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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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3/27/2015 - Motor Vehicle Theft, Howards Quality Cars, 7914 Highway 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a motor vehicle theft.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., on Monday, March 17, 2015, a motor vehicle theft occurred at Howards Quality Cars located at 7914 Highway 98 N., Lakeland.

The suspects are described as being: 1) a white female, approximately 25-35 years of age, reddish-brown hair, wearing a pint/white shirt and jeans and, 2) a white male approximately 28-38 years of age, wearing a gray shirt and jeans and gray hat have been identified as person of interest in this theft. The suspects departed in a white Chevrolet Trail Blazer pictured below.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Lawton at 863-577-1600 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! 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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3/27/2015 - Burglary/Credit Card Fraud, McDonald`s, 205 Canal Av West, Mulberry

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

On Monday, March 9, 2015, two subjects removed property from an unlocked vehicle located at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 205 Canal Avenue West, Mulberry. Among the items stolen were the victim’s credit card which was used at a nearby store. Video surveillance captured images of the two subjects using the credit cards around 11:15 pm, the same day.

The suspects are described as being:

1) A white male wearing a blue t-shirt with a logo on the front, a dark colored ball cap and checkered shorts. He has a heavy build.

2) A white female wearing tattered jeans, and a white V-neck t-shirt with logo on the front. She wore her hair pulled away from her face.

The couple was seen driving a gray Chevrolet or GMC full size pickup truck.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Berganza 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! 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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3/26/2015 - Grand Theft of Gold Cart, Carpenters Contractors of America, 3900 Ave G NW, Winter Haven

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

At approximately 3:45 am, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, an unknown black male was observed on the business property of Carpenter Contractors of America, 3900 Avenue G NW, Winter Haven.

Video surveillance captured images of the subject on the premises and driving off the property in the golf cart.

He was seen wearing dark or gray pants, a dark colored t-shirt with large logo on the front, and a brightly colored pair of tennis shoes. His hair was pulled back from his face.

Anyone with any information regarding this suspect or incident please contact Detective Aaron Kretzer at 863. 297.1111, 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! 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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3/25/2015 - Burglary, Flamingo Rd NE, Avon Park

The Highlands County Sheriff`s Office is investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Flamingo Rd, NE in Lake Placid. The burglary occurred on February 14, 2015 at approximately 11:45 am.

Taken in the burglary were several firearms, including a Thompson .45 caliber semi-auto handgun, a Browning shotgun, a Winchester .308 rifle and several other antique weapons.

Jewelry taken included 2 custom earing sets, a Rolex Oyster Purpetual watch, and a "Cornell College" class ring.

Also taken was a Sony 40" LED TV.

If you have any information as to who was invloved in this burglary, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on our "Give-A-Tip" tab. If your tip results in an arrest OR the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00.

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3/25/2015 - Credit Card Theft, CVS, 860 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Police ask for help in identifying credit card theft suspect!


Winter Haven Police are asking for anyone who knows who the man pictured below is to contact them immediately. He used a victim`s credit card (possibly cloned) at CVS (860 Cypress Gardens Blvd.) in Winter Haven. 


The suspect is a white or Hispanic male with a neatly trimmed beard and mustache. He arrived in a white vehicle, possibly Scion TC, and got out of the passenger side.

 Anyone with information on who this suspect is is asked to either send a private inbox message to this page or 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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3/24/2015 - Shooting (3 Victims) 2105 N. Zephyr Rd, Avon Park

At approximately 1:00AM Saturday, March 21, 2015, The Sheriff’s Office Consolidated Dispatch received a call that there was a shooting on Zephyr Road in Avon Park. As deputies were arriving at the location they encountered numerous vehicles fleeing the area. Once arriving at 2105 N. Zephyr Road, deputies saw other people running from the residence. People at the scene told deputies that several persons had been shot and were already being taken to the hospital by private vehicles.

Shortly thereafter Consolidated Dispatch received a call from Florida Hospital Heartland indicating they had two persons in the ER who had gunshot wounds. Later a third victim arrived, also with a gunshot wound.

Once the initial responding deputies arrived and calmed the chaos, deputies learned that there was a large house party where a cover charge was required to enter the party. In fact the party was advertised by a flyer on Facebook. At the house crime scene detectives found alcohol and drugs. It was further determined that at least three separate handguns of three different calibers were discharged and casings were located at the scene. The shots struck three victims, one 19 year old and two 16 year old males. Detectives estimated at least 50 to 100 young people were in attendance at this party, the ages ranged from 12 years of age to about 22 years of age.

The Zephyr Road home belonged to Heather Mills, a former Highlands County Detention Deputy who resigned in July, 2014 while being investigated. .

Mills’ own children ages 13 and 14 were in attendance at the party. Sheriff Benton “is begging for parents to talk with their kids and to please come forward with whatever they know about what happened at the party. This is serious stuff; we know that at least three guns were shot, how many other guns might have been there? We recovered spent shell casings, but would you believe that we have NOT located any of the firearms. Any one of your kids could have been shot at this house party. Detectives are looking at every angle of this incident; who are the shooters, where are the firearms, and of course and probably most important, who allowed this house party with kids, guns, alcohol, and drugs (a deadly combination) to take place. My fear is that this could have resulted in another homicide case where a group of your folks got out of control at a party and lives are changed forever. Please come forward with information and help us protect young children.”

Please contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Michael Parker at 863-402-7256 or 863-402-7250.

