Felon (F-2) and Resisting Arrest Without Violence (M-2).
Police are asking for the public`s help to locate Harvey and Leondre.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Harvey or Leondre are
asked to contact Sgt. Mitch Meadows at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be
eligible for a CASH reward.

Photo: Help police locate Jamario Harvey and Carlos A. Leondre in reference to an armed robbery that occurred today (8-8-14). Call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).  Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward!
(See post below for information regarding the robbery)

 

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8/8/2014 - Vehicle Theft, 1041 Sunset Drive E, Lake Wales

The Lake Wales Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2011 Polaris Ranger Crew 800 ATV. The theft of this ATV occurred at 1041 Sunset Dr. E between 9:00pm on August 1 and 8:45am on August 2. The front axle of the ATV is broken so it cannot engage into four wheel drive and the front right tire is flat. Anyone having information on this theft is asked to contact Crime Analyst Sadye Acridge at (863) 678-4223 extension 238 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

 



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8/8/2014 - Burglary, 915 Providence Reserve Loop, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify suspects of a vehicle burglary that occurred on July 29, 2014, at 915 Providence Reserve Loop, Lakeland, FL.


Suspect one is a black male wearing a dark colored baseball cap, white shirt, white shorts, dark colored back pack. Suspect one was riding a red bicycle.
Suspect t wo is a black male wearing a black/red Miami Heat baseball cap, white tank top, blackshorts with a white stripe, purple backpack. Suspect two is riding a dark colored bicycle.


If you can identify this suspect, please contact Sergeant Mike Lewis at 863.834.8971.
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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8/8/2014 - Burglary, Skate World, 911 North Lake Parker Av, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify this suspect of a vehicle burglary that occurred on August 2, 2014, at Skate World, 911Lake Parker Avenue North, Lakeland, FL.
Suspect is a white male in his 30’s with brown hair and a bald pot on top of his head. Suspect was wearing a long sleeve white shirt, dark colored shorts, and black socks with no shoes.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Officer Tyler Anderson at
tyler.anderson@lakelandgov.net.

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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8/7/2014 - Burglary, BP Station, 704 Scenic Hwy N, Lake Wales

The Lake Wales Police Department is trying to identify the subjects pictured below. They are wanted for questioning on a burglary case which occurred on 8/06/2014 at the BP Gas Station, 704 Scenic Hwy. N, Lake Wales, FL. 

The suspects entered the store wearing dark clothing and appear to have over sized clothing. The first suspect through the door is wearing a light color boony style hat and the second suspect is wearing bright blue latex gloves. Both subjects have their faces covered however when the suspect wearing the blue gloves goes behind the counter his wrist is exposed and it appears he is a black male.

If you have any information on the identity of these suspects or have similar incidents please contact Det. Aaron Barnes at (863)678-4223 ext. 269 or abarnes@cityoflakewales.com.

To remain anonymous and beeligible 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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