A tip called in to Heartland Crime Stoppers resulted in the arrest of Amanda Akins for stealing a box of donated toys in the Hungry Howies in Polk City. Akins was charged with Grand Theft and transported to the Polk County Jail.
This tipster received $225.00 reward!
A tip to Heartland Crime Stoppers resulted in the arrest of two (2) in the Burglary and Criminal Mischief at Lake Gibson Middle School. The pair were students at Lake Gibson Middle School who scaled a fence around the portable classrooms on campus around 10 pm, and broke out several windows to a classroom. One of the students then stole a fire extinguisher from a nearby location and discharged it into the classroom.
The charges on the two include: Burglary, Grand theft of a Fire Extinguisher, Criminal Mischief, and Trespass on School Grounds.
Lakeland Police are going to participate in the candlelight vigil organized by citizensin honor of slain Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The Lakeland Police Departmentappreciates the outpouring of condolences and well wishes for Officer Crispin. The candlelight vigil will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on December 21, 2011, in front of the Lakeland Police Department. Massachusetts Avenue will be shut down during this time period. Chief Lisa Womack will speak briefly to those present.
The police vehicle driven by Officer Crispin has been placed in front of the Lakeland Police Department. Citizens in the community are invited to place flowers and other momentos on the vehicle in honor of Officer Crispin.
Candles for this vigil are not being provided to the public by the Lakeland Police Department.
Funeral arrangements for Officer Crispin are still being finalized. They will be released as soon as they are available.
This information is also available onwww.lpdonlinenews.com.
Sebring Police Cmdr. Steve Carr said Friday the four individuals were believed to be involved in about 25 cases of thefts, home and vehicle burglaries over the last couple of days. No other arrests were expected.
Jeffery Michael Devlin, 19, of 1422 Nan-Ces-O-Wee Ave., Sebring, and Joshua James Devlin, 23, of Port Charlotte, were both arrested on charges of two counts of burglary and two counts of petty theft.
A third adult, Rolando Josue Lopez, 18, of 1426 Nan-Ces-O-Wee Ave., Sebring, was also arrested on charges of two counts of burglary of a conveyance and two counts of petty theft.
James Levi Meredith, 17, of 1330 Fernvale Ave., Sebring, was charged with burglary of a conveyance, petty theft and resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence.
James Levi Merideth Jeffery Michael Devlin
JOSHUA JAMES DEVLIN ROLANDO JOSUE LOPEZ
Police were called to the 3400 block of Lakeview Drive on a call reporting suspicious persons in the area.
Police arriving on the scene spotted four subjects, all dressed in black, who ran toward Lake Jackson when they spotted the police. They were ordered to stop. Three of the four, the adult subjects, stopped and were detained, the arrest report stated.
Police recovered a shopping bag and backpack containing several items, which lay next to the three.
The items were later identified as having been stolen during a vehicle burglary on Lakeview Drive, the report stated.
Police also found several items on the shoreline of Lake Jackson belonging to a Lakeview Drive resident, the report stated.
According to interviews with two of the suspects, investigators reported the suspects were tied to car-fishing incidents around 11 p.m., Nov. 30, according to the arrest report. Car fishing is when unlocked cars are entered by potential burglars looking for loose valuables.
Carr said numerous other charges were pending as the investigation continued.
For the month of October 2011, Heartland Crime Stoppers acted on 141 Tips which resulted in the clearance of 16 cases and the arrest of 14 people. We also recovered property valued at $1,880.00 and narcotics valued at $265.00.
Tips Written 141
Regular Tips 97
Warrant Tips 37
School Tips 7
Cases Cleared 16
$1,880.00 worth of property recovered.
$265.00 worth of drugs recovered.
Awards paid out $3,750.00.
Average payout $234.00.
The Heartland Crime Stoppers has paid out $3,750.00 to tipsters for the period of September 27, 2011 to October 24, 2011. These tips resulted in the arrest of fifteen (15) people on charges including battery, possession of drugs, armed burglary, outstanding warrants, and violation of probation.
Don't let your community be riddled with crime. If you have any information on criminal activity in your community, you can report it and remain anonymous. You can also receive a reward of up to $1,000.
Don't turn you head to crime. Be part of the solution to crime. Be a tipster.
Heartland Crime Stoppers has named A. G. "Chip" Brown, Jr. as the new Executive Director for the organization. Chip served with the Lakeland Police Department for twenty-nine (29) years, reaching the rank of Captain. His duties included Uniform Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, SWAT Team, Crime Prevention, Narcotics and Vice, and Domestic Abuse Response Team. As a Captain with LPD, he was the Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division. Later he took over as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigations Division, and finally, as the Commanding Officer of Support Services Division.
Heartland Crime Stoppers also has new contact information:
2390 Bob Phillips Road Bartow, Florida 33830
The idea for these playing cards to be distributed in the jails to inmates was started by Heartland Crime Stoppers. This idea was so well received by other organizations worldwide, the cards have been put in thousands of jails internationally.
This article is proof that this idea which started by Heartland Crime Stoppers is bringing closure to victim's families everywhere!
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