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.

Armed Robbery, Bartow
August 10, 2018

Bartow Police Department: Do you recognize this armed robbery suspect?

Bartow PD is hoping you can help identify this suspect in armed robbery that occurred on 08/09/18 in Bartow.

If you know who it is, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward by contacting Heartland Crime Stoppers:

Web: or click on the "Contact Us" tab on
our Facebook page or web site

App: Download the free "p3tips" app

Phone: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Tjheft, WalMart, Winter Haven
August 09, 2018

Winter Haven Police Department

In this episode of Walmart shenanigans, we feature a dude who can't keep his pants up.
On 8-8-18, our star in the video entered Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd.) and selected Tide Pods, Steak and Heineken beer. (We won't go there) He left in a gold Ford Escape. (We're pretty sure this isn't his first rodeo) 
Check out his feature film and if you recognize him, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eleigible for a CASH reward.

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Theft of Baby Formula, Save A Lot, Frostproof
August 09, 2018

Baby formula theft is back, baby! There have been many of these types of thefts across central Florida, including some in good ol’ Poke County, and we are none too happy about it!

One such instance happened on July 27th, at the Save A Lot store in Frostproof. Two women came into the store and began concealing 12.4 oz cans of Enfamil Gentlease, stuffing whatever they could into bags and their clothes. The women left the store, without paying of course, and got into an unknown make and model four-door…dark in color.

In all, they managed to take about eleven containers. That’s taking the whole “save a lot” thing too literal.

The detective on this case would really to solve this one, so please…for his sake, won’t you help identify these two women? The driver of the vehicle is described as a black female, and approximately 20-30 years old. The passenger is described as a lighter complected black female with red hair and glasses.

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Armed Robbery, ATA Stereo, Bartow
August 09, 2018

Bartow Police Department: Armed Robbery of ATA Stereo

Last Friday, August 3, 2018 at approximately 6:55 PM, an armed robbery occurred at ATA Stereo,1256 North Broadway Ave in Bartow. Two subjects dressed in dark clothing, with masks over their faces, entered the store armed with black handguns. They demanded cash from the employee. After the suspects obtained the cash, they fled the area in a white four door sedan. One suspect appears to be a white male, while the other appears to be a black male. If you have any information on this case, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), To leave an anonymous web tip, go to or click on the "Contact Us" tab on this page.

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Hit and Run with Serious Injury, Davenport
August 08, 2018

A paralyzed Davenport man was left with two broken legs after a vehicle hit him as he traveled in his motorized wheelchair along U.S. 17-92 in the early morning hours Saturday.

Investigators say 38-year-old Jason Samuel Ray had been visiting with friends at the Moose Lodge, which he frequently does, and headed for his home several miles away about 1:30 a.m. He was traveling in the bike lane of the busy highway when investigators say an unknown vehicle entered the bike lane 170 feet before hitting Ray and remained at least partially in the bike lane for another 62 feet.

Ray was thrown in his wheelchair about 10 feet from the road, into the unpaved shoulder of U.S. 17-92. The driver of the unknown vehicle did not stop to help Ray and continued traveling northbound on U.S. 17-92 and fled the scene of the accident.

Kener Orlando Rivera Arzola told deputies that he did not witness the actual traffic crash, but saw Ray waving his arms in attempts to get the attention of oncoming vehicles while lying on the shoulder of the road. He stopped, helped Ray and called 911.

Responding Polk County Paramedics advised that there was no way of telling how severe Ray’s injuries were because he has no feeling from his chest down. Ray was rushed to Heart of Florida Hospital in Haines City, where X-rays revealed he had suffered a bilateral tibia fracture to both legs.

Theft of Bike, Bonny Shores Dr, Lakeland
August 08, 2018

Turning to our posse of Fans for some assistance! Please help our detective identify this thief! Until we have a name, we shall refer to him as “Camo Cletus.”

Here’s the scoop on Camo Cletus. On August 7th, Jodie from Bonnny Shores Drive in Lakeland, discovered that someone stole her bicycle. Obviously, it’s nothing compared to discovering something like the new world, or a vaccine for polio, but for Jodie, it was still a big discovery. It’s a black DBX RESONANCE bicycle, and it’s valued at $129.

Security video obtained from nearby shows Camo Cletus walking past, on his way to commit his dirty deed. Then the camera captured him walking by again, this time with his brand new stolen bicycle. Now WE’D like to capture him, return the bike to Jodie, and swap Cletus’ camo for solid orange.

If you think you know the true identity of Camo Cletus, or have some other helpful information, please contact Detective Holley at 863-499-2400, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

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Vehicle Burglaries/Credit Card Fraud, Carlton Arms, Lakeland
August 08, 2018

Polk County SO: Suspects in vehicle burglaries at Carlton Arms in South Lakeland.

