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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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12/5/2014 - Robbery, Wal Mart, 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

VIOLENT ARMED ROBBERY AT WAL MART IN WINTER HAVEN (video attached shows both clerks being hit)

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying a suspect who pistol whipped two Wal Mart store clerks in a brazen armed robbery today.

Today (12-5-14) at approximately 12:31 p.m. a suspect entered the Wal Mart Liquor store located at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and walked briefly around the store ihttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=818639628202660n an obvious attempt to see if there wee any other customers present.

The suspect then approaches one counter, places a small item to be scanned and immediately pulled a gun on the clerk. The 75 year-old male clerk attempts to open the drawer when the suspect hits him on the side of the head knocking him to the ground.

The suspect then turns to the 50 year-old female clerk directly behind him and commands her to open her drawer, which she attempts to do. The suspect then hits the female clerk two times on the side of the head and then leaves the store empty handed.

Both clerks were taken to Winter Haven Hospital to be treated for lacerations to the head. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect is described as a black male, 50 - 60 years of age, 5`7 - 5`9 with a medium build, clean shaven, no accent and with pock parks on the skin of his face. He was wearing a blue hoodie over a black baseball cap, jean shorts with light-colored piping on the pockets, white socks and boots with possibly a blue rim on the top.

Anyone with information on who this suspect is is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or Detective Nick Gregory at 863-401-2256. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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12/4/2014 - Hit and Run Fatality, Berkley Rd, Polk City

Traffic deputies are asking for any information on a vehicle of interest in a serious bodily crash investigation.


At approximately 9:30 pm, on Thursday, December 4, 2014, deputies received a call regarding a subject who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, and lying in the middle of Berkley Road in Polk City. 

Polk County Fire and Medic Units responded to the scene and found the injured male victim. The victim, 28-year-old Charles Paul Vanduyn, DOB 01/08/1986, Berkley Road South, Polk City was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Based on interviews and evidence at the scene, it appears Vanduyn was riding a red and black, 2004, Honda TRX250 four-wheel ATV, traveling southbound on Berkley Road, in the northbound lane, near Rubens Circle. Tire marks in the roadway indicate Vanduyn swerved to the right (west) and began to slide at a slight angle sideways. It is believed Vanduyn was ejected from the ATV and came to rest lying in the northbound lane, in line with and just to the east of the centerline. 

There were no witnesses to this crash. Several vehicles northbound on Berkley Road came upon Vanduyn lying in the road and took evasive actions to miss him. No debris from a vehicle was located to aid in determining if Vanduyn had been struck or by what type vehicle if he had been. 

The vehicle of interest is described as an early 90’s model Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck. It is possibly Metallic Green and has a Green light (possibly tag light) visible in the rear bumper area. The truck was known to be occupied by a white female with brown hair and wearing a dark colored poncho type outer garment at the time of the crash and was last seen traveling northbound on Berkley Road.

 

Photo: Traffic deputies are asking for any information on a vehicle of interest in a serious bodily crash investigation.
At approximately 9:30 pm, on Thursday, December 4, 2014, deputies received a call regarding a subject who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, and lying in the middle of Berkley Road in Polk City. 

Polk County Fire and Medic Units responded to the scene and found the injured male victim.  The victim, 28-year-old Charles Paul Vanduyn, DOB 01/08/1986, Berkley Road South, Polk City was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Based on interviews and evidence at the scene, it appears Vanduyn was riding a red and black, 2004, Honda TRX250 four-wheel ATV, traveling southbound on Berkley Road, in the northbound lane, near Rubens Circle. Tire marks in the roadway indicate Vanduyn swerved to the right (west) and began to slide at a slight angle sideways. It is believed Vanduyn was ejected from the ATV and came to rest lying in the northbound lane, in line with and just to the east of the centerline. 

There were no witnesses to this crash. Several vehicles northbound on Berkley Road came upon Vanduyn lying in the road and took evasive actions to miss him. No debris from a vehicle was located to aid in determining if Vanduyn had been struck or by what type vehicle if he had been. 

The vehicle of interest is described as an early 90’s model Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck. It is possibly Metallic Green and has a Green light (possibly tag light) visible in the rear bumper area. The truck was known to be occupied by a white female with brown hair and wearing a dark colored poncho type outer garment at the time of the crash and was last seen traveling northbound on Berkley Road.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the PCSO at 863.298.6200.

 


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12/3/2014 - Shoplifting, Dollar General, 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton Police Department is investigating a retail theft that occurred on 11-24-14 at the Dollar General store located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd (CR 542) Lake Hamilton, FL 33851 Case # 14-11-1404.

