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.

Don't forget to look at our Wanted Suspects, too.

Theft, Circle K, Deeson Rd, Lakeland (2018/01/09)

PCSO deputies are seeking the public's help in a retail theft investigation at a Circle K store on Deeson Road in Lakeland.

 

At approximately 2:32 a.m. on Saturday December 2, 2017, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 3808 Deeson Road in Lakeland. An unknown Hispanic male entered the store and removed several items without paying for them. He then fled in an unknown direction and an unknown vehicle.

If you know who this is, leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers and if your tip results in his arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward!
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)
Web: Click on the "Contact Us" tab on our Facebook page or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com
App: Download the free "P3tips" app to your smart device.

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Robbery , Dollar General, Bartow (2018/01/08)

Bartow PD: Robbery of Dollar General in Bartow

The Bartow Police Department is requesting assistance with identifying the below pictured suspect involved in an armed robbery with a firearm of the Dollar General store located at 1050 Hwy 17 South, Bartow FL.

On 01/06/2018 at 0833 hours, the below pictured suspect entered the Dollar General and approached the clerk who was behind the counter. The suspect brandished a black semi-auto handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’8”-6”, 175-200lbs, wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, white shoes with red markings, and black scarf over his face.

If you have an information as to who this suspect is, leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crimes by calling 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)  or click on the "Give A Tip" tab.

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Hit and Run (Pedestrian) Sebring (2018/01/08)

The Florida Highway Patrol in Highlands County is investigating a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian Friday night.

According to the FHP report, 28-year-old Carlos Roberto Ruiz Gonzalez was walking south on the south shoulder of U.S. 98 near Twitty Road when a car that was headed east ran off the road and hit him.

The car fled the scene, and Gonzalez was unable to give any kind of description. Anyone with any information is asked to call the FHP at 239-938-1800.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Check Fraud, Lake Placid (2018/01/08)

Lake Placid PD: Fraud Suspect.

Do you know who this is? She was trying to pass bad checks at a Lake Placid bank.

Leave an anonymous tip by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Cash Reward if your tip results in her arrest !

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Armed Robbery, Sunoco, West Memorial and Wabash, Lakeland (2018/01/08)

Twas the morning of Christmas (Monday, December 25, 2017 at about 3:13 a.m.), and all through Sunoco, not a creature was stirring, but the clerk was. She was stirring some food for breakfast, when this unknown man walked into the Sunoco gas station and requested a pack of Newport 100s. As she went behind the counter to get them, he slid in behind her, showing a 10" carving knife, and told her to open the cash drawer. This guy was totally not getting into the whole Christmas spirit.

He grabbed the cash from the drawer, spilled the change on the floor (didn't even offer to pick up his mess), and ordered the clerk into the bathroom. He then dashed away...out the front door. 

The good news is that the clerk was not injured. 

The bad news is that our bad guy is still at large, and he never properly introduced himself. Therefore, we would really like it if one of our Facebook fans can identify him. We have an invitation to our jail that we would like to send him.

Here's a really good description of our Bad Guy du jour: Hispanic male, 18-25 years of age, medium build, 5'6" to 5'10", distinct haircut with slashes on the left side, earrings in each ear, slashes in his left eye brow with a piercing, and a tattoo on the left side of his neck that says, "Tc". Not sure what Tc means. Thief creep? Taking cash? Tell cops? 
 
video link:
https://business.facebook.com/polkcountysheriff/videos/10155277585076818/
 
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Arson Investigation, Eloise/Winter Haven area (2018/01/07)

ARSON INVESTIGATION 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations and PCSO are seeking information about 14 intentional fires that have been set since July 2017 in the Eloise area of Winter Haven.

All of the homes where the fires were started, were either abandoned or had the appearance of being abandoned, and were uninhabited at the time. A map with dates and times of the fires can be seen here. If anyone has information about this investigation they are urged to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers.

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Burglary, Lakeland #18-5 (2018/01/05)

Bulletin Number: 18-5
LPD Event #17-25468
Date of Bulletin: 1/5/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify

Incident Date: 12/7/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify this suspect of a theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

If you can identify this suspect please contact Heatland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

 

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Burglary, Lakeland #18-6 (2018/01/05)

Bulletin Number: 18-6
LPD Event #17-25238
Date of Bulletin: 1/5/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify

Incident Date: 12/19/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a burglary that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

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Theft, Lakeland #18-3 (2018/01/04)

Bulletin Number: 18-3
LPD Event #17-25485
Date of Bulletin: 1/4/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify

Incident Date: 12/22/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

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Lakeland, Burglary suspects #18-4 (2018/01/04)

Bulletin Number: 18-4
LPD Event #17-25468
Date of Bulletin: 1/4/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 12/19/2017

Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a burglary that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

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Homicide, 7400 Berkley Rd, Polk City (2018/01/03)

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is conducting a homicide investigation near the 7400 block on Berkley Road in Polk City.

