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Unsolved Crimes

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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10/1/2014 - Theft, Circle K, 3808 Deeson Rd, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about a Theft that occurred at the Circle K convenience store located at 3808 Deeson Road Lakeland.

On Sunday September 21, 2014, at approximately 12:30 a.m. the suspect entered the Circle K store and went directly to the beer cooler and removed an eighteen pack of beer from the shelf and proceeded to exit without paying. 

The suspect is a white male approximately 5’8 – 6’1 with a muscular build and short brown hair. He was seen wearing glasses, a grey “Old Navy” T-shirt and green cargo shorts. 

The suspect fled on foot in the direction of Lewellyn Road. The suspect is reported to be between 20 and 35 years of age.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Paul Buoniconti at 863.577.1600, or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Submit-A-Tip" tab.

 

Photo: Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about a Theft that occurred at the Circle K convenience store located at 3808 Deeson Road Lakeland.

On Sunday September 21, 2014, at approximately 12:30 a.m. the suspect entered the Circle K store and went directly to the beer cooler and removed an eighteen pack of beer from the shelf and proceeded to exit without paying. 

The suspect is a white male approximately 5’8 – 6’1 with a muscular build and short brown hair. He was seen wearing glasses, a grey “Old Navy” T-shirt and green cargo shorts. 

The suspect fled on foot in the direction of Lewellyn Road. The suspect is reported to be between 20 and 35 years of age.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Paul Buoniconti at 863.577.1600, or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Submit-A-Tip" tab.

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10/1/2014 - Theft, Circle K, 10704 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a retail theft investigation. 

At approximately 10:46 p.m., on Monday, September 22, 2014, a retail theft occurred at the Circle K located at 10704 Hwy 98 North in Lakeland. 

The suspect in the photo, a white male, approximately 20-30 years of age, brown hair, wearing a white/light green button shirt, jeans and black/white sneakers entered the store and removed two 18 packs of Bud Light beer. The suspect left the store passing all points of sale. The suspect was last seen on foot traveling toward Rock Ridge Rd. 
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Lawton at 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200.

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9/30/2014 - Theft, Dollar General Store, 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton Police Department.

Chief Jagniszak LH201 is currently working a retail theft that occurred on 09-25-14 at the Dollar General store located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd (CR 542) Lake Hamilton, FL 33851 Case # 14-09-1184.

The suspect is a white female in her late teens with red/brown long hair the suspect is approx. 120 lbs and approx. 5’7” to 5’10”.

The suspect was with an older white female possibly her mother and a white male teen and a white male child that are possibly her siblings.

If you recognize this person please contact Chief Jagniszak LH201 at jagniszakl@townoflakehamilton.com or at the Lake Hamilton Police Department at 863-439-1561 with any information.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the"Submit-A-Tip" tab.

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9/29/2014 - Theft of Trailers, Haines City and Frostproof area

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Theft investigation in which Utility Trailers have been stolen. 

There have been six trailers reported missing from areas between Haines City and Frostproof, since September 16, 2014. 

The accompanying photo shows one of the trailers stolen.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Rickey Daugherty at 863.678.4115 or 863-298-6200.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTOwww.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install this free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" on the Apple App Store.

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9/24/2014 - Missing Person (Suspicious Circumstance) Lakeland
Polk County Sheriff`s Office, Missing Person.

22 year old Franklin "Frankie" James III is still missing from the Lakeland area. He was last seen on April 12, 2014 at the Walgreens located at 673 US Highway 98 North, in Lakeland. Polk Coun... See More
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. 22-year-old Franklin “Frankie” James, III, has been missing since April 12, 2014, after being dropped off at Walgreens, 6730 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, just before 6:00 pm. 

James’ family told detectives, it is not uncommon for James not to call for several weeks at a time, however, he always calls on special occasions and holidays, such as Father’s Day. 

James is described as being a white male approximately 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. He has numerous tattoos including a blue rose on the left side of his neck, praying hands on his inside right forearm, “Renee” on his inside left forearm, a marijuana leaf on his right arm, a red white and blue cross on his left arm, and a neck tattoo of rosary beads and a cross. James also has several scars on the inside of his forearms and one in the middle of his lower back. 

Detectives have searched the Lakeland area to include homeless shelters to no avail. Please call Heartland Crime Stoppers if you have any information on his whereabouts.

Photo: Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.  22-year-old Franklin “Frankie” James, III, has been missing since April 12, 2014, after being dropped off at Walgreens, 6730 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, just before 6:00 pm. 

James’ family told detectives, it is not uncommon for James not to call for several weeks at a time, however, he always calls on special occasions and holidays, such as Father’s Day. 

James is described as being a white male approximately 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair.  He has numerous tattoos including a blue rose on the left side of his neck, praying hands on his inside right forearm, “Renee” on his inside left forearm,  a marijuana leaf on his right arm, a red white and blue cross on his left arm, and a neck tattoo of rosary beads and a cross. James also has several scars on the inside of his forearms and one in the middle of his lower back. 

