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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Burglary, Speedway, 3117 South Florida Av, Lakeland
March 29, 2018

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On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at around 11:59 p.m., the suspect pictured below kicked out the lower portion of the front glass door at Speedway, located at 3117 South Florida Avenue. The suspect stole Gold Rush Doubles lottery tickets & White Grape cigars. The suspect fled behind the building on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black hoodie, baseball hat, black facemask, black gloves, black shorts, black socks, & white shoes. He was also carrying an orange & blue backpack.



Burglary, Lake Myrtle Sports Complex, Auburndale
March 29, 2018

Suspect burglarizes Lake Myrtle Complex.

Agency case number 18-682
On 3/24/18 at 2051 hours, the unknown male seen below kicked in a rear sliding door panel at the Florida Youth Soccer Association building located at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex, 2828 Lake Myrtle Park Road in Auburndale.

The male is seen wearing only sweatpants and no shirt. Nothing was stolen from the building. If you are able to assist in identifying this subject, and want to remain anonymous, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers.
Web: Click on the "Contact Us" tab or go to www.p3tips.com
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Phone: Call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

Cash reward if your tip results in an arrest !

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Burglaries, South Lakeland
March 28, 2018

 Do you see this suspect? He burglarized a home on River Lake Drive in Lakeland today (cross streets - US Hwy 98 South and 540-A), between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - and is suspected in several other residential burglaries in south Lakeland during the same time frame (Wed, March 28th).

No need to tell us to run the tag - we did, and it's not registered. Check him out - look at his clothing, his shoes, his gloves. Do you know him? Did you see this white van today? He went around breaking into the rear doors and windows of unoccupied homes .

 

 
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Hit and Run, Sebring
March 27, 2018

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Homicde, NW 1st Av, Mulberry
March 27, 2018

Please share - we are still seeking tips in this investigation, and Heartland Crime Stoppers has increased the CASH REWARD to $5,000!

PCSO Homicide detectives are conducting a homicide investigation in Mulberry and are seeking the public's help.

Preliminary information so far is as follows:

Around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, PCSO deputies responded to a residence on NW 1st Avenue in Mulberry to conduct a well-being check on 58-year-old Tammy Butler, at the request of friends who had not spoken with her in several days. When deputies entered the home, they found Tammy obviously deceased inside.

Detectives are following up on leads at this time, but are seeking the public's help in this investigation.

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Vehicle Burglary, Winter Haven
March 25, 2018

A vehicle burglary at Winter Haven Hospital resulted in the victim's credit cards being stolen. These two used one of the cards at Walmart in Auburndale. Then they made several attempts to use the cards at a Lakeland Walmart. 
Anyone who recognizes either of these two should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and
 
could be eligible for a cash reward.
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Shoplifting, Lowes, 3525 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland
March 23, 2018

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, between 12:45 p.m. and 1:03 pm, the suspect pictured below placed miscellaneous tools in his cart at Lowes, located at 3525 Lakeland Highlands Rd. He then went to the Gardening Section where he concealed the items on his person and exited without attempting to pay for the items. After being stopped, the subject turned over a portion of the stolen merchandise.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male wearing a black Nike shirt and baseball cap. The suspect left in a white GMC Sonoma.

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Theft, Home Depot
March 23, 2018

This subject went shopping at Home Depot stores in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Hollywood, Davie, Coral Springs, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach. Money was no object for him. Basically, because he used somebody else’s money. 

He used a local company’s Home Depot account to purchase about $61,000 in gift cards at Home Depots in all of those cities mentioned above. 
 
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Impersonating a Police Officer
March 22, 2018

ighlands County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who impersonated a law enforcement officer earlier this week. 

The HCSO received a report on Monday, March 19, from a woman who said she was riding her bicycle to work at approximately 5:45 a.m. in the 700 block of West Palmetto Street in Avon Park when she was stopped by a black colored Grand Marquis-style vehicle that had a flashing light, but no agency insignia on it. 

The victim said the driver was a man (around 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds) with short brown hair and wearing a black polo style shirt and jeans. The suspect was only carrying a set of handcuffs and a flashlight and identified himself as Officer Akins. After a brief interaction, the victim requested to see the suspect’s credentials. When he was unable to provide any identification, the suspect returned to his vehicle and departed the area. The photograph is a composite sketch of the suspect.
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Theft, Walmart, Lake Wales
March 21, 2018

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Theft of Wallet, Circle K, Mulberry
March 21, 2018

On March 8, 2018, around 11:42 a.m. detectives responded to a theft at the Circle K. Gas station located at 6340 County Line Road in Mulberry. The victim told detectives he went inside the gas station, paid for a few items, and then went to his truck to eat. He noticed his wallet was missing and went inside the Circle K.

