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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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7/24/2015 - Burglary, Alex Car Mart, 1809 Hwy 17-92 North, Haines City

On July 22, 2015 at approximately 0053 hrs, the suspect shown below entered the business, Alex Car Mart, located at 1809 Highway 17-92 N, Haines City. He went to the maintenance shed and pried it open and rummaged around for a bit, but did not take anything. The suspect appears to be a black male and was carrying bolt cutters.

If you recognize this person, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous and if your tip puts this crook in jail, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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7/24/2015 - Attempted Theft, 1511 N 18th St, Haines City

On July 22, 2015 at approximately 0156 hours, in the area of 1511 N 18th Street, Haines City, the subject shown below entered the victims property and attempted to steal a trolling motor from a boat under an awning.

The suspect appears to be male with a mustache and sandals. Due to the nighttime video it is difficult to verify his race.

If you recognize this person, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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7/23/2015 - Burglary, Carlton Music, 308 Av D NW, Winter Haven

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Winter Haven Police are investigating the burglary at a popular music store - Carlton`s Music in Winter Haven - where eight guitars were taken.
On 7-21-15 at approximately 1:50 a.m., two suspects are seen lurking around the covered parking area next to Carlton`s Music (308 Ave. D, NW, Winter Haven). They are seen hiding in front of the parked vans when vehicles on the roadway are passing by.
They make their way around the building and break the front door glass making entry into the showroom. They are seen on video heading straight to the guitar area. One of the suspects is carrying a large white bag.
They are in the store less than two minutes and exit through the same front doors they came in. They are seen carrying a total of eight guitars. They run back through the parking area next to the store and towards the alleyway that leads to Ave. C, NW.
The suspects are both described as thin build, one wearing a camouflage shirt, light colored shorts, dark shoes and gloves and the other wearing a light colored shirt, dark shorts, dark shoes and something covering his face. They both are wearing gloves and have their heads covered and wearing a light on their heads.
They took four Taylor guitars, three Fender guitars and one Ibanez guitar.
Anyone with information on these suspects or information on the stolen guitars 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 of up to $3,000.

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7/23/2015 - Theft of $100, Auburndale

On 7-15-15, the victim accidently left $100 dollars on the register counter. An unknown female was seen on video picking the money up.

The suspect was with another BF and a BM.

They left in an older model wite 4 door vehicle, possible a Toyota or Chevrolet Impala.

If you recognize this suspect, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You wil remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward!

 

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7/23/2015 - Theft, Sebring

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7/23/2015 - Burglary, Edgewood Dr, Bartow

Bartow Police Department detectives are asking for the public’s help in a burglary and grand theft investigation.

Sometime between 6:00 am on 07/14/15 and 8:00 pm on 07/21/15, unknown suspect(s) forcefully entered the victim’s residence on Edgewood Dr. in Bartow. Once inside, the unknown suspect(s) stole 10 wooden walnut coin boxes with each
box containing 24 99.9% pure silver American Eagle coins. The coins are dated between 1985-2015 and are valued at approximately $30,000.

Also stolen were a Lenovo laptop and a 26” Vizio flat screen television.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jason Griffith at 863-534-5040.

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

 

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7/22/2015 - Shooting, 39 Lincoln Av, Lake Wales

On July 22, 2015 just minutes before 3:30 a.m., Paul Junior Reeves, age 29, was shot at 39 Lincoln Avenue in Lake Wales. There are believed to be two suspects and they are currently unidentified.

Mr. Reeves was airlifted due to his injuries. He is undergoing surgery at this time.

This investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt to identify the shooter(s) and possible witnesses involved. Anyone having information on the shooting is asked to call Detective David Hernandez at (863) 678-4223 extension 264.

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

 

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7/21/2015 - Burglary, Marathon Station, 32940 US Hwy 27, Winter Haven

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Winter Haven PD: Marathon Station Burglary

 

Winter Haven Police Investigating Burglary At Marathon Station

On 7-17-15 at approximately 4:25 a.m., 2 unknown males entered the Marathon Station (32940 US Hwy 27, Winter Haven, FL) after throwing a concrete brick through the glass doors.
Both subjects ran through the store and took tobacco products and loose change located behind the counter. They left out of the same doors and ran westbound through the parking lot towards Lucerne Park Rd.
One suspect is seen wearing a bright green hooded sweatshirt, black head wrap, black pants, black shoes and latex gloves. The other suspect is wearing a dark blue head wrap, black sun glasses, dark colored long sleeve shirt, blue pants, black shoes with white socks, and latex gloves.
Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to call Officer Eric Womack 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.