Detectives have searched the Lakeland area to include homeless shelters to no avail.  Please call Heartland Crime Stoppers if you have any information on his whereabouts.

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9/24/2014 - Home Invasion/Robbery, Lake Lena Motel, 1802 HWY 92 West, Auburndale

Auburndale Police Department: Robbery/Home Invasion.

On 9/12/14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a robbery home invasion occurred at the Lake Lena Motel, 1802 Hwy 92 West in Auburndale. The victim answered the door and was forced down at gunpoint by two black males wearing all dark clothing with hoodies and armed with small caliber black semi-automatic handguns .

They demanded cash and took $300 from the victim’s person and an additional $2,000 that was hidden inside the room as well as one gold bracelet and one silver bracelet from the victim. 

The victim reported that one of the suspects had a Haitian or Jamaican accent. The suspects were observed arriving at the motel in a dark colored, older model SUV possibly a Ford Bronco. 

If you can help identify these subjects or have any knowledge of this incident, please contact Detective Ryan Astronskas at the Auburndale Police Department at 863-965-5555 ext.277. Auburndale Police case number 14-1951.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Submit-A Tib" tab.

 

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9/24/2014 - Theft, Publix, 1395 6th St NW, Winter Haven
Do you recognize either of these two women? They are seen in surveillance video at Publix (1395 6th St., NW, Winter Haven) loading up two carts of beer and walking out without any attempt to pay. They got into a silver colored four-door sedan.
To remain anonymous and be eligible for a ash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

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9/23/2014 - Theft, Circle K, 7695 SR 60 East, Bartow

Do you recognize this woman? Around 2:30 a.m. on Mon, Sept 22nd, she took $30 worth of car care products off the shelves at the Circle K store located at 7695 SR 60 East in Bartow, and left without paying. She was in a silver Ford Crown Vic. Call PCSO at 863-678-4115 if you have any information - or Heartland Crime Stoppers for a cash reward!!

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9/20/2014 - SOLVED ! Robbery, Dollar General, 4520 US Hwy 92 East, LakelandSOLVED

Do you know this guy? He robbed the Dollar General store at 4520 US Hwy 92 East in Lakeland around 8 pm last evening, Sept 19th. He got a pack of diapers and some other items, went to the counter, pointed a gun at the clerk, stole some stuff, and then fled on foot. He`s described as a thin white male, 5`11", with an unshaven face and dirty blonde hair. He was wearing a black zipped up hooded sweatshirt with a Green Bay Packers logo on the back, khaki cargo shorts, and black shoes. He can be seen here in video surveillance photos.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information about this robbery, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) - remain anonymous, get cash! Or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

 

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9/15/2014 - Stolen Trailer/Motorcycles, Travelodge, 3425 US 98 North, Lakeland

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, there was a grand theft of a trailer with two motorcycles from the Travelodge, 3425 Highway 98 N. 

The trailer was later recovered at a bank on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Bartow Police Department recovered one motorcycle after a black male driving it ran from them and wrecked the motorbike, the black male was able to elude officers. The other motorcycle was recovered after a white male dropped it off running at the Tax Collector Office on N Massachusetts Avenue and got into an SUV and drove away. 

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-17424 Detective Bailey

 

 

 

 

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9/13/2014 - Shootings, Lakeland
First Shooting – September 12, 2014 at 8:45 p.m.

On September 12, 2014, at 8: 45 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several calls of shots fired in the area of 100 Emma Street. Moments later, an off-duty officer working a detail at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) reported a gunshot victim had just been brought to the hospital in a private vehicle. The officer discovered there was blood on the exterior and interior of the vehicle along with several bullet holes. Officers who responded to Emma Street found numerous shell casings in the roadway. 

The victim has been identified as Rashon L. Faniel, 27 years old and he was shot once in the chest. The two subjects in the vehicle that transported the victim to LRMC have been identified as Allan Faniel, 21 years old and Tiquan L. Faniel, 30 years old. Allan Faniel was arrested for Resisting Arrest without Violence after he provided a false name to the investigating officer. Allen Faniel advised he had no knowledge of the shooting and Tiquan Faniel refused to cooperate with detectives. Rashon Faniel was admitted in serious condition and at this time, his condition is unknown.

Victim: Rashon L. Faniel
Address: 7348 Hunters Green Circle. 

Second Shooting – September 13, 5:57 a.m.

On September 13, at 5:57 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of 113 Emma Street. Around that same time, a vehicle dropped off the victim at LRMC and then left prior to anyone making contact with them. The victim has been identified as Devan Williams, 24 years old, and he had been shot once in the chest and was unable to provide a statement. Police responded to the scene on Emma Street and located numerous shell casings in the roadway. They also discovered a house at 113 Emma Street had been shot up. This house is being described as Trap House whereas drugs are sold and other illegal activates occur routinely. 

Several witnesses who heard the guns shots were interviewed by detectives however at this time, no witnesses advised they actually saw the shooting. Devan Williams was admitted in serious condition and at this his condition is unknown. 

