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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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5/21/2015 - Burglary, Sunoco Gas Station, 4607 S. Florida Av, Lakeland

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

Between the hours of 8:00 pm, Sunday, May 17, 2015, and 2:00 am, Monday, May 18, 2015, two subjects shattered the front glass doors of the Sunoco Gas Station located at 4607 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland.

Once inside, the suspects removed cigarettes, beer and other merchandise.

The suspects are described as being:
1) A black male wearing a black hoodie and black gloves
2) A white male wearing a gray hoodie, khaki shorts and black gloves.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective M. Rushing at 863.499.2400, or 863.298.6200.

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! 

 

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5/21/2015 - Thef of Truck, W & W Lumber, Lake Placid

LPPD officers are currently investigating the theft of a W&W Lumber truck similar to the one in the photograph. It was taken sometime during the night on 5-19-15.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Mark Schneider or Det. Stuart Troutman at 863-699-3757.

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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5/21/2015 - Impersonating a Police Officer, Lake Placid

LPPD officers are currently investigating a possible "fake" officer incident near Publix.

The information so far is: Black 4 door Impala dark tinted windows tag covered white male mid 30`s military style hair cut wearing khaki pants black polo with a gold star on the left breast nothing written in the star. Last seen north on US 27.

If anyone has information on the subject, please contact us at 863-699-3757.

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

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5/20/2015 - Robberies/Ipersonting a Police Officer, Haines City

The Haines City Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public to help identify the attached sketch composite of a possible suspect in multiple robberies targeting Hispanic males in the Haines City Area. An individual has been impersonating law enforcement over the past few weeks. He is described as a Hispanic male approximately 5’6” – 5’9” tall approximately 180 – 200 pounds. He has been seen driving different vehicle ranging from a possible Ford Taurus (silver or grey) to a possible Chevy impala (blue or black).

The suspect has approached individuals telling them that he is a law enforcement officer and has enticed them to get into his vehicle. The suspect then drives them to an isolated location on the outskirts of the city limits and takes their money and cell phones.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this person is encouraged to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636 ext.2235 or crime stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

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5/19/2015 - Attempted Sexual Battery, Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland

On May 19th, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of 1010 Hollingsworth Drive in reference to an attempted sexual battery and kidnapping. The victim, 22, years of age stated she was jogging on the path around Lake Hollingsworth, heading southbound. The victim then glanced back and observed the suspect running upbehind her. The suspect grabbed the victim from behind and dragged her off the pathway into a small wooded area between the lake and path. The victim was thrown to the ground and the suspect attempted to pull her shorts off. 

The victim then began asking the suspect questions and talking to him calmly to divert his attention which seemed to work. The suspect and victim then got up and walked back to the path as the victim continued to engage the suspect in conversation. The victim then was able to break away from the suspect and flee at which time she called 911. The suspect fled in the opposite direction. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’5”, in his mid 20’s, medium build, with plaited braids and a black doo rag. The suspect was wearing no shirt, black sweat pants, and white socks with gold writing on the toe. 

Police K-9 and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office air unit responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives obtained the attached composite drawing from the victim’s description today. 

Possible Related Incident

On May 20, 2015 at approximately 9:35 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of Lake Hollingsworth and Melton Avenue in reference to a subject performing lewd acts on himself. The suspect in this case was a black male wearing a white shirt and dark pants and was in his mid 20’s. He appeared to be watching females walk the lake on the jogging path. The witness who was passing by stated the suspect was sitting on a bench in front of Florida Southern. Police officers circulated the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

If you have information about either of these cases, please contact Det. Paula Tolbert at 863-834-8981 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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5/19/2015 - Impersonating a Police Officer, Highlands County

stating that they had been pulled over for alleged traffic violations, by what a person impersonating a law forcement officer who was driving an unmarked vehicle. . In both instances, the officer solicited cash payments from the citizens in lieu of receiving a traffic citation.

The person believed to be impersonating a police officer is described as a white male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 5`9" tall, with short black or dark hair and clean shaven.

The subject was wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts, and displayed a gold colored, star-shaped badge on his waistband. He was driving a black colored, two-door sports style car with working red and blue lights, which were activated during the traffic stop.

The second incident occurred on May 13th, between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., in a parking lot along Sun N’ Lake Boulevard just east of US Hwy 27 South in Lake Placid. The subject solicited a $200.00 cash payment in exchange for not receiving a traffic citation. The victim informed the subject he did not have that kind of cash with him, and he was subsequently issued a document purported to be a traffic citation.