Suspect #1 is a white male mid to late 20’s approx. 220 lbs. and 6’ to 6’2” tall. He is wearing a black or dark colored jacket with grey inner lining and a black ball cap with an unknown logo in yellow.

Suspect #2 is a white male mid to late 20’s approx. 175 lbs. and is 6’ to 6’2” tall. He has a beard and mustache and is wearing a green t-shirt with the letters the visable letters “FO” and a grey pull on cap.

Please review the following images and contact Ofc Platts LH202 at plattsr@townoflakehamilton.com or at the Lake Hamilton Police Department at 863-439-1561 with any information.

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12/3/2014 - Burglary, Greenleaf Area, Polk County

Polk County Sheriff`s Office: Attempt to Identify, December 2, 2014

On December 2, 2014 in the morning hours, two residential burglaries occurred in the Grenelefe area within a few minutes of each other. The vehicle pictured below was observed leaving the area shortly after the alarm was dispatched.

The unknown subject was then observed pulling into the gas station at Hwy 544 and Lake Marion Rd. 

The unknown subject is a person of interest in the burglaries and we are seeking information in reference to his identify. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Rickey Daugherty at 863-678-4115.

To remain anonymous, please call Heatland Crime Stoppers at 
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12/2/2014 - Vandalism, Gapway Road Area, Auburndale

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This vandal has been stealing from cars and vandalizing them with spray paint in North Auburndale. This incident was around midnight on Dec 1 off of Gapway Rd in Auburndale.

The photo is a still shot of the video which captured the vandal in action.

If you have any information on who is committing these 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 will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00 !

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11/28/2014 - Theft of Phone, Circle K, 1000 1sr St South, Winter Haven

No such thing as Finders Keepers - Help identify this phone thief!
Last night (11-25-14) at approximately 7 p.m., the below pictured female entered Circle K (1000, 1st St., S) with the male. The female was went to the counter to pay for merchandise where a customer was finishing his transaction. 

The customer inadvertently left his cell phone on the counter and walked out. The female is seen on video placing the phone inside of her purse when she went up to the counter. 

Anyone who recognizes her or the male is asked to contact Officer Brad Callaway 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).

Reminder to all - please be mindful of your property and do not lay it on the counter. For those who FIND someone else`s property, please be a good citizen and turn it in.

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No such thing as Finders Keepers - Help identify this phone thief!
Last night (11-25-14) at approximately 7 p.m., the below pictured female entered Circle K (1000, 1st St., S) with the male. The female was went to the counter to pay for merchandise where a customer was finishing his transaction. 

The customer inadvertently left his cell phone on the counter and walked out. The female is seen on video placing the phone inside of her purse when she went up to the counter. 

Anyone who recognizes her or the male is asked to contact Officer Brad Callaway 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).

Reminder to all - please be mindful of your property and do not lay it on the counter. For those who FIND someone else`s property, please be a good citizen and turn it in.

 

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11/26/2014 - Robbery, 219 Bomber Rd, Winter Haven

PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking the public`s help in an armed personal robbery investigation.

Around 9:48 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, the victim was sitting outside the Tierra Shop convenience store located at 219 Bomber Road in Winter Haven when he was approached by two unknown black male suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim`s money. The victim immediately fled, and looked back to see one of the suspects firing two rounds from the handgun in his direction. Fortunately, nobody was injured during this incident. 

Attached are two surveillance photos of the suspects. One suspect is described as a black male, 5`6` to 5`8" tall, wearing a T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts, with a light blue or grey beanie on his head. The other suspect is described as a black male, 5`8" to 6` tall, wearing grey/blue shorts, slides on his feet, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and a black overcoat.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects, they are urged to contact Detective Danny Peters at 863.298.6912.

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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11/25/2014 - Theft of Purse, Publix, 23965 Hwy 27, Lake Wales

Lake Wales Police Department: Theft of Purse from Publix

On November 21, 2014 a customer who was shopping at Publix, located at 23965 HWY 27, reported her purse stolen. The theft occurred at the customer service counter at approximately 1:50pm. A short time later her purse was located in a shopping cart outside the store. The customer reported her currency had been stolen from her purse.

The Lake Wales Police Department is trying to identify the woman in these photographs. Police want to question her in regards to this theft. Anyone who knows the person in these photographs is asked to contact Detective Bill Raebig at (863) 678-4223 extension 264.

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11/21/2014 - Fraud/Forgery, Hess GasStation, 3117 S. Florid Ave, Lakeland

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY – FRAUD/FORGERY SUSPECTS

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at approximately 11:57 a.m., there were two purchases made from the Hess Gas Station at 3117 S Florida Avenue with the victims credit/debit card. 

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify 2 subjects who were possibly involved in this incident.

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.

