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.

Grand Theft, Dick's SportingGood, Davenport (2017/09/22)

On September 15, 2017, around 3:53 p.m., three suspects entered the Dick's Sporting Goods store located at 1300 Posner Park Blvd in Davenport. The suspects removed 14 Garmin Watches valued at $3,200. The suspects fled in an unknown vehicle. The suspects are described as: 

Suspect 1: Hispanic female, approximately 40 years old, wearing a teal dress with a flower pattern on the bottom, and sunglasses. 

Suspect 2: Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, wearing a yellow shirt and khaki pants. 

Suspect 3: Hispanic male, wearing a white shirt. 

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Burglary, Manor Circle, Sebring (2017/09/22)

Do you recognize either of these men? They are the suspects in a July 24 burglary to a home on Manor Circle in Sebring, where they stole two video game systems and a roll of lottery tickets. Anyone who has any information about this case should call 863-402-7250 or email detectives@highlandssheriff.org or leave a tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS 
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Burglary, Harvest Meat Market, Auburndale (2017/09/21)

STATUS: OPEN

urglarized the Harvest Meat Market located on 1095 Berkley Road in Auburndale. The suspect broke through two double doors that were secured by a metal bar. Once he got inside, he went straight to the cash register. The suspect removed items from under the registers and stole cash.

The suspect is described as a white male with facial hair (thin beard) and was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a dark shirt, long dark pants, and dark shoes.

If you have any information about this suspect please contact Detective VanLeue at 863-297-1108 or 863-298-6200.

Anyone with information who wants to remain ANONYMOUS and to be eligible for a CASH reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226- TIPS or log on to 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!

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Robbery, Family Dollar, 101 US 27 North, Avon Prk (2017/09/21)

AVON PARK -- Detectives are looking for a man who robbed the Family Dollar at 101 U.S. 27 North in Avon Park Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect -- described as a black male in mid-20s or mid-30s, around 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds and wearing black pants, a black shirt and a white Miami Hurricanes cap -- entered the store around 2:45 p.m. and approached the only employee on duty from behind, pressing a knife to his neck and ordering him to open the cash registers.

The employee did as ordered and the suspect, who covered his face with a dark blue shirt, took the cash and fled out the door. He left the area in a gold or tan Chevy Trailblazer (the 1997-2006 body style) headed west on Locke Street.

Anyone who has any information about this case should call 863-402-7250 or email detectives@highlandssheriff.org or leave a tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips are eligible for a cash reward.

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Theft, Winn-Dixie, Dundee (2017/09/20)

On September 16, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a woman (victim) was shopping at the Winn Dixie located at 243 US – 27 in Dundee. While checking out, she accidently dropped $400 in cash from her purse. She completed her transaction and left the store. Shortly thereafter she realized she lost the money from her purse.

Detectives reviewed the store’s video surveillance and saw an unknown Hispanic female (suspect), who was standing behind the victim while she was checking out. The video shows the suspect reach down and pick up the victim’s money and placed it into her purse. The suspect checked out at the register and left with two unknown Hispanic males. The three suspects exited the parking lot in a dark 4-door vehicle.

Anyone having additional information about this incident or who can identify the suspect or vehicle please contact Detective Foster at 863-438-9540 or 863-298-6200.

Anyone with information who wants to remain ANONYMOUS and to be eligible for a CASH reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226- TIPS or log on to 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!

 

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Theft, Lakeland 17-101 (2017/09/20)

Theft suspects. If you know who any of these suspects are, leave anonymous with Crime Stoppers . Call 1-800-226-TIPS(8477)

Bulletin Number: 17-101
LPD Event #17-18309
Date of Bulletin: 9/20/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 9/5/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

You CAN do something about Crime.
You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information.
You WILL remain completely anonymous.

Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Theft, Lakeland 17-100 (2017/09/20)

These are suspects in a theft from Lakeland. If you know who they are leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers and eligible for a cash reward if your tip results in their arrest. 1-800-226-TIPS(8477)

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-100
LPD Event #17-16765
Date of Bulletin: 9/20/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/18/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

You CAN do something about Crime.
You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information.
You WILL remain completely anonymous.

Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Burglary, Lakeland 17-99 (2017/09/20)

These guys competed a burglary in Lakeland. If you know who they are, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477)

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-99
LPD Event #17-17126
Date of Bulletin: 9/20/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/24/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a burglary that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida.

You CAN do something about Crime.
You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information.
You WILL remain completely anonymous.

Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Fraud, Lakeland 17-98 (2017/09/20)

 Can you help identify these Fraud suspects? Leave an anonymous tip by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-98
LPD Event #17-18632
Date of Bulletin: 9/8/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 9/15/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a fraud 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)
You CAN do something about Crime.
You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information.
You WILL remain completely anonymous.

Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Theft, Lakeland 17-97 (2017/09/20)

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-97
LPD Event #17-18852
Date of Bulletin: 9/8/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/18/2017
Lakeland Police need to identify these suspects of a 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)

You CAN do something about Crime.
You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information.
You WILL remain completely anonymous.

Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Scam! PolkCounty (2017/09/20)

- we have good photos, and good suspect descriptions, and we really need your help to ID these suspects who are scamming our elderly residents!

First and foremost - we need to warn you about this scam. Secondly- we need to know if there are any other victims out there. 
Third - we need YOUR HELP to identify these suspects & put them in jail before they scam anyone else. 

On August 29th, a Hispanic female suspect - described as in her 40s, 5'5" tall, slim, with an accent - approached the elderly victim at the Posner Park shopping center in Davenport, holding a lottery ticket. The suspect told the victim that she had won $30,000 but needed $3,000 cash to claim the prize - she convinced the victim to go to the bank and withdraw the cash. The suspect's accomplice, a Hispanic male in his 40s, drove the victim & the female suspect to the victim's bank in this Toyota Corolla. 

After the victim gave them the cash, the female suspect said she had a headache & needed the victim to go inside a store & buy some Tylenol. When the victim came outside, both suspects were gone, with her cash. 

Today (Sept 20th) the same pair did the same scam. This time, the female suspect approached the victim while she was walking to a bus stop. The suspect said she had a winning lottery ticket for $500,000, but she couldn't claim it because she was an "illegal immigrant." The suspect told the victim she would sell her the ticket for several thousand dollars. Together, the pair convinced the victim to drive around with them in the silver SUV (second photo) retrieving cash and jewelry.

Once the victim handed over the cash & jewelry, the female suspect said she had a headache, and convinced the victim to go inside a store & get her some Tylenol. When the victim came back outside, they were gone, along with her cash & jewels. 

This time we got the male suspect on video surveillance (second photo). He's about 5'10" tall, 250 lbs., with salt-and-pepper hair, black jeans, and a black-and-white checked shirt. Do you know who he is?
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Attempted Burglary, Max Pawn, 646 N Combee Rd, Lakeland (2017/09/19)

On September 10, 2017, at approximately 11:04 p.m., a suspect attempted to burglarize the Max Pay Pawn Shop located at 646 North Combee Road, in Lakeland. A witness observed the suspect with a sledgehammer walking towards the business, and heard glass breaking. The suspect was not able to gain entry due to burglar-bars.

Security video shows a male suspect hitting the door with a sledgehammer, and attempting to pry open the door, before fleeing on foot.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows anything about this incident is asked to contact Detective Berganza at 863-499-2400 or at 863-298-6200.

Anyone with information who wants to remain ANONYMOUS and to be eligible for a CASH reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226- TIPS or log on to 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!

Video Link:  https://business.facebook.com/polkcountysheriff/videos/10155023366311818/

 


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Circle K, 4950 Hwy 92 East, Lakeland (2017/09/19)

Check out this video, do you know who this suspect is? On Monday, September 11, 2017, around 2:15 a.m., this suspect went to the Circle K. located on 4950 Hwy 92 E. in Lakeland. He stole approximately $1200 worth of cigarettes (and a Mountain Dew, because, why not - you're already stealing stuff - SMH). Detectives believe this suspect is a white male, wearing a mask, dark hoodie, brown shorts, and slides.