The Sheriff’s Office provides the following suggestions if you are summoned to stop by an unmarked police vehicle, which you are suspicious of. Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights to indicate your compliance with the traffic stop. Call 911 and ask the dispatcher if it is actually a police officer trying to stop you. If it is confirmed, you must immediately stop. If you do not have a cell phone and are uncertain of the legitimacy of the officer or traffic stop, you should drive to the nearest public area with your vehicle’s hazard lights on. At night, drive to a well-lit area before stopping.

Anyone with information about these traffic stops, have been likewise stopped, or have information on a possible suspect are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 402-7200; or if they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477),

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5/19/2015 - Armed Robbery, Cash Mart Convenience Store, Winter Haven
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Three dangerous suspects are being sought after they robbed a convenience store clerk in broad daylight while terrorizing her with a rifle held to her head. Winter Haven Police are asking for the public to assist in identifying the three armed robbery suspects seen in surveillance video at the Cash Mart Convenience Store, located at 203 Central Ave. E in Winter Haven.
On 5-14-15 at approximately 5:20 p.m., three unidentified males entered Cash Mart with the first male pointing a rifle towards the cashier. The first male, carrying the gun, had his head covered with a black cloth. The second male entered with a back pack and a white shirt covering his head. Shortly after the third male comes in with his head covered.
The trio goes behind the counter demanding the cashier to hand over money. A second clerk in the store, who was in another room, came out after hearing the commotion. One of the suspects grabbed him and pulled him to the front of the store forcing him to the ground. 
The first suspect held the weapon to the cashier’s head while he demanded her to put the money in a black backpack the suspect was holding. The cashier was then also ordered to the floor and the three suspects ran northbound towards the area of 2nd St. and Ave. B NE. Officers canvassing the area were informed by witnesses they saw the males jumping into a four-door vehicle, possibly gold in color with a Florida tag. 
The suspects are described as three black males (possibly one either white or a light-skinned black male), ages 16 – 21. All three wore all black, with one wearing a long-sleeved shirt with black and white stripped sleeves underneath a black shirt with white trim, black pants and black shoes. The second suspect wore black pants and a black tank top, black shoes, a white shirt covering his head and was carrying a black backpack with white trim and a white design on the back. The third suspect wore all black and has white shoes.
“These suspects obviously have no regard for life and must be taken off the streets immediately,” said Chief Charlie Bird. “The brazen act of committing an armed robbery in broad daylight show just how dangerous they are. We must get them off the streets before they escalate to the next level and someone is hurt or possibly killed.” 
Anyone with information on 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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5/15/2015 - Armed Robbery(Personal), Auburndale

On April 23, 2015, the victim was followed from the Inwood area in Winter Haven to an area near the Lake Lena motel in Auburndale. The victim was robbed at gunpoint by a black male in his 20’s with a red shirt wrapped around his face. 
The male was described as being around six feet tall, having a medium build, and weighing approximately 165 to 185 pounds. The vehicle the suspect arrived and left in is a small four door car, possibly silver in color. Witnesses described the wheels on the vehicle as being “blacked out” or having no hubcaps and the window tint being extremely dark. Cash and the victim’s cell phone were stolen during the robbery.

Anyone with information please contact the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Auburndale Police Department at 863-965-5555.

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

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5/15/2015 - Ipersonating a Police Officer, Northeast Polk County

SUSPECT ALERT: PCSO Deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying a suspect who is impersonating a law enforcement officer in the northeast area of PolkCounty.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, the victim was approached in the area of Johnson Avenue and Kalogridis Road in Haines City by an Hispanic male in his mid-20`s, approximately 5`4" tall, 180 lbs., with short hair and a goatee. The suspect accused the victim of selling drugs, and told the victim he was a narcotics officers. The suspect told the victim to remove all of his personal belongings from his pockets and remain on-scene to await a canine unit response. After 45 minutes, the victim realized the suspect was likely not a law enforcement officer.

The suspect was seen driving a silver Ford Taurus or Buick LeSabre. A photo of the vehicle can be seen here.

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective Nicholas Burns at 863-236-3927.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! 

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5/13/2015 - Burglary, Sunset Vista Dr, Lakeland

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

Sometime between 8:00 am and 5:20 pm, on Friday, May 8, 2015, four unknown black male subjects were seen entering a residence located on Sunset Vista Drive, Lakeland.