 

 

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7/21/2015 - Credit Card Fraud, Highlands County

Detectives are trying to identify the subject pictured here regarding transactions conducted with a compromised debit card. Click on the pictures to see the whole view. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Kevin Gentry, at 863-402-7262. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous can contact Heartland Crimestoppers at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com

 

 

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7/21/2015 - Theft of Beer, Circle K, 2444 Sand Mne Rd, Davenport

Polk County SO: Theft of Beer, Circle K Davenport

PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying a suspect who stole beer from a Davenport Circle K store.

Around 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, the suspect seen here in video surveillance walked into the store, located at 2444 Sand Mine Rd in Davenport, removed an 8-pack of Natural Light beer from the cooler, and walked out without paying. He was seen leaving in a four-door silver vehicle with a temporary tag.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are urged to contact Detective Barbara Marshall at 863-236-3900.

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7/21/2015 - Criminal Mischief, Winter Haven Area Transit, 555 Ave E NW, Winter Haven
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File this under what NOT to do when you get mad regarding bus fare - ouch

On 7-18-15 at approximately 11:35 a.m., an unknown male exited a transit bus at the Winter Haven Area Transit bus terminal (555 Ave. E, NW, Winter Haven
FL) . The bus made its regular stop, but the passenger evidently wanted to travel to a new destination. When the bus driver told him that it would be an additional $2 to travel to another stop, the rider became extremely agitated.
The bus driver exited the bus, locked the door and went inside of the enclosed part of the terminal area. The passenger sat on a bench for a while, then walked away. Approximately four minutes later, the rider comes back and takes out his frustration on the bus by head butting the glass doors, shattering the glass.
As you see in the video, it appears he knocks himself out for a few seconds.
He eventually gets up and runs off.
He is a black male, approximately 5`9" with a slim build. He was wearing slip on shoes with socks, glasses and dark green or gray shorts. His t-shirt has the graphic "Ounces 40" on the front.

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7/17/2015 - Check Fraud, Publix, 1395 6th St, NW, Winter Haven

Winter Haven PD: Fraudulent Check suspects

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Winter Haven Police need the public`s help in identifying the below pictured subjects after the male cashed a fraudulent check. The check was presented at Publix (1395 6th St, NW) by the male and the female pictured was with him during the transaction. 
It was determined that the male presented a false identification in order to cash the check.
Anyone with information on who either of these subjects could be is asked to contact Detective Katherine Prue at 863-401-2256 or send a private message to the inbox on this page.

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7/17/2015 - Personal Robbery, 4th St NE, Winter Haven

Winter Haven PD: Robbey of 73 year old in Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police Detectives are asking for the public`s help for information regarding three suspects who robbed a 73 year-old man as he pulled into his driveway.
On 7-15-15 at approximately 11:10 p.m., the victim pulled into his driveway on 4th St NE when he saw a black male subject standing near his residence holding a stick.
The victim was scared and intended to leave the driveway in his vehicle In hs attempt to leave, he ran into a set of hedges that are located along the corner of his home. His vehicle became stuck at that location.
While the victim was still in the car, three male suspects approached his car and pulled him out of the vehicle. One of the suspects reached into the victim`s pockets and pulled out a small amount of cash while the others started striking him in the face with their fists. The suspect with the stick attempted to hit the victim, but it appears contact was not made. (The victim has dimenished use of his right arm, but he attempted to fight the trio off with his left arm.)
While on the ground, the suspects were kicking the victim on the stomach and rib area.
After the attack, the three ran from the area leaving the victim on the ground.
The victim was unable to get up and lay on the ground beside of his car until his girlfriend came home, approximately one and a half hours later.
The victim was treated at the scene and did not receive serious injuries.
"Our detectives will not rest until these suspects of this cowardly crime are behind bars," said Chief Charlie Bird. "Someone in the neighborhood could have heard something or one of these suspects has probably mentioned the act to friends. We want anyone with information to do the right thing - call with any information in order to get justice for this elderly victim."
Anyone who has any information regarding this horrific attack on this victim 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 of up to $3,000 for information leading to the identity and arrest of any suspects.

 

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7/17/2015 - Theft of Purse, Fradulent Use of Credit Cards, Highlands County

Highlands County SO: Second Photo of Suspect in Theft of Purse and Fradulent Use of Credit Cards

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7/16/2015 - Criminal Mischief, Citgo, 1690 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven

Winter Haven PD: Suspect in Criminal Miscief at Citgo.

Assistance is needed in identifying the male suspect pictured below for a criminal mischief which occurred at the Citgo located at 1690 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven. The suspect arrived in the blue van pictured below.Please contact Detective Jodi Lottat (863)258-8701or jlott@mywinterhaven.com if you are able to provide any information.

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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