If you have any information about the identity of this suspect please call Detective Wright at 863-298-6200, or email her at DWright@polksheriff.org.

Anyone with information who wants to remain ANONYMOUS and to be eligible for a CASH reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226- TIPS or log on to 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!

Video Link:  https://business.facebook.com/polkcountysheriff/videos/10155023353141818/

 



Death Investigation, 8060 Hwy 33 North, Lakeland (2017/09/18)

Lakeland PD: Suspicious Death.

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 at approximately 8:35am Lakeland Police Officers responded to 8060 Highway 33 North in reference to a body found at a construction area. The victim was discovered by a construction team member who was driving a piece of equipment over to the area to retrieve the first load of dirt for the day at approximately 8:15am. He immediately spotted the body and notified the on-site manager who then contacted 911.
Detectives and members of the Crime Scene Unit were able to identify the victim, Miqueas Rodriguez-Gonzalez, age 40, using fingerprints. Gonzalez had been released from prison just thirteen days prior on September 1. In April of 2016 Gonzalez was arrested for possession of Heroin within 1000 feet of a church.

Anyone with information related to the case who wants to remain anonymous is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477)

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Burglary, Taco Stand, Lake Hamilton (2017/09/06)

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TheftLakeland 17-95 (2017/09/02)

Bulletin Number: 17-95
LPD Event #17-17391
Date of Bulletin: 8/31/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/27/2017

If you can identify these suspects please contact Heartland Crime Stoppersat 1-800-226 TIPS(8477).

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Theft,Lakeland 17-94 (2017/09/02)

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

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-94
LPD Event #17-17412 
Date of Bulletin: 8/31/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/27/2017
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If you can identify these suspects please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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Robbery, Lakeland 17-93 (2017/09/02)

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

CRIME STOPPERS BULLETIN
Bulletin Number: 17-93
LPD Event #17-17197 
Date of Bulletin: 8/31/17
Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify
Incident Date: 8/24/2017

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

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Skimmers on Bank ATM, Haines City (2017/08/31)

*ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY*
On 08/31/2017, the Haines City Police Department was notified by Citizens Bank & Trust about a skimming device being placed on the drive-thru Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) on 08/19/2017 – 08/21/2017. During this time, over 40 cards were compromised, consisting of only Citizen Bank & Trust customers. The suspect that is observed in the “BLACKWATCH” shirt appeared to have both arms heavily tattooed. On the right forearm, it appears to be a tattoo of the Virgin Mary. If you know who either of these subjects are, please contact us immediately.
 
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Skimmer on Bank ATM, Lake Wales (2017/08/31)

Lake Wales PD: Skimmer placed on Bank ATM. Check out the pics of the suspects. Help us get an ID on them. Call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

On August 30, 2017 Citizen’s Bank reported an ATM skimming device had been installed on the ATM at their branch located at 23725 US27 in Lake Wales. The bank became aware there was an issue after they were contacted by clients reporting fraudulent activity on their accounts. Citizen’s bank immediately began looking into the reports of fraud anddiscovered two suspects had placed a skimming device in their ATM on August 25th at approximately 8:30am. The video from the ATM shows the two suspects taking part in installing the device. As seen in the video the device is a slim sleeve which slid into the card slot and the suspects then fastened or tightened it with tools. The video shows the same two suspects return to the ATM on August 27th at approximately 10:13pm to remove the device. Detective Aubrey Davis is working with the staff of Citizen’s Bank to determine the number of victims and to recover any evidence the suspects may have left behind. It is likely this skimming device collected personal banking information from numerous people over the course of the weekend. The Lake Wales Police Department encourages everyone to regularly check their bank statements and report any suspicious activity to your bank and local law enforcement. The video from the ATM captures very good footage of the suspects while they are installing and removing the device. If anyone recognizes these suspects please contact Detective Aubrey Davis at (863) 678-4223 extension 276 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

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