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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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7/23/2014 - Bank Robbery, Chase Bank, 5555 Walt Williams Loop Road, Lakeland

Bank Robbery

On July 22, at approximately 4:55pm, Lakeland Police officers responded to Chase Bank, 5555 Walt Loop Road in reference to a reported bank robbery. The suspect produced a hand written note that contained the threat of a bomb on the suspect’s person. The suspect produced a tan colored plastic bag similar to those provided in grocery stores; the suspect demanded an undisclosed amount of currency to be placed into the plastic bag. The suspect departed the bank and walked southwest to a black newer style Dodge Charger waiting in the parking lot of Publix on Socrum Loop Road. The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling north on Socrum Loop. No tag number was obtained. 

Detectives responded to the scene to conducted interviews and obtained the attached photos. No one was injured during the robbery and it is unknown how much money was stolen. 

Suspect Description: Hispanic Male, approximately 510 – 600, 150 – 180 lbs, goatee, grey long sleeve shirt, long short pants, white tennis shoes, black & teal Miami Heat basketball cap, dark sunglasses.

 

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7/23/2014 - Hit and Run Fatality, 2600 South Florida Av, Lakeland

Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Crash Hit & Run

LAKELAND, FL (July 23, 2014) 

On July 23, 2014 at 2:06 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue in reference to a vehicle hitting a pedestrian which resulted in a fatality. South Florida Avenue is a four lane continuous left turn lane roadway with no center medians. 

A witness working with the victim was assisting in installing curb island crosswalks. The witness stated he was in the immediate area of the incident as a co-worker standing in front of a work truck. The witness heard several thumping sounds and responded to the rear of the work truck to see several damaged orange traffic barrels and the victim lying in the roadway. The witness then observed a dark colored truck traveling south on South Florida Avenue. The witness could not provide any make, model, and tag or driver information.

Based on the investigation, it appears that the suspects’ vehicle was traveling south on South Florida Avenue in the inside lane. The suspects’ vehicle struck several traffic barrels and struck the victim near the rear of the work truck. The victim came to final rest approximately 80 feet from point of impact in the inside southbound lane. The victim was wearing reflective safety clothing. 

The investigation is still ongoing and has been turned over to Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano. The next of kin has been notified.

Victim: Shelby K. Shull, 44 years old
218 E. Citrus Avenue, Apt. 2. , Eustis, Florida. 

Anyone with information should contact Ofc. Mike Catalano 863-834-2558, 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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7/23/2014 - Burglary to Vehicle (x3) Circle B Bar Range, Winter Lake Road, Lakeland

PCSO deputies are seeking information about three car burglaries that occurred at the Circle B Bar Ranch on Winter Lake Road.

Between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 three cars were broken into at the aforementioned location, 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland. Personal property and cell phones were taken from the vehicles.

Approximately 30 minutes after the crimes were discovered, one of the stolen credit cards was used at a Sunoco gas station to purchase fuel. The suspect seen in this video surveillance photo used the stolen card. She was driving the four-door white car with tinted windows also seen here.

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7/22/2014 - Shoplifting, Wal Mart, 355 Cypress TGardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL

Help Identify Bra Theft Suspect! Winter Haven Police is asking for public`s help in identifying the subject shown for taking 16 bras from Walmart (355 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven.) The suspect stole approximately 16 bras and exited without paying. The woman, riding a motorized cart, selected the items from a rack and entered a changing room leaving the empty hangers behind. Workers found the hangers in the changing room and viewed video, which shows this woman taking the items in and exiting with nothing in her hands. Anyone with information, contact 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)

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7/21/2014 - Burglary, Smith`s Grocery, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamailton Police Department: 

Two Charged with Burglary to Smith’s Grocery. Two Suspect still at large.

With the assistance of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and The Lake Wales Police Department, Suspect #1 has been identified as Maurice Patrick Herring Jr. B/M 10/09/1984 and was placed under arrest on 07-19-14 and is currently in the Polk County Jail. 

A 4th suspect (driver of vehicle) was also identified as Lamar Marquis Welch B/M 08/06/1992. Welch was implicated and further confessed to the crime due to the diligent work of the Polk County Sheriff detectives. Welch was arrested and charged on 07-18-14 and is currently in the Polk County Jail. 

We currently have street names of Suspect #2 and #3 of “Band Band” and “White Boy D” and are still attempting to identify them. If you have any information please contact Sgt Nunemaker at nunemakerj@townoflakehamilton.com or phone 863-439-1561. 