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(8477), contact us on the internet atwww.heartlandcrimestoppers.com or simply scan the QR code at right. Anonymity is guaranteed!

 

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3/23/2015 - Wanted(Skimmer), Davenport

WANTED SUBJECT: 19-year-old Alexandru Tomescu of Hollywood Florida, is wanted for use of a scanning device to defraud.

In January, 2015, a scanning device, or “skimmer,” was located on an ATM at a local bank in Davenport. The device was found by a bank employee and reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The skimmer was removed and PCSO detectives began an investigation. No customer information was compromised since the device was removed before the suspect could recover the “skimmer.”

Video surveillance from the bank captured the image of an unknown male who was later identified as Tomescu.

Tomescu was arrested in Osceola County in February 2015, for the same crime, in addition to drug charges. 

 

 

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3/20/2015 - Shoplifting, Circle K, 3808 Deeson Rd, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about a THEFT that occurred at the Circle K convenience store located at 3808 Deeson Road Lakeland, FL at approximately 8:00 p.m. on 03/09/15.

On Monday March 9th, at approximately 8:00 p.m. the suspect entered the Circle K store located at 3808 Deeson Road. While in the store, the suspect (pictured left) went to the register and removed an item from the counter. The suspect proceeded to exit without paying for the item.

The suspect is a white male approximately 5’9 – 6’2 with a thin build and short dark hair. He was seen wearing a black American Eagle T-Shirt and dark pants with flip flops. The suspect possibly left the store in a white 4-door truck. The suspect is reported to be between 20 and 35 years of age.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect, they are urged to contact Detective Paul Buoniconti at 863.577.1600, 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! 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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3/19/2015 - Burglary, Nu-Hope Thrift Store, Main St, Lake Placid

Lake Placid Police Department:
This criminal is driving us bananas! The picture is a person dressed up in what appears to be a rain coat and monkey mask. You read right....MONKEY mask. The monkey is wanted in connection to a burglary at the Nu-Hope Thrift Store on Main Ave. where a large fan was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LPPD at 863-699-3757. Case Officer is Cpl. Eddie San Miguel.

To remain anonymous 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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3/19/2015 - Theft of Wallet, Winter Haven Hospital

Winter Haven: Theft of Wallet from Hospital

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s assistance in identifying a female suspect who used a stolen debit card at two establishments in Haines City after a Winter Haven Hospital worker discovered her wallet taken from her purse today.

On 3-19-15 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the hospital worker opened her purse to find the wallet taken. The theft occurred between 1:30 - 2:30 pm. The purse was inside of a desk drawer.

It was later discovered that the subject pictured used the Victim`s debit card at the CVS in Haines City (35799 US Highway 27, Haines City, FL) at approximately 2 p.m. and also at McDonald`s on Hwy 27 in Haines City. The suspect is either a black or Hispanic female, with dark hair pulled into a ponytail, wearing dark glasses and a sleeveless black and pink camo shirt.

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3/17/2015 - Use of Stolen Credit Card, Wal Mart, 5800 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about an identity theft investigation that occurred in Lakeland, Florida.

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at approximately 10:50 a.m. the subject in this picture used a stolen credit/debit card to purchase merchandise at the Wal-Mart located at 5800 Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, Florida.

The subject appears to be a white male wearing a white and red plaid shirt, jeans and a black Florida Gators hat with sunglasses.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify the subject or vehicle in this picture, they are urged to contact Detective Phil Ryan at 863.577.1629 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! 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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3/14/2015 - Armed Robbery, EZ Way Drive Thru, 34th St, Winter Haven

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, two unknown male suspects entered the EZ Way Drive Thru, located on 34th Street NW in Winter Haven, armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun, and an aluminum baseball bat. After robbing the two store clerks of cash and cigarettes, the suspects fled on foot, jumping a fence behind the business.

One suspect is described as 5`10" to 6` tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a brown short-sleeved shirt, and blue latex gloves. His head was covered in black.

The other suspect is described as 6` to 6`2" tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a long-sleeved black shirt, blue latex gloves, and a brown ski mask.

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3/13/2015 - Grand Theft of Rings, K-Mart, 4717 S. Florida Av, Lakeland

Do you recognize this guy? Around 7:45 p.m. on Monday, March 9th, he reached over the counter at Kmart located at 4717 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland and stole 21 diamond rings, valued at over $37,000.

The suspect appears to be wearing a ballcap, black shirt, gray shorts, white socks, and black sandals. After the theft, the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

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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3/13/2015 - Theft of Cameras, Highlander Date, 2505 SR 60, Lake Wales

PCSO detectives are seeking the public`s help in the theft of surveillance cameras from a business in Lake Wales.

Between late January and early March 2015, an unknown suspect entered into the locked business Highlander Data, located at 2505 SR 60 in Lake Wales, and removed the exterior iSmart surveillance camera system on three separate occasions. A video of the suspect can be seen here. Another video from an earlier incident can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fpEPuthwkA

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 visit www.tipsoft.com.


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3/12/2015 - Burglary, 4283 Ashton Club Dr.l lake Wales

On February 8, 2015 the Lake Wales Police Department began working a residential burglary investigation at 4283 Ashton Club Dr. The intruder forced open a sliding glass door, entered the residence, and stole several expensive jewelry items. The vehicle in the photographs was reported to have picked up an unidentified person at the residence on the same date as the burglary.

Anyone having information on whom this vehicle belongs to or anyone who has information about the burglary is asked to contact Detective Stephanie Goreck at (863) 678-4223 extension 269.

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

 

 

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