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, Sebring
September 16, 2019



Bikes stolen from Elbert Elementary School, Winter Haven
September 16, 2019

Taking A Bike From An Elementary School Does Not Make One A Man!

On Friday, 9-13-19 a young 9 year-old was ready to get on his bike to head home after school from Elbert Elementary when he got to the corral where bikes are kept and saw his bike was GONE! When video was viewed, a white male, approximately 6 ft tall is seen riding up on a bike (guess one bike isn't enough) and he goes to the corral.
He walks in, selects the boy's blue, white and black Kent 20" Ambush BMX bike and left. He rides the stolen bike and drags the other alongside. Check out the video. Anyone who knows anything about this needs to turn this guy in.
Taking the bike from an elementary school? Tsk Tsk!
(BTW - the boy received the bike in May as his 9th birthday gift)
 
video link: https://business.facebook.com/175433949189901/videos/2330513073930990/.
 

Here are some screen grabs of the suspect who stole 2 bike from Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven. Help us identify this guy!

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Theft of Money, Winter Haven
September 16, 2019

Winter Haven Police Department:
The victim reported on September 2, 2019 at approximately 1:00pm she accidentally left $100 cash at the self-checkout after completing her purchase. A white female, who has not been identified, was in line behind the victim at the register and was observed on video taking the money after the victim walked away. The suspect exited the store and left the parking lot in a silver vehicle. The suspect and suspect’s vehicle are seen in these photographs. Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Lake Wales Police Department Investigations Division at (863) 678-4223 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.
 
 
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Vehicle Burglaries, Turner Oaks
September 13, 2019

Car burglars hit the Mulberry neighborhood of Turner Oaks around 3:40 in the morning of Monday, September 9th.

In the video, you can see a car arrive in the area, and two young men get out and get busy with their chosen vocation---thieving. They go to the first property and flip the door handles.

Locked. Moving on.

At the second house, one of the little crooks tries the passenger side of an SUV and the door opens.

Once inside, he gathers all that he can. And then off into the darkness they go.

 

video link: https://business.facebook.com/polkcountysheriff/videos/367472564187187/

 

We can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your vehicles are locked (and preferably empty of valuables). Inevitably, though, there’s going to be at least one commenter who says that if you don’t lock your cars, you deserve to have it burglarized. But that’s not so. Sometimes you hit a wrong button, or a child gets into your car and doesn’t lock it, or you just simply forget. It happens, but it doesn’t give someone a right to commit burglary and theft. But it is VERY helpful if you get in the habit to always lock up.

We need to identify the little burglars. Perhaps you know one or both, the driver, the car, or have heard some chatter about someone involved.
If you have some helpful information, please contact Detective Walters at 863-499-2400, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.


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Theft of ATVs, Highlands County
September 12, 2019

 
 
 

Sometime between Sept. 1-4, a 2018  John Deere Gator four seater and two 2018 Kawasaki Brute Force 300s were stolen in the County Road 721 area. (The pictures are not of the actual vehicles).

It is believed they may have been taken into Okeechobee County. If you have any information, please contact Det. Fred Tagtmeier at 863-402-7200, leave a tip on our app or with Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppets tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward

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Burglary, Festival Pointe Blvd, Mulberry
September 12, 2019

olk County Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help in identifying a subject involved in a residential burglary case.

On September 3rd, the victim discovered that his daughter's blue & black Kent Street Craze bicycle was missing from their residence located on Festival Pointe Boulevard in Mulberry.

The bike was stolen from inside of the garage.

If anyone can identify this suspect or can provide any information to help solve this crime please contact Detective Bolin at 863-499-2400, or even the identities to these naughty nightcrawlers, please contact Detective Coggins at 863-577-1600, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

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Burglary, Ace Hardware, Mulberry
September 10, 2019

 
 
 
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Burglary was the case on Monday, August 26th at around 4:08 in the morning. It happened at the Ace Hardware store in Mulberry.

Deputies first responded to the business due to a burglar alarm. When they arrived, the alarm was blaring and the burglar was gone.

Here’s what we know: the burglar caused a lot of damage while burgling. From the store’s security video (which we are still waiting to obtain), you can see that the burglar appears to be white. He was wearing camouflage pants, camo hunting hat, and camo mask…but we could still see him. He also appeared to wear latex gloves.

The getaway vehicle may (or may not) be a Ford Expedition, or something similar. It had four wheels…we do know that.

The burglar made off with about fifteen pairs of Costa sunglasses...which we thought was a kind of odd thing to steal…until we learned just how much fifteen pairs of Costa sunglasses are worth.

PERSONAL NOTE: Research how difficult it would be to become a manufacturer of sunglasses.

We’re hoping that someone might recognize our burglar, know something about this crime, or might know someone who oddly has more than a dozen Costa sunglasses.



Vehicle Burglaries, Tangerine Hills and Copper Ridge, Lakeland
September 09, 2019

Car burglars were out in the wee-hours of Friday morning (September 6th) in north Lakeland.

Some residents on Kaitlin Circle (in Tangerine Trails North) and Dunhill Circle (in Copper Ridge) discovered later in the morning that somebody burgled some autos during the dark hours.

As of this time, seven burglaries have been reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies began gathering information and evidence straight away.

Early reports are that a very little amount of property was taken.

Security video captured two suspects sneaking around and attempting (and failing) to get into a locked truck.

One of the suspects can be seen wearing what appears to be gloves and a medical mask.

Detectives continue checking neighborhoods to see if anyone else has available security video that might have also captured these rascals in action.

If you have any information helpful to this investigation, or even the identities to these naughty nightcrawlers, please contact Detective Coggins at 863-577-1600, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward leading to an arrest, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

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Theft, Haines City
August 27, 2019

We are looking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of suspects who left a local chain restaurant without paying on Saturday.

The pictured man and woman left Denny’s, 35649 U.S. 27, without paying their $38 bill. The woman who was accompanied by a child left first. The man followed about a minute later.

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.comto 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 record

 
 
HCPD aims to identify two suspects, who left a local Denny's without paying for their meal.
 

We are looking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of suspects who left a local chain restaurant without paying on Saturday.

The pictured man and woman left Denny’s, 35649 U.S. 27, without paying their $38 bill. The woman who was accompanied by a child left first. The man followed about a minute later.

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.comto 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.

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Robbery/Shoplifting, Lakeland
August 27, 2019

 

 
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Can you help identify these two suspects?

These two females entered a local business on August 10, filled two carts with store merchandise and left without paying. As they were placing the stolen items in their vehicle, they noticed store employees trying to obtain further information. The duo then returned to the store and confronted the employees with pepper spray and began punching them.

The suspects are described as black females in their mid-twenties, 5'3" - 5'6" weighing between 130 and 170 pounds. The women were seen leaving the scene in a white Nissan compact 4-door car with noticeable damage to the trunk/license place, consistent with a rear-end collision.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Laura Robertson via email at laura.robertson@lakelandgov.net or by phone at 863-834-6974.

To remain anonymous, and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida. You can 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.



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