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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7/21/2014 - Burglary, Midas Jewelry, 1415 3rd St SW, Winter Haven
One suspect in custody and one suspect still on on the loose. Call us at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) if you know who it is and you could be eligible for a cash rewad of up to $3,000 !
Winter Haven Police K-9 Tracks To Burglary Suspect
An Orlando man, who was just released from prison in June, is under arrest following a daring attempt to burglarize a business in Winter Haven. 24 year-old Akeem Lovett (1117 North Nowell St, Orlando, FL 32808) was taken into custody and charged with Armed Burglary, Burglary, Grand Theft (more than $20,000.00) and Resisting Without Violence. All of the property was located inside of a bag that the suspects dropped when Police arrived. 

On 7-20-14 at approximately 3 a.m., Winter Haven Police responded to an alarm call at Midas Jewelry (1415 3rd St., SW, Winter Haven) indicating there was movement inside of the business.
 
When officers arrived, they saw a black male with long dreads on the roof of the business. The subject jumped from the roof and officers began pursuing the suspect. Officers chased the suspect, but lost track of him. 

 
Winter Haven K-9 Ares and handler Officer Elliott responded and developed a track from Midas Jewelry towards the business of Haven Pallet (347 Ave. O, SW) and located a broken window at the business. Blood was found under the window. Officer Elliott determined the window was too small for a person to fit and Ares continued to track the property. 

 
Ares tracked to a pole barn on the same property and located Akeem Lovett in a stack of pallets inside of the structure. Commands were given and Lovett eventually came out and was taken into custody. 

 
Lovett, who also had a fresh bleeding injury to his hand, was wearing a dark baseball-style cap, which matched one of the two suspects seen in the business surveillance video. 

At this time, the second suspect seen on the roof (with long dreads) at the burglary location has not been located. 

Lovett was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of Armed Burglary (F-1), Grand Theft (F-2), Burglary (F-3) and Resisting Without Violence (M-1). 
Police continue to search for the second suspect and ask that anyone with information on this case 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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7/21/2014 - Aggravated Battery on Elderly Person, I-4 Rest Area (Westbound)

PCSO deputies are seeking the suspect`s help in identifying a suspect wanted for aggravated battery on an elderly person, at a rest area on I-4.

Around 12:10 p.m. (ten minutes after noon) on Monday, July 14, 2014, the victim was in the restroom at the rest area located at 11005 I-4 Westbound (near mile marker 46) in Polk City when he was approached by an unknown white male suspect. The suspect battered the victim, and then fled in a four-door black Toyota, possibly a Rav-4.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, 5`9" to 6`2" tall, 200 lbs., physically fit, wearing a grey T-shirt, tan shorts, with light-colored hair styled in a crewcut, wearing dark rimmed glasses. He possibly had a tattoo on the back of his right leg.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect, they are urged to contact Detective Keith Brannon at 863-236-3938.

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7/17/2014 - Vandalism, Toby`s Clown Museum and School, 109 West Interlake Blvd, Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID— Vandalism, Toby`s Clowns Museum and School.

Vandals broke windows at Toby’s Clowns Museum and Schoo,109 West Interlake Blvd, in Lake Placid, on the night of July 4 and again on July 11, 2014. Fist-sized rocks not only broke the window, but also ruined the window frames.

The damage and repair is estimated to be $2,000.00

If you have information on this crime, 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 cas reward of up to $3,000.00.

Photo: LAKE PLACID— Vandalism, Toby`s Clowns Museum and School.

Vandals broke windows at Toby’s Clowns Museum and Schoo,109 West Interlake Blvd, in Lake Placid, on the night of July 4 and again on  July 11, 2014. Fist-sized rocks not only broke the window, but also ruined the window frames.

The damage and repair is estimated to be $2,000.00

If you have information on this crime, 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 cas reward of up to $3,000.00

 

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7/17/2014 - Shoplifting Suspect, Dillard`s, 3800 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

Attempt to Identify – Shoplifting/Petit Theft Suspect

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify an unknown black male who is a suspect in a theft from Dillard’s, 3800 Highway 98 N. The subject frequents the Lakeland Square Mall two-five times per week for two-seven hours at a time throughout various stores.

If you can identify this person, please 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.

LPD Event #14-14544 Officer Robertson

Photo: Attempt to Identify – Shoplifting/Petit Theft Suspect

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify an unknown black male who is a suspect in a theft from Dillard’s, 3800 Highway 98 N. The subject frequents the Lakeland Square Mall two-five times per week for two-seven hours at a time throughout various stores.

