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5/5/2015 - Meeting Date Change

The Heartland Crime Stoppers Board of Directors Meeting will meet on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm. The meeting will be held at the Polk County Sheriff`s Office Operation Center, 1891 Jim Keen Blvd, Winter Haven, FL.

4/6/2015 - Board of Directors April 2014 Meeting Date Change

The Heartland Crime Stoppers Board of Directors has changed it`s regular scheduled April 2014 meeting to Monday, April 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM. The meeting will be held at the Polk County Sheriff`s Office Operations Center, located at 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880.

12/17/2013 - $7,915 in Cash Rewards Approved

Heartland Crime Stoppers approved rewards in December totaling $7,915.00.

The rewards included cash for a homicide (Lakeland), auto theft (Winter Haven, were an 11 year was forced out of the parked vehicle), using a stolen credit card, trespassing, drugs, people with outstanding warrants, and thefts.

All it takes is to leave an anonymous tip by phone, text, web, or the "TipSubmit" app on your smart phone. If your tip results in an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, or the recovery of illegal drugs, you are eligible for a CA$H reward of up to $3,000.00.

Let`s help make our neighborhoods a safer place to live, work, and play. Let`s put criminals where they belong.....in jail and out of our neighborhoods!

7/2/2013 - June 2013 Rewards total $14,630.00 !

ne Rewards total $14,630 !! 

Heartland Crime Stoppers approved $14,630 in rewards for June 2013. The rewards where paid for tips that included:
1- One murder case where the suspect was identified and arrested,
2- Two cases where illegal firearms were reported, with each case ending in a arrest on weapons and drug charges,
3- Five Case involving people dealing drugs,
4- Seven cases reporting people with outstanding warrants, who were located and arrested on charges which included: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Battery, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Petty Theft, Child Abuse, Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender, Violation of Probation, Drug Possession, and Failure to Pay Child Support.

Do you have information on criminals or criminal activity? An anonymous call to Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) could result in you getting a cash reward, too. 

Your tip can be on ANY crime. It does NOT have to be one that is posted on our site !

You can also text a tip or use the web to submit anonymous tips. We don`t record calls, use caller ID, or otherwise track where the tip came from. 

9/25/2012 - Did You Get Your Part of $3,310.00 ?

$3,310.00 is the reward amount that was approved at the Heartland Crime Stoppers September 24, 2012 Monthly Board of Director`s Meeting. Fourteen (14) people will recieve their portion of that money, which averages $236.43 per person. All they had to do was to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers with information they already had on someone involved in a criminal act.

Some of the cases for which rewards were approved included Possession of Methamphetamine, two (2) cases of Retail Theft, fugitives with outstanding warrants, a stolen vehicle, and Possession of 5.5 pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Sell .

Additionally,  several rewards were approved as part of the Student Crime Stoppers Program. Those cases included students using marijuana and K-2 at a bus stop and on the school bus, another student for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, and another for theft of an Iphone.  

Our thanks to the people who took a stand against crime !

8/27/2012 - August Board Meeting Posponed Due to Tropical Storm Issac

The scheduled August 27, 20122 Board of Directors Meeting was been re-scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm. This change is due to the approach of Tropical Strom Issac, which is expected to impact Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties on Monday, August 27th.

The re-scheduled meeting will be held on September 4th, at the Polk County Sheriff`s Office Southwest Command, 4120 US 98 South Lakeland.

7/4/2012 - June Rewards total $7,175.00 !

News Release 7/3/12

Heartland Crime Stoppers Approve $7,175.00 in Rewards for June 2012.





The Heartland Crime Stoppers Board of Directors met on Monday, June 23, 2012, where they approved thirty (30) rewards totaling $7,175.00. The rewards included:

1- $1,000.00 to a Tipster who reported the whereabouts of Roy Rivera-Jimenez, who was wanted on charges of Violation of Probation/Sell of Schedule I & II Drugs, and Failure to Report for Weekend Work Release (No Driver’s License). Polk County Deputies responded to the location and arrested Rivera-Jimenez on the outstanding warrants. As the result of this contact, Deputies found drugs and placed additional charges on Rivera-Jimenez for Trafficking In Hydrocodone, Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, Possession of Cannabis within 1000 feet of a Church, Utilizing a Dwelling to Sell/Traffic Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Two other people in the home were also arrested: Elizabeth Colon was charged with Trafficking In Hydrocodone, Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, Possession of Cannabis within 1000 feet of a Church, Utilizing a Dwelling to Sell/Traffic narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Enoc Colon was arrested for Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, Possession of Cannabis within 1000 feet of a Church, Utilizing a Dwelling to Sell/Traffic narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. (See photos below)

2- $715.00 to a Tipster who reported where Latina Phillip could be located. Phillips had outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear/Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Operate a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Appear/Petit Theft, Violation of Probation/Uttering a Forged Instrument (2 Counts), Violation of Probation/Petit Theft, Violation of Probation/Grand Theft, and Violation of Probation/Criminal Use of a Personal ID. Polk County Deputies responded and arrested Phillips on the aforementioned charges. Also arrested, as a part of this investigation, was Djerid Corona for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Vehicle for Drug Use. (See photos below)

3-  $435.00 to a Tipster who reported that Daniel White was involved in Identity Theft and filing false tax returns. This information was forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An investigation by FDLE resulted in the arrest of Daniel White on 39 counts of Filing False Claims, 1 count of Aggravated Identity Theft, and 1 count of Wire Fraud.

4- $390.00 to a Tipster who reported a subject selling methamphetamines from the suspect’s job. An investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Shawn Williams  on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Heartland Crime Stoppers would like to thank all the concerned citizens who share information on crimes and criminals with us. It is with their assistance, that criminals are being held accountable for their crimes and dangerous felons are being removed from our neighborhoods.

5/18/2012 - May 2012 Meeting Date Change

Heartland Crime Stoppers has changed it`s meeting date for May  to Monday, May 21, 2012. The meeting begins at 5: 15 PM and will be held at the Polk County Sheriffs Office Southwest District Command, 4120 US 98 South, Lakeland, Fl.

The reason for the change is due to the normal meeting date of the Fourth (4th) Monday of each month, falls on Memorial Day (28th) for May 2012. 

3/19/2012 - New Address and Phone Numbers !!

Heartland Crime Stoppers has moved to a new physical location with new phone numbers and email. PLease note the changes show below :

Heartland Crime Stopppers

1891 Jim Keene Blvd                                                                                          

Winter Haven, Florida 33830


Office 863.293.2500

Fax    863.293.1800

Email: hcrimestoppers@gmail.com

3/10/2012 - Special Called Meeting of Board of Directors

A Special Meeting of the Board of Directors has been called for Monday, March 12, 2012. The meeting will start at 5:15 pm at the Polk County Sheriff`s Office Southwest Command Office, located at 4120 US 98 South, Lakeland, Florida.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and vote on recent changes to the Heartland Crime Stoppers By-Laws and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

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