Two young men burgled a car in Carlton Arms of South Lakeland last month, and made off with some credit cards, which they put to immediate use.

One of the guys looks like he’s wearing pajama bottoms and the other is wearing a shirt with “New Money” on it.

We also have photos of the two vehicles they used…a white Ford Crown Victoria and a grayish Pontiac.

If you have any information that might be helpful, please contact Detective Sinclair at 863-499-2400, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

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Attempted Robbery, Race Trac, 6650 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland
August 08, 2018

Polk County Sheriff's deputies are seeking information about an attempted armed robbery that occurred on August 5, 2018, at the Race Trac gas station located at 6650 US Hwy 98 North in Lakeland.

Around 9:40 p.m., the suspect put $5.00 worth of gas into his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, then went inside and wrote a note to the clerk, demanding money and implying that he had a firearm.

Video surveillance photos of the suspect can be seen here. He is described as a white male in his 50s, between 5'9" and 6' tall, wearing a sleeveless denim shirt with writing on the back "Tomahawk Fall Ride WI." There is an image of the grim reaper on it as well. He was also wearing a white bandanna around his neck, dark pants, and brown work boots with a spur on the right heel. The motorcycle is orange and black.

If anyone has information about this, they are urged to contact Detective Escheu at 863-298-6379.

Or to remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226 TIPS (8477); visit the website by clicking on "Submit A Tip" tab; or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

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Theft of Wallet, Circle K, Lake Hamilton
August 03, 2018

Lake Hamilton PD: Theft of wallet.

Recognize this guy? He is a suspect in the January 13, 2018 theft of a wallet from the Circle K, 207 Scenic Hwy in Lake Hamilton.

You can leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or to leave a web tip, go to or click on the "Contact Us" tab.

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Theft, 7-Eleven, 290 Lakeland Park Boulevard, Lakeland
August 03, 2018

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Theft Suspect

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at approximately 4:45 pm, the suspect pictured below entered the 7-Eleven Store, located at 290 Lakeland Park Boulevard, and waited in line to purchase items. The suspect requested four $30.00 Lottery tickets and a pack of Swisher Cigars. After the cashier swiped the items and provided a total, the suspect unlawfully and intentionally removed the lottery tickets from the store clerk’s hand, picked up the Swisher Cigars, and fled out of the store.

The suspect is 30 to 40 years of age, approximately 5’9”, slender build and clean shaven. The suspect was wearing a ‘in memory of’ t-shirt of a female and wearing a white fisherman style hat. The suspect entered into the passenger seat of a black, compact 4-door car with tinted windows and fled towards Lakeland Hills Boulevard.

Burglary Suspect, Polk County
August 03, 2018

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are trying to identify the man in this picture. He is the suspect is some recent criminal activity.

Between July 17th, 2018 at 7:30pm and July 18th, 2018 at 6:00am, this suspect committed multiple burglaries in the area of Brandy Chase, Winter Haven. If anyone knows this person, please call Det. Kinsey 297-1111, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

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Attempted Burglary, FacilDeal Auto Dealer, Haines City
August 02, 2018

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On 07/29/18 and 07/30/18 the subject pictured below attempted to break into the FacilDeal auto dealer in Haines City.

On the first incident, he was seen with a red shirt with a white number 21 on it, which is wrapped around his head; a white tank top and red shorts with white stripes on the side; and black socks and green slides. The suspect breached the fenced-in area and he did not damage or steal any property according to the owner, but was possibly "casing" the business.

During the second incident, the suspect can be seen wearing a black hoodie with a white “The North Face” logo on the back right shoulder blade. This time, he smashed the window to the sales office, causing approximately $1000.00 in damage. Because the alarm went off, he seemed to be scared off and fled the area.

Hit and Run Fatality, Galloway Rd, Lakeland
August 02, 2018

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Polk County Sheriff's Office looking for two hit-and-run suspects with Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida.



UPDATE: (3:56 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018): 20-year-old Corey Wesley Jones of Lakeland has been arrested--he is the driver of the first vehicle that struck the motor scooter being operated by Kelli Black this morning. Jones has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and reckless driving with serious bodily injury.

UPDATE: (4:08 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018) The deceased female victim from this morning's hit-and-run crash is 40-year-old Ms. Kelli Marie Black of Polk City. Our hearts and prayers are with Ms. Black's family and friends.)

PCSO Traffic homicide investigators are seeking information about two vehicles and drivers who left the scene of a traffic crash this morning.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. this morning an unidentified female was riding an unregistered scooter north bound on Galloway Road approximately 400 to 500 feet south of Kathleen Road, just past the railroad tracks. An unidentified vehicle struck the woman and scooter and fled the scene. The woman was injured as a result of the crash.

