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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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8/26/2014 - Credit Card Fraud, Publix, Highway 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about a credit card fraud investigation. 

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at approximately 8:43 p.m. the subject in this picture used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $400.00 of items at Publix on Highway 98 North in Lakeland. 

The subject is a black male who was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, black t-shirt and camouflage shorts.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify the subject in this picture, they are urged to contact Detective Phil Ryan at 863.577.1629 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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8/26/2014 - Enhanced Reward: Up to $4,000 for information on Hit and Run Fatality (Pedestrian), Clubhouse Rd and Tillery Rd, Lakeland
ENHANCED REWARD OF UP TO $4,000 FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF THE DRIVER WHO STRUCK AND KILLED JILL BRADDOCK ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, ON CLUBHOUSE ROAD NEAR TILLARY RD, IN LAKELAND, FL.

AUGUST 9, 2014, Lakeland, FL.
PCSO is investigating a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality which occurred sometime after 12:30 a.m. on Sat, 8/9/14.

Jill Braddock, 20 year old, was struck and killed by a 2007-2009 Nissan Altima, 4 door, black in color, while she was walking east along Clubhouse Road. After striking Jill, the driver fled the scene and left Jill to die. Her body was finally discovered many hours later at dawn, lying in the grass on the south side of Clubhouse Rd, just west of Tillery Rd..

The Altima will have damage to the front right bumper cover, the front right headlight and the front right fender liner. The Altima had the right side auxilary driving light cover plug knocked out and the right side (passenger) exterior mirror was knocked off of the vehicle.

"Two lives were lost this weekend (8-9-14), and there are ..... people out there who know what happened to ...... Jill. If you saw something, say something. You can even remain anonymous through Heartland Crime Stoppers. Do the right thing, and help these families have some closure." - Sheriff Grady Judd.

Leave your anonymous information with Heartland Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or by clicking the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our Facebook or Web pages.

 

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8/22/2014 - Wanted for Organized Retail Crime (Felony)

WANTED: These three suspects, on felony theft charges. All three of these suspects have Polk County warrants for their arrests for Organized Retail Crime (Grand Theft). They seem to think it`s okay to go from store to store, stealing expensive things and re-selling them or using them for business. It`s not. It`s illegal, and all three of them belong in jail, with accomplice Michael Hamlin (he worked with Vincent Wilkinson).

Copy and paste the following link to read the news release:http://bit.ly/XDs93k

 

If you know where any of these suspects are (they all have Orlando addresses) call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

 

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8/22/2014 - Counterfeit $20 in Wauchula
Wauchula Police Department: $20 Counterfeit bills being passed in Wauchula.

If you have information on who is passing this phoney money, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab. You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward !
We have taken 2 reports today of counterfeit bills in the $20 US Currency denomination being passed at local businesses. We are asking business owners and employees to inspect all bills and to use a counterfeit marking pen on any transactions where you suspect a suspicious bill is being passed. If you are unsure if the bill is real we suggest you ask for a different form of payment. If you receive any of the counterfeit bills please contact law enforcement immediately.

The following website provides valuable information about US Currency:

www.newmoney.gov

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8/21/2014 - Counterfeiting, Publix, Highway 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about a Counterfeit investigation.

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at approximately 9:31 p.m. the subjects in this picture passed counterfeit bills at Publix on Highway 98 North, Lakeland. 

One subject is a Hispanic male, 20-30 years old wearing a white sleeveless shirt and camouflage pants. The second subject is a white or Hispanic female wearing a black top and black shorts. She has blonde and black hair.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify the subject in this picture, they are urged to contact Detective Phil Ryan at 863.577.1629 or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous an 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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8/19/2014 - Theft/Criminal Mischief, Tourist Information and Tourist Center, 101 Aventure Court, Davenport

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a Criminal Mischief and Theft investigation.

Shortly after 6:20 am, on Friday, August 8, 2014, a male subject forced open a vending machine at the Tourist Information and Welcome Center located at 101 Adventure Court, Davenport.

The suspect removed a small amount of money, but caused $1,000.00 damage to the vending machine.

Anyone recognizing the suspect or has information on this incident, please contact Detective Mark McCray at 863-236-3934, or 863-298-6200.

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

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8/19/2014 - Theft, Lowes, Winter Haven

Do you recognize this woman? Today at approximately 8:10 a.m., she was inside of Lowes (Citi Center) and is seen on video breaking open packages of tools and concealing the merchandise. anyone who recognizes this suspect is asked to call Officer Jodi Lott at 863-401-2256.

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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8/17/2014 - Robbery, Rapid Cash, 1138 6th St NW, Winter Haven
Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying a suspect who robbed the Rapid Cash business on Saturday.
On 8-16-14 at approximately 5:08 p.m., the female employee of Rapid Cash (1138 6th St., NW, Winter Haven) entered the locked business after leaving for a few minutes to go to the convenience store across the street. 
As she unlocked the door and began walking inside, the suspect entered directly behind her and pushed an unknown object into her back and demanded that she take him to the safe.
The clerk walked behind the counter with the suspect directly behind her. The suspect took two bank bags filled with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the business. The clerk was not injured.
The suspect is seen leaving in a newer model four door car, stock rims, dark tinted windows, and chrome around the window seals (possibly an Acura TL).
The suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, 5`5" with a stocky build. He was wearing a black shirt, black shorts, black shoes with red socks and a white hat.
Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect or any information regarding this case is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

 

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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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8/13/2014 - 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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