Sheriff Judd briefed the media and preliminary information so far is:

Earlier today, at 1:45 p.m., deputies responded to homicide of an adult male on Berkley Road in Polk City near the 7400 block. Detectives believe two suspects fled the scene driving the victim's blue 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2-door, with a Florida Handicapped license plate Z2SKD. The truck has wooden fence rails, similar to siding, on the back and shiny rims. Attached is a picture from the actual truck from 2015. We believe the truck was travelling East near S.R. 39 and Hopewell Manor Road in Plant City.

If you see this truck, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Do not attempt to interact with these suspects – they are believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this crime who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a $3,000 reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.p3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3Tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses.
#heartlandcrimestoppers

 

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Theft Gators Dockside, Highland City (2018/01/03)

STATUS: OPEN
On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Mr. Sneaky Thief went into the Highlands City Gator's Dockside (5147 Hwy 98 S., Lakeland) around 9:50 a.m. He stole some car keys belonging to one of the employees, located the vehicle in the parking lot (using the remote, no doubt), then removed the victim's purse—which included a wallet, cellphone, various bank and credit cards, and identification. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone!
 
 



Armed Robbery, Lakeland 18-1 (2018/01/03)

Lakeland PD: Armed Robbery

Bulletin Number: 18-1
LPD Event #17-25393
Date of Bulletin: 1/3/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 12/21/2017

Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of an armed robbery that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

If you have any information on this robbery and want to remain anonymous, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). CASH Reward if your tip results in an arrest !

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Theft, Lakeland 18-2 (2018/01/03)

Lakeland PD: Theft Suspects.

Bulletin Number: 18-2
LPD Event #17-25155
Date of Bulletin: 1/3/18
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 12/17/2017

Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a grand theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

If you can identify these suspects please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477),

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Auto Theft, Tire Choice Auto Center, 28919 Hwy 27, Dundee (2017/12/30)

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Polk County Sheriff's Office

Asking for your help on another theft...and this one is bigger than a breadbox.

Friday morning, December 29, 2017, at about 4:00 a.m., this dark blue 2012 Peterbilt Tractor was stolen from Tire Choice Auto Center at 28919 Hwy 27, Dundee. Our semi stealer...wait, that makes it sound like he's not a complete thief...let's try this again. Our Peterbilt purloiner disconnected the truck from the trailer, exited north in the truck, did a U-Turn, then headed south on Hwy 27. The truck in the picture is the actual truck. So please, keep your eyes peeled for this truck. This is only a figure of speech. Please, DO NOT PEEL YOUR EYES!

We are also interested in speaking with the man you see in the picture with the gold or tan SUV. On Thursday (December 28th), this man came to the business, and appeared to be trying to distract an employee who was working on the truck, and looked as though he was checking the truck out. He may be involved in the theft, or he may just be someone who really likes looking at trucks. Our detectives would like to ask him which category he falls into.

The SUV may be a 2000-2006 GMC Yukon or 1999-2001 Cadillac Escalade. Who knows, maybe that's stolen too.



Trespass/Theft suspect, Polk County School Board, E Fern St, Lakeland (2017/12/29)

Does this guy look familiar to anyone? On Thursday morning (December 28, 2017), between 1:20 - 1:35 a.m., this guy jumped the fence surrounding the Polk County School Board property at Main Street and Fern Street in Lakeland. What exactly he was doing there is not quite clear, but we're guessing that he wasn't there to read up on War & Peace. There have been some recent burglaries on school board property, so an educated guess would be that he might have had something to do with those. Perhaps, he needs to be put into detention.
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Theft 12-19-17, Walmart, Lake Wales (2017/12/27)

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Auto Theft, Walmart, Lake Wales (2017/12/27)

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Theft, Walmart, Lake Wales (2017/12/27)

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Theft, Low Ball Louie's, Winter Haven, FL (2017/12/27)

 Do you recognize this suspect? He took packs of Black & Mild cigars from Low Ball Louie's and when the clerk confronted him, he left on a red bike. 
Anyone with information on his identity is asked 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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