The store manager showed the victim the video surveillance in which it showed a subject leave his wallet on the counter near the register. Around 11:08 a.m., an unknown suspect pays for his items and takes the victim's wallet.

If you recognize this suspect, please click on the "Contact Us" box to leave an anonymous web tip or go to www.P3tips.com. You can also call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Theft of Beer, Mulberry
March 21, 2018

On February 13, 2018, deputies responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 7040 Church Avenue North, in Mulberry in reference to a retail theft. An unknown Hispanic male entered the 7-Eleven and left without paying for two cases of Corona beer.

The suspect left the scene in an older model Chevy S10. Detectives believe the suspect's nickname is “Juanito."

Recognize him? Click on the "Contact Us" box to leave an anonymous web tip or call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You can also go to www.P3tips.com.

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Theft from Truck, Circle K, Lakeland
March 21, 2018

t approximately 3:35 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018, the victim parked his truck at a gas pump at the Circle K located at 10704 US Highway 98 North in Lakeland and went into the store; when he returned, his Mammoth cooler was removed from the bed of his truck.

While the victim was inside the store, two white males exited the store and got into a silver Ford truck. The truck drove next to the victim’s truck and the men inside possibly removed the cooler. One white male was described as having trimmed facial hair and wearing an orange hat, a grey shirt, and jeans. The other wore a similar orange hat with a black shirt, and jeans. The subjects possibly live in the area of Rockridge Road in Lakeland.

 

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Battery, Marathon Gas Station , 628 North Wabash, Lakeland
March 21, 2018

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday March 2, 2018, a battery occurred at the Marathon Gas Station located at 628 N Wabash Ave in Lakeland.

The victim was leaving the business when he was struck in the facial area by an unknown black male suspect. The suspect then repeatedly struck the victim against his will. The suspect is possibly driving a gold SUV, and has the letter “N” tattooed on his chest.

If you recognize this suspect, please click on the "Contact Us" box to leave an anonymous web tip.

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Vehicle (RV) Burglary, Sebring
March 21, 2018

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Theft, Walmart, Winter Haven
March 19, 2018

On March 19, 2017 the two below pictured subjected entered Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd.) selecting two memory foam mattresses and a projector (just can't make this stuff up). Yes, they passed all points of sale with NO attempt to pay for the merchandise. Video shows them leaving in a white work van.
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Theft, Walmart, Sebring
March 19, 2018

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Attempted Robbery, Crystal Lake Middle School
March 16, 2018

On Thursday, March 15, 2018 at approximately 0652 hours, a student from Crystal Lake Middle School arrived at the school and was locking up her bicycle when a white male approached her. The suspect tried to rob the victim and grabbed her as she was trying to get away. The victim described the suspect as a white male, 20s or 30s, approximately 6’0” tall, average build, short blonde hair, wearing a brown sweater and navy blue pants.

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Porch Pirate, Agnes Dr, Polk City
March 15, 2018

At approximately 1504 hours, on Monday February 19, 2018, around 3:04 p.m., a theft occurred in the area of Lake Agnes Drive Polk City, FL.

Unknown suspects driving a red Ford Focus with a black front passenger door, are seen stopping in front of the victim’s residence, exiting their vehicle, and removing the victim’s property which was stuck in the fence by a USPS employee.

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Armed Robbery, Advance America, Lakeland
March 14, 2018

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:45 p.m., the suspect pictured below entered the Advance America, located at 1283 Ariana St and committed a robbery. The suspect entered behind an exiting customer. He had a handgun and utilized a strap to tie the victim’s hands. He obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and placed it into a blue Nike drawstring bag, and fled the area by an unknown method.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-40 years old, 6’0, approximately 250 lbs, wearing a dark sweatshirt with hoodie, black pants, white sneakers, and a white Los Angeles Angels baseball cap and surgical mask.

Just prior to the robbery incident, the person of interest (pictured below without a mask) came in and completed a small money order. As he exited the business, the suspect entered. The person of interest is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, shorter than 6’0, 220 lbs, wearing a dark green shirt.

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