The suspects removed electronics and left the area in a dark colored vehicle with a Florida tag of DVQF90.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective W. Weinreich at 863.499.2400, or 863.298.6200.

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! 

 

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5/11/2015 - TD Bank Suspect Still at Large

he person pictured is a suspect in multiple robberies in 2013-2014 of TD banks throughout Central and South Florida. The photo is from the bank robbery in Longwood, FL where no disguise was used. In the other robberies, the suspect used disguises.

If you know who this person is, the process is simple: 
1- Call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) 
and tell us his name.
2- Remain anonymous.
3- The robber gets arrested.
4- You pick up the $8,000.00 CA$H reward.


Below is a list of TD Banks the suspect has hit:

TD Bank Robberies

• Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers
1238 US Highway 1, Vero Beach
12/29/13
3:35pm

• Crime Stoppers of Broward County
3600 Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point
2/6/14
5:38pm

• Central Florida Crimeline
4675 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando
3/29/14
2:18pm

• Central Florida Crimeline
2675 W. State Rd 434, Longwood
4/3/14 
4:52pm

• Heartland Crime Stoppers
901 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven,
4/8/14
2:52pm

• Central Florida Crimeline
1026 S Babcock St, Melbourne
4/12/14
3:09pm

• Crime Stoppers of Broward County
7345 W Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4/13/14
3:28pm

• Heartland Crime Stoppers
6108 US Highway 98, Lakeland
4/15/14
2:51pm

If you recognize this person, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab at the top of this Facebook page.

If your tip results in the arrest of this person, you are eligible for a cash reward of $8,000.00!

 
 

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5/9/2015 - Armed Robbery (personal), Wabash Av near W. Highlands St. Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Armed Robbery investigation.

At approximately 10:23 pm, on Friday, May 8, 2015, a male subject was riding his bike south on Wabash Avenue in the area of West Highlands Street, when he observed a black male, approximately 5’10” tall, and a Hispanic male, approximately 5’8” tall; both unknown to the victim.

According to the victim, the two suspects surround him and began striking him. As he attempted to fight back, the victim fell to the ground. At that time, the Hispanic male suspect displayed a handgun and stuck the victim on the back of his head. The suspects then removed property from the victim’s pockets.

During the altercation, the Hispanic male pointed the gun at the victim and fired one shot, missing the victim. The suspects then fled the area in a gray or silver, unknown make or model Dodge vehicle traveling north on Wabash Avenue toward Memorial Avenue.

If you have information as for the identity of these suspect(s) and or information about the incident please contact Detective D. Peters at 863.287.9500, or 863.298.6200.

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 ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! 

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5/8/2015 - Vehicle Burglary/Credit Card Fraud, Bartow

Bartow Police Department: Vehicle Burglary/Credit Card Fraud.

Do you recognize the person in this photograph?

On 5/6/15, a vehicle burglary occurred where the victim`s credit card was stolen. The person pictured later attempted to purchase items at a nearby Wal-Mart using the stolen credit card.

We need your help in identifying this person. If you have any information that can lead to his identity and/or his whereabouts, please contact Detective Jason Griffith at 863-534-5034 ext. 5043.

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

 

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5/8/2015 - Burglary (Roof Job), Lake Wales Food Mart, Lake Wales

This guy and an accomplice broke into the Lake Wales Food Mart during the early morning hours of Friday, May 8th, and stole lottery scratch-off tickets and cigarettes. This suspect appears to be a white male. If you know who these rooftop burglars are, please call us! 863-298-6200.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visitwww.tipsoft.com.

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5/7/2015 - Robbey and Multiple vehicles Burglaries, Sun Ray Area, Frostproof

PCSO Deputies are seeking information about a robbery and multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred in Sun Ray, in Frostproof.

During the early morning hours of Thursday, May 7, 2015, a victim in the Sun Ray community of Frostproof was leaving for work when he was approached by two unknown male suspects who demanded his wallet and cell phone. One of the suspects was armed with a knife. Both had T-shirts pulled over their faces. The victim described the suspects as Hispanic teenagers, wearing baggy dark clothing and sneakers.

During the same time frame, there was a rash of vehicle burglaries in the area involving unlocked vehicles, during which GPS units, electronics, iPads and other loose items were taken.

If anyone has information about these incidents they are urged to contact Detective Anderson at 863-678-4170.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visitwww.tipsoft.com.

 

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