If you can identify this person, please 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.

LPD Event #14-14544 Officer Robertson

 

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7/16/2014 - Shoplifting, Wal Mart, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police Department:

Self Checkout does not mean Free At Checkout! 

Police are asking for the public to help identify this female who was seen on store video at Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd) in the self checkout area. Shescanned a few items, but concealed the remaining items and walked out. Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Officer Derrick Doles at 863-291-5858 .

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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7/15/2014 - Theft of Trailer, Sal`s Garage, 101 Central Av. East, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying a vehicle and suspects possibly involved in the theft of a trailer over the weekend.
On 7/12/14 at approximately 4:19 a.m., a white 4-door Jeep (possibly a newer model Jeep Cherokee) with a roof rack was seen on surveillance video at Sal`s Garage (101 Central Ave. E, Winter Haven) driving through the parking lot. The vehicle reentered at 4:25 a.m. The occupants of the vehicle are suspected of taking a 21-ft flatbed trailer from the back of the business. The trailer is valued at $2,500 and described as black in color with black rims (Hercules brand) on the four tires (two on each side). The left rear tail light is broken and it has no tailgate.
Anyone with information on the theft of this trailer is asked to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Photo: Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying a vehicle and suspects possibly involved in the theft of a trailer over the weekend.
On 7/12/14 at approximately 4:19 a.m., a white 4-door Jeep (possibly a newer model Jeep Cherokee) with a roof rack was seen on surveillance video at Sal`s Garage (101 Central Ave. E,  Winter Haven) driving through the parking lot. The vehicle reentered at 4:25 a.m.   The occupants of the vehicle are suspected of taking a 21-ft flatbed trailer from the back of the business. The trailer is valued at $2,500 and described as black in color with black rims (Hercules brand) on the four tires (two on each side). The left rear tail light is broken and it has no tailgate.
Anyone with information on the theft of this trailer is asked to contact 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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7/15/2014 - Home Invasion, Manitiba Court, Poinciana

PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed home invasion that occurred on July 13, 2014, in Poinciana.

Around 9:50 p.m. that evening, three unknown black male suspects forced their way into a residence on Manitoba Court in Poinciana. Once inside, the suspects battered the victim. All three suspects were armed with handguns. The suspects wore all black clothing, except one suspect who wore a red hoodie sweatshirt, and all had bandannas covering their faces. After the robbery, the suspects fled on foot. Images of the suspects were captured on the residential video surveillance system, and can be seen here.

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7/14/2014 - Shoplifting, One Stop Dollar tore, 803 Wabash Av, Lakeland

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

At approximately 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, June 15, 2014, a retail theft occurred at the One Stop Dollar Store located at 803 Wabash Ave., Lakeland.

The suspects in the photo, a white female, approximately 25-35 years of age, brown hair, wearing a black/white tank top and shorts; and a white female approximately 25-35 years of age, wearing a black shirt and jean shorts entered the store and removed merchandise. The suspects left the store passing all points of sale. The suspects were chased out of the store by the owner and departed north on Wabash Ave in a white Ford F250 occupied by three additional male subjects. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Lawton at 863-577-1600Call: 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200.

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

 

 

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7/14/2014 - Theft of Generators, Golfview Cutoff Rd and Scenic Hwy, Babson Park

PCSO Agricultural Crimes deputies are seeking information about the theft of two Honda 5.5 horsepower motors.

Sometime between June 28th and July 5th, 2014, the motors were taken from the area of Golfview Cutoff Road and Scenic Hwy in Babson Park. The motors were removed from liquid fertilizer trailers that were parked there.

If anyone has information about these thefts, they are urged to contact Detective Jay Scarborough at 863.298.6200Call: 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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7/13/2014 - Theft of Beer, 7-11 Store, 4000 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven
PCSO Deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying two suspects seen in video surveillance stealing beer from the 7-11 store located at 4000 Recker Hwy in Winter Haven.

Around 11:35 p.m. on June 18, 2014, the two suspects walked into the store and over to the beer cooler. One of the suspects took a case of Bud Light beer and stood in line briefly before walking out of the store without paying.

The suspects are described as:

A black male with long dreadlocks, wearing a black T-shirt and orange plaid shorts;

A black male wearing a purple hat and grey sweater;

If anyone has information about this theft or can identify these suspects, they are urged to contact Detective Aaron Kretzer at 863.297.1111Call: 863.297.1111.

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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