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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Carjacking, Hanine City
December 03, 2018

 



Shooting, Avon Park
December 03, 2018

 

AVON PARK -- Highlands County Sheriff’s Office detectives have identified a suspect in a shooting that left two people wounded Sunday, Dec. 2.
Eighteen-year-old Daniel Luis Galarza is being sought for questioning about his involvement in the shooting, which took place about 5:20 p.m. at 1016 Marble Ave. in Avon Park. Detectives say that Galarza was the one who pulled the trigger.

The shooting injured a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old male. Both were taken by private vehicle to Florida Hospital in Sebring. The juvenile was then transported to a trauma center for further treatment. Neither victims’ wounds were life-threatening.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 863-402-7250 or email detectives@highlandssheriff.org. Anonymous tips can be left with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips are eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Anonymous tips can also be left through the HCSO’s smartphone app, available for free for both iPhone and Android devices.



Burglary, All Zone AC
November 30, 2018

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s help in solving a business burglary and a grand theft.

At approximately 1:00 am, on Tuesday, October, 30, 2018, an unknown male, driving what appears to be an older model Ford van, backed into the business of All-Zone Air Conditioning. While there, he entered two of the business’ work vans. The suspect removed numerous tools and air conditioning parts valued at approximately $8,000.

The suspect is described as a thin White or Hispanic male. The vehicle appears to be a 2000-2006 white Ford Econo Van.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective S. Galstad at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200, or to remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

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Theft of Purse, WaWa, Winter Haven
November 29, 2018

 

We always want you to lock your car doors because people like this guy can't keep their hands off of things that aren't theirs.
This guy parked next to a vehicle at WaWa on Nov. 22 and saw a purse in the front seat. He decided to take the purse. We tracked the cell phone to Walmart at 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and located it in a trash can. (The purse and remaining contents were not located) Reviewing video at that time frame and look who walks in!
Do you recognize him? In the post below, you'll see the video.
If you recognize him, please call Detective Nguyen at 863-401-2256. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed and callers could be eligible for a CASH reward.
 


Theft, Lowes, Winter Haven
November 28, 2018

Taking expensive Craftsman Equipment at Christmas? Bah Humbug!
The guy in the video walked into Lowes on Nov. 21 and selected a Craftsman Pressure Washer and Craftsman Inverter (to the tune of $1,148) and walked out without any attempt to pay. A Lowes associate was able to snap a picture of the vehicle he was loading up in.
Recognize him? Call Det. Rivera at 863-401-2256 or anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a CASH reward.
 
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Theft, Wal Mart, Mulberry
November 27, 2018

The detective assigned to this retail theft at the Mulberry Walmart needs help identifying the three suspects involved.

Here’s what happened…

On Monday, November 19th, at about 2:05 A.M., these three teens/young men walked into Wally World and illegally downloaded two HP computers into a shopping cart, and left the store without paying for them.

They were seen leaving the parking lot in an unknown make and model black SUV or van.

They probably didn’t even give “thanks” for the ill-gotten goods on Thanksgiving.

If you recognize the Laptop Larcenists, please contact Detective Wright at 863-499-2400, or if you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

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Vehicle Burglaries, Heron Place, Highland City
November 25, 2018

Polk County Sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in a vehicle burglary trend in the Heron Place neighborhood off of Clubhouse Road in the Highland City area of Lakeland.

Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st, and 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 22nd, unknown suspects went through the area, checking car handles and opening unlocked car doors and stealing items from within. A possible suspect vehicle is a white or light-colored SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer.

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Shooting, Avon Park
November 24, 2018

LAKE PLACID -- Highlands County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking information about a shooting that sent two men to the hospital early Saturday morning.

Deputies responded to Highway Park Liquors at 4:04 a.m. after 911 calls about the shooting, which took place in an empty lot behind the business. When they arrived, they found victims Tavaris James and Robert Willis. James immediately got into a private vehicle, which took him to the Florida Hospital Lake Placid, while Willis was transported by ambulance.

James had multiple wounds to his abdomen and lower body and was taken to Tampa General Hospital via ambulance. Willis, who was shot in the leg, was flown to Lee Memorial for treatment of his wound.

Several people on the scene gave information to responding deputies about a suspect vehicle, a grey car that fled north on U.S. 27, but left before giving deputies their contact information.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Bradley Freimuth at 863-402-7250 or detectives@highlandssheriff.org. Anonymous tips can be left with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips are eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Anonymous tips can also be left through the HCSO’s smartphone app, available for free for both iPhone and Android devices.



Gas Pump Skimmers, Avon Park
November 20, 2018

This truck has been identified as a vehicle of interest in the placement and attempted placement of skimmers in gas pumps in the Avon Park area. It appears to be a blue in color Dodge truck with a large dent behind the cab on the passenger side. It also has stickers in the back window, one on the left and one on the lower right side corner.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has checked every gas pump in the county and has located only one skimmer at the Citgo at Allamanda and US 27 north of Avon Park. We want to thank the management at that location for immediately contacting us when they found that their pump had been tampered with.

If anyone has any information about this vehicle, please contact Det. Du’Wayne Kelly at 863-402-7250 or detectives@highlandssheriff.org. You can also leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips can be eligible for a cash reward.



Vehicle Burglaries, Summer Glenn area of Winter Haven
November 20, 2018

Polk County SO: Flippers!
Polk County Sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in identifying a group of suspects who broke into multiple vehicles in the Summer Glen subdivision in Winter Haven, just off of Winter Lake Road. In all, 8 vehicles were burglarized, during which two firearms were stolen.

The burglaries occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Four suspects were seen, and they were driving a white Nissan Altima that was identified and determined to be stolen out of Hillsborough County.

Other vehicles in the Lakeland area were burglarized the same evening - a white car was also seen in that area.