Victim: Devan Williams
Address: 1720 Bellgrove Street, Lakeland, Fla. 

Third Shooting – September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

On September 13, at 11:00 a.m., The Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of 800 N. Vermont Avenue in reference to a shooting. The victim has been identified as Edward Charles, 32 years old, and he had been shot once in the chest. Charles was able to say that a vehicle drove by and someone fired 5 or 6 shots in his direction. The vehicle is only described as white 4 door sedan. Numerous shell casings were located in the roadway at Vermont and Parker Street. At this time, no other witnesses have been located and Charles was admitted to LRMC in serious condition. 

Victim: Edward Charles
Address: Unknown at this time

Detectives are still investigating all three shootings and suspect that all three could be related due to the close proximity of the shootings. The Lakeland Police Department has added additional resources to curtail any other possible shootings to include tactical officers throughout the evening assisting patrol. There is no other information at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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9/10/2014 - Credit Card Fraud, Publix, Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Same suspect, different stores: PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in identifying a woman who used a fraudulent credit card at two Publix locations - one in Winter Haven and one in Lakeland.

Around 8:27 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, the suspect seen here in video surveillance used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $100 worth of items, including a Visa gift card and a birthday card, at a Publix located on Cypress Gardens Blvd in Winter Haven.

Around 4:34 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014, the same suspect used a fraudulent credit card to purchase over $100 worth of items, including diapers and a balloon that said "It`s a Boy!" at the Oakbridge Publix store in Lakeland. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female wearing a dark shirt and black pants.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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9/10/2014 - Illegal Dumping, Scenic Hwy, Lake Hamilton

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Environmental Crimes detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Unlawful Dumping investigation.

An unknown suspect or suspects, transporting commercially generated landscaping debris, dumped the material in the Scenic Highway area of Lake Hamilton on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a white, extended cab, Dodge pickup truck with spoked wheels, except for the driver’s side front, which had a black rim. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeff Jones at 863-534-7205 or 863-226-9159.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTOwww.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install this free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" on the Apple App Store.

 

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9/10/2014 - Stolen Vehicle, Lakeland Regional Medical Hospital, Lakeland

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, between the hours of 10:38 a.m. and 3:48 p.m., a vehicle was taken from Lakeland Regional Medical Center, 1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the subject pictured entered Publix at 1905 Highway 60 and stole five 24-pack cases of beer. He then got into the stolen vehicle and fled east on Highway 60.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event # 14-18473 Detective Todd Bailey

 

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9/9/2014 - Robbery, Av M NW, Winter Haven

77 Year-Old man uninjuried in strong armed robbery inside of his home.

On 9-8-14 at 6 p.m., the 77 year-old victim answered a knock at his Ave. M, NW door. A clean-shaven black male in his late 30`s - 40`s asked the victim for money because he ran out of gas. The victim pulled out his wallet and told the suspect that he didn`t have much cash. The suspect then asked the victim for a glass of water.

The suspect followed the victim inside of the residence and when the victim opened the refrigerator with his free hand, the suspect grabbed the wallet from the other hand and fled the residence. Thankfully, the victim was uninjured.

During a canvass of neighbors in the area, one stated that a male fitting the description of the suspect was seen walking northbound along the east alley of the Lakeside Self Storage around earlier inthe day, around 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as 30-40 years of age, 5`10", 250 pounds (stocky build), clean shaven, short hair, was last seen wearing a dark short sleeve shirt and dark shorts past his knees (possibly basketball shorts).

"This suspect took advantage of the kindness this victim," said Chief Charlie Bird. "It should serve as a reminder that no matter what, be cautious in opening the door for anyone you do not know and never allow a stranger inside of your residence."

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Winter Haven Police Detective Shane Ditty at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Photo: 77 Year-Old man uninjuried in strong armed robbery inside of his home.

On 9-8-14 at 6 p.m., the 77 year-old victim answered a knock at his Ave. M, NW door. A clean-shaven black male in his late 30`s - 40`s asked the victim for money because he ran out of gas. The victim pulled out his wallet and told the suspect that he didn`t have much cash.  The suspect then asked the victim for a glass of water.

The suspect followed the victim inside of the residence and when the victim opened the refrigerator with his free hand, the suspect grabbed the wallet from the other hand and fled the residence.  Thankfully, the victim was uninjured.

During a canvass of neighbors in the area, one stated that a male fitting the description of the suspect was seen walking northbound along the east alley of the Lakeside Self Storage around earlier inthe day, around 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as 30-40 years of age, 5`10", 250 pounds (stocky build), clean shaven, short hair, was last seen wearing a dark short sleeve shirt and dark shorts past his knees (possibly basketball shorts).

"This suspect took advantage of the kindness this victim," said Chief Charlie Bird. "It should serve as a reminder that no matter what, be cautious in opening the door for anyone you do not know and never allow a stranger inside of your residence."

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Winter Haven Police Detective Shane Ditty at 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.  Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

 

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