LPD Event #14-23701 Detective Strickland

 

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11/21/2014 - Burglary, North Lakeland Elementary, 410 W. Robson Rd, Lakeland

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY – BUSINESS BURGLARY SUSPECTS

In early November, a business burglary occurred at North Lakeland Elementary School, 410 W Robson Street in Lakeland. Police need help in identifying 2 subjects in connection with this incident.

Subject 1 is described as a white male, last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt with an unknown image on the front, grey shorts, and dark shoes.

Subject 2 is described as a black male, wearing a black t shirt, red shorts, and dark shoes.

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.

LPD Event #14-22990 Detective Fetz

 

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11/21/2014 - Fraud, Wal Mart, 7450 Cypres Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Can you identify this female? On Nov. 13, 2014 she entered Wal Mart at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and used a fraudulent receipt to get cash for returned items she chose off the shelves. She fled in the Silver Honda pictured. Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Detective Samantha Phillips at 863-401-2256 or send a private inbox message to this page.

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11/17/2014 - Theft of Generators, Frostproof

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

Sometime between Friday, November 14, 2014, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, two Honda motors were taken from fertilizer transport trailers parked at different locations in Frostproof.

The thefts occurred in the areas of Riddle Road and Stonemont Road; and Hopson and Keen Griffin Road.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jay Scarborough at 863-534-7205, or 863-298-6200.

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11/14/2014 - Attempted Theft, Publix, Davenport

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Attempted Retail Theft investigation.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, a white female entered the Publix Supermarkets Sand Mine Road store in Davenport and removedmerchandise from the store without paying.

The suspect, described as wearing a two-tone pull over shirt and dark capris pants, was carrying a large red or bright pink bag. She selected five DVD movies and concealed them in her purse. 

The suspect then exited the business without paying for the merchandise. The store manager followed the suspect outside the business and confronted her about the concealed merchandise. The suspect threw the DVD’s on the ground and fled the business. The stolen merchandise was recovered. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to Detective Bardwell at 863-236-3933, 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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11/11/2014 - Stolen Credit Card, Lake Wales

Lake Wales Police Department: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (Stolen).
The Lake Wales Police Department is conducting an investigation where the unidentified person in these photographs used a stolen credit card at RaceTrac and Winn Dixie in Lake Wales. The credit card was stolen from Cape Coral but used in Lake Wales on September 14, 2014 to purchase $108.13 worth of merchandise from the two stores. The suspect was possibly driving a white Ford Explorer.

Anyone who knows the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective Mike Yodonis at (863) 678-4223 extension 276.

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11/10/2014 - Homicide,Crestmore Drive, Lake Placid

Photo: UPDATE.......Highlands County Sheriff`s Office.

HOMICIDE VICTIM: Johnny Trevor Jackson, 20 years of age.
Location of shooting: Crestmore Drive, Lake Placid (Highway Park area)

At approximately 3:30AM today Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Florida Hospital Lake Placid where two people were being treated for gunshot wounds. Further investigation revealed the incident took place on/near Crestmore Drive in the Highway Park area of Lake Placid. 

Johnny Trevor Jackson, 20 years of age, of Clewiston passed away of injuries suffered in this incident. The investigation is ongoing and there are no further details to be released at this time. We will update as more information becomes available.

The  Highlands County Sheriff’s Office received calls from the area of Highway Park on Crestmore Drive at approximately 3:30 am this morning (11-10-14); a male caller saying someone has been shot, “get here quick” and immediately disconnected. Within minutes calls came from Florida Hospital Lake Placid that they had patients with gunshots wounds.

Deputies responded to both locations. At the hospital there were two persons with gunshot wounds; Johnny Trevor was in critical condition and died. The other, Dejaveyon Gray, 22, address unknown, was transported to Tampa for further treatment and is in stable condition. At the scene of the shooting, 126 Crestmore Drive, deputies found chaos; people running and crying. They learned that all of a sudden shots were being fired and people went in every direction, even jumping out of windows. The scene was secured and detectives arrived.

Throughout the day today, crime scene personnel have scoured the site and have located numerous used shell casings from various firearms. Thus far at least three different caliber firearms have been identified. Additionally, this afternoon a third person, Ivey Williams, Jr. 20 of Lake Placid presented at Florida Hospital with a gunshot wound. He was also at the Barber Shop on Crestmore Drive early this morning. He was treated and released.

We have learned that the Barber Shop has become an after party site when Highway Park Liquor shuts down according to the law at 2:00 am, especially on Sunday nights, charging an admission fee and illegally selling alcohol. In addition to the shooting investigation and working towards identifying the shooters, we will be working on the administrative front with our county zoning partners as well as state alcohol/tobacco officers to address the illegal operation of this after hour’s club.

 

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