A Good Samaritan, 20-year-old Kalen Lawson of Ft. Hood, Texas, who is an active duty member of the U.S. Army, stopped to render aid. As he was rendering aid, another vehicle travelling northbound on Galloway hit and struck Mr. Lawson and the original crash victim. The truck is described as most likely a white/light colored Ford F-150 pick-up truck, but possibly another make/model pick-up truck.

Mr. Lawson was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with a serious leg injury; he is expected to recover from his injuries.

The original unidentified victim was run over by the 2nd hit-and-run white pick-up truck and died at the scene.

Stolen Trailer, Knight's of Columbus Hall, Haines City
August 01, 2018

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Haines City Police Department

On 07/20/2018, the below-pictured 2018 Freedom Trailer bearing Florida license plate number 9191VM, was reported stolen from the the Knights of Columbus in Haines City. There are no markings on the trailer; however, it is white in color. Please contact us if you know the whereabouts of this trailer or this suspect vehicle.

Theft of Cell Phone, Mulberry
August 01, 2018

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On July 27th,at the Shell Gas Station at 104 Church Avenue North in Mulberry, a man was cleaning up some ice that he spilled on the floor. He had set his iPhone 8 Plus on a table as he cleaned. And then it happened…SWOOSH! the cell phone was gone, but how?

A check of security video revealed that Nestor the Ninja came into the store, walked by the table, grabbed the phone, and left.

Suspect was wearing a bright orange ball cape, a white tank tee shirt, and leopard print pants. 

In the photos taken from the security video, you can see that the suspect was travelling with another man in a tan pickup truck. We should point out that the other man may not have any idea that his companion stole a phone

Polk County :Unsolved Cold Case Homicides
July 27, 2018

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#DYK Since June 2008, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit has solved 100% of the homicides investigated by PCSO - which includes any homicides that occurred in unincorporated Polk County. The PCSO Cold Case Unit is still diligently working on clearing the homicides that occurred in our jurisdiction prior to 2008. The oldest cold case dates back to 1961.

We need YOUR HELP to solve these case and bring justice to these victims' families.

ALL of our cold cases can be found here on our Facebook page in the "Cold Case Homicides" section, and on our website:…/polk-coun…/cold-case-homicides/

On August 1, 1978, at around 2:00 a.m., Elizabeth Batchelor's 1976 Ford pick-up truck was found on Cass Road in Lake Alfred. It had apparently crashed into a tree and caught on fire. Elizabeth's badly charred remains were discovered within the vehicle. Based on her autopsy, it is believed that she was most likely dead before the fire began.

15-year-old Jeanifer Weldon was reported missing on September 21, 1987, after she failed to return home from a friend’s house. She was last seen near a carnival at US Hwy 98 North and Daughtry Road in Lakeland, walking northbound on US 98 in the area of Shadow Drive. Her body was found on October 2, 1987, on Gardiner Mine property near Bowling Green Road in Fort Meade. The cause of death is possibly strangulation.

On October 31, 1981, at approximately 5:45 a.m., 13-year-old Tina Marie Janose was found underneath the I-4 overpass at Mt. Olive Road in Polk City. She was abducted during the night from her residence in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven. She had been sexually battered, strangled, and thrown off the overpass.

Burglary, Xtreme Wireless, Winter Haven
July 27, 2018

On 7-21-18, three people busted out the front glass of Xtreme Wireless, located at 507 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Once inside, they smashed display cases and took more than $1700 worth of cell phones.
They were in and out of the store in less than 60 seconds.All three were completely covered including their faces.
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Theft, Walmart
July 25, 2018

The guy in the video entered Walmart (355 Cypress Gardens Blvd) and took a bag from a register. 
He proceeded to the men's and ladies departments choosing clothing items and placed them in the bag. Prior to leaving (without paying) he did a shameless plug to the British Band "Dead or Alive" dancing in the aisle. (Well not really, but it seemed to fit) 
Anyway, he left in a silver 2014 Dodge Journey with a dent in the passenger door and the window covered in plastic.

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Burglary/Credit Card Fraud, Walgreens
July 25, 2018

The suspect shown in the video fraudulently used a victim’s credit card at Walgreens, after it was taken in a previous vehicle burglary on May 21st.

The suspect appears to have a tattoo on the outside of her lower right leg and possibly traveling in a newer model white Hyundai Santa Fe.


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Theft, Haines City
July 25, 2018


On July 16, 2018 the two subjects pictured below committed a grand theft at a restaurant in Haines City; at that time, they backed a homemade trailer into the rear of the business and removed a freestanding, 3-compartment stainless steel sink valued around $800.

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