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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Grand Theft, Haines City
January 05, 2020

The Haines City Police Department is looking for the public’s help in locating a man and woman responsible for stealing electronics from a local retailer to the tune of more than $3,500.

The two pictured subjects visited Walmart on U.S. 27 on at least five separate locations, removing devices from high-priced items such as security cameras, thermostats and GPS devices. The two then left the store without paying before leaving in a white Kia Soul.

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) 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. Anonymity is GUARANTEED.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Theft, Haines City
January 04, 2020

 

The Haines City Police Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying a man who deprived Pilot Truck Stop of nearly $250 in merchandise.

The pictured man walked out of the truck stop, located on U.S. 27, on the evening of Dec. 23 without paying for numerous items.

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) 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. Anonymity is GUARANTEED.



Theft of Boat, Ft Meade
January 03, 2020

Polk County Sheriff's Office: Theft of Boat Motor.
On January 2nd 2020 a 22’ Sportsman Platinum boat, motor and trailer were stolen from the area of N Pine Ave and 5th St. NE, Ft. Meade, FL. 33841 by an unknown suspect(s). The boat hull and trailer were later discovered abandoned in the 4000 block of Noralyn Mine Rd Bartow, FL. The motor, a 200 horse power Yamaha and several accessories including a power pole and fishing rods had been removed from the boat. Surveillance video recovered from the area of the theft revealed a gray pickup, possibly a Ford, northbound on North Charleston Ave (Highway 17) with the stolen boat towed behind at approximately 2:51 a.m. If you have information about this theft please contact Det. Mark Walsh with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District General Crimes Unit (863)499-2400.
To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers:
Web: www.P3Tips.com or click on the "Submit A Tip" tab
App: Download the free "p3tips" app.
Call: 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Theft, Dollar Store, Haines City
January 03, 2020

We are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man who left a local dollar store without paying for bed sheets.

The subject pictured entered Dollar General on U.S. 17/92 West after 10 a.m. on Dec. 19. He grabbed two sets of bed sheets, valued at $20 apiece, and left the store without paying.

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) 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. Anonymity is GUARANTEED.

 
 
 
HCPD is looking for a man who shoplifted $40 worth of bed sheets from a local Dollar General.
HCPD is looking for a man who shoplifted $40 worth of bed sheets from a local Dollar General.
HCPD is looking for a man who shoplifted $40 worth of bed sheets from a local Dollar General.
HCPD is looking for a man who shoplifted $40 worth of bed sheets from a local Dollar General.
 


Theft of Mail, North Lakeland
December 30, 2019

On Tuesday, December 17th, multiple mail thefts were reported within Itchepackesassa Creek community in Lakeland, Florida. The image of the suspect vehicle was obtained from a community surveillance camera.

The vehicle appears to be a newer model silver Ford Fusion with no window tint. The description of the occupant(s) are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Coggins at 863-577-1600, or if you wish to remain an...

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Vehicle Burglaries, South Lakeland
December 30, 2019

Car burglars did their illegal thing in the Breckenridge neighborhood in Lakeland (just off Lake Miriam Drive) on Sunday morning, December 29th during the one o’clock hour.

Security video showed three suspects walking through the neighborhood checking for unlocked cars.

One of the burglaries was captured on video in which one of the suspects can be seen busting open a locked glove box to obtain his spoils.

The suspects are believed to be white and in their teens or early 20’s. One of the suspects was wearing an Adidas shirt, while another suspect wore a shirt with the word “Culture” on the sleeve.

If you recognize any of the suspects, or have information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Thomas at 863-499-2400 (reference case #19-59848), or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet. You will always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest. Your information will be forwarded to law enforcement for follow up. If an arrest is made based on your tip, you are eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

 

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Hit and Run Fatality, Lake Wales
December 29, 2019

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating a hit-and-run crash with injuries that occurred in Lake Wales this evening.

Preliminary information so far is as follows:

Around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2019, the victim (a 49-year old male) was walking home southbound along the fog line near the 3800 block on North Scenic Hwy (AKA State Road 17) when he was struck by a 1994-1997 blue or green Honda Accord, according to evidence left behind at the scene.

A nearby resident heard the crash and responded, then contacted law enforcement.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are urged to contact PCSO at 863-298-6200.

Or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.



Homicide, Avon Park
December 29, 2019

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Clayton Van'Derkel of Avon Park.

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Detectives are investigating a homicide on South Avenue A in Avon Park.

The investigation is in the early stages and no details are available for release at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 863-402-7200 or email detectives@highlandssheriff.org. Anonymous tips can be left on the HCSO smartphone app or with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips may be eligible for a cash reward.



Theft, Haines City
December 27, 2019

The Haines City Police Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying a man seen on camera stealing a cellphone from R&R Automotive.

The male pictured walked into the East Hinson Avenue location before 10 a.m. on Dec. 18. After standing at the counter momentarily, the man reached over the unattended counter and grabbed a black Samsung Galaxy, which belonged to an employee.

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) 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. Anonymity is GUARANTEED.



Vehicle Burglary, Poinciana
December 27, 2019

On the evening of Wednesday, December 11th, a silver 2018 Toyota was broken into, and a wallet was removed from it, while the car was parked at the Poinciana Community Park at 5109 Allegheny Road.

The victim said the wallet had been hidden under the front passenger seat and the car was locked. When she returned to her car, she discovered that the front passenger window was broken and the wallet was missing.

Later she discovered that her credit card had been used at a Publix store.

Security video of that transaction at Publix was recovered, and the man who used the card is pictured in the gray shirt and blue jeans.

If you recognize this man or have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Farrell at (863) 236-3638 (reference case #19-57210), or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet. You will always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest. Your information will be forwarded to law enforcement for follow up. If an arrest is made based on your tip, you are eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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