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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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6/13/2017 - Cattle Rustling, Lakeland

Polk County SO: Cattle Rustling is still theft.

Polk County Sheriff`s Office

In May 2017, the following cows went missing from the pasture located at West Bella Vista Street and Walker Road in Lakeland: three black cows, two black calves, one red cow, and two brown calves. The total value of the missing cows is $7,200.

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6/9/2017 - Theft, Home Depots, Polk County

Polk County SO: Detectives are trying to identify this suspect, who has stolen merchandise valued at $4,691 at several Home Depots throughout Polk County on May 22, 23, 25, and June 8, 2017. This suspect is a black male, early 20’s, approximately 5’08”, and 150lbs. He and another suspect (who has been arrested), may have been driving a silver 2016 Toyota Corolla with a Florida tag 833-8JV.
If you have any information about the whereabouts or the identity of this suspect please contact Detective Goodlet at 863-307-5618 or 863-298-6200. If you’d like to remain anonymous please call 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!

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6/9/2017 - Theft of Cell Phone, Sunoco, Dundee

Nobody likes a thief! We`ve all accidentally left our phone laying somewhere - that doesn`t mean it`s someone else`s for the taking.

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Check out the guy in this video, wearing the black ball cap, white T-shirt, and black shorts. He sees a phone laying on the counter by the drinks at the Sunoco in Dundee, he walks away....then he walks back and steals it. He looks around several times to see if anyone notices. Then he pays for his drink, and leaves.

Do you recognize this suspect? The theft occurred around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Sunoco, 4033 Dundee Rd.

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6/9/2017 - Auto Theft, 2844 Blackwater Creek Dr, Lakeland

Around 2:34 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017, a silver Jeep Renegade with NC tag EBR1476 was stolen from 2844 Blackwater Creek Drive in Lakeland.

This is the second vehicle theft in that area.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black male approximately 15 to 19 years old, wearing a light colored long sleeved T-shirt with light colored pants, and white and black Nike Jordan shoes. The suspect has a thin build, is approximately 5’9 to 6’0 in height, and has an afro.

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6/6/2017 - Persons of Interest in Missing Persons Case, Foul Play Suspected

Highlands County SO: Two sought for questioning in brothers’ disappearance

AVON PARK -- Highlands County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for two men in connection with the suspicious disappearance of two brothers last month.

Edgar Diaz Cabana, 24, and Martin Diaz Cabana, 19, were last seen at their residence at 3464 West Chelsia Road in Avon Park at approximately 10 p.m. on May 27. The two were scheduled to leave the state on June 5. Attempts to contact the brothers via their cellular phone have been unsuccessful. The disappearance is being treated as suspicious in nature.

Two persons of interest are being sought for questioning -- Cipriano Diaz-Sanchez and Agustin Diaz-Sanchez, both 20, are extended family members of the two brothers.

Anyone who has information about their location who has not spoken to law enforcement is asked to call Det. Jorge Martinez at 863-402-7250.

Anyone who wishes to leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000 can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

 

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6/6/2017 - Robbery, Avon Park

Pizza delivery driver robbed in Avon Park

AVON PARK -- Highlands County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the robbery of Domino’s Pizza employee Monday night, June 5.

Deputies were called just after 11:30 p.m. to 396 Barrie Road in the Avon Park Lakes area after a woman reported she had been robbed while trying to deliver a pizza. The caller placed the order for a medium pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda. When she arrived at the given address, three teenagers approached her, one of them brandishing a rifle and demanding money. They grabbed the money -- as well as the pizza and the soda -- and fled south into a wooded area.

All three of the suspects were described as being 15-18 years old. Two were white or Hispanic with thin builds and one was black and “chubby.”

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6/6/2017 - Robbery, Stepps Towing, 2000 W. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland

PCSO detectives are seeking information about a personal robbery that occurred at Stepp`s Towing, 2000 West Memorial Blvd in Lakeland. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, around 3:10 a.m., the victim (a Stepp`s tow truck driver), was securing his truck in the lot when he was approached by two unknown black male suspects, both of whom was armed with a handgun. One of the suspects pistol-whipped him. After robbing the victim of his personal belongings, they fled in a white Chrysler 300, heading south on Strain Blvd.

If anyone has information about this robbery, they are urged to contact PCSO at 863-298-6200 or Heartland Crime Stoppers.

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6/6/2017 - Theft/Fraud, Lakeland

On May 23, 2017, the victim’s purse was stolen from a residence in south Lakeland. Shortly after the theft, the suspect pictured here was observed at stores in Lakeland using the victim’s credit cards.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’9” tall wearing a black shirt and shorts. He has gray hair and wears glasses. He appears to be in his 40s or 50s. The suspect is driving an unknown type of minivan.

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6/6/2017 - Shoplifting, Cash Mart, Winter Haven

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You`ve seen the video of the guy Polk County Sheriff`s Office arrested stealing numerous quarts of oil and videos. Weellll, our crazy story involves Reese`s Cups and britches that are obviously too tight. (Evidently criminals must think things through before commencing to appear stealth in their crimes.) 
The video shows a guy at the Cash Mart (203 Central Ave E) on June 5 around 11:40 a.m.

The suspect, who is roughly 23 - 28 years old has an obvious hankering for Reese`s Peanut Butter Cups. So much, that he stalks the package, attempts to stuff said package in his waistband (to no avail), stares the package down as if to will it into his britches and then proceeds to unbutton, unzip and cram the sweet treat where they don`t belong.

He then plays Mr. Kewl as he leans on the counter, attempts to get a cold drink and walks around like nothing is wrong.

He was confronted by the clerk, but a verbal altercation ensued and he quickly left the store heading east on Central Ave. on a small dark blue or black bicycle.

If you recognize this suspect, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

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6/6/2017 - Bank Robbery, Chase Bank, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police need the public`s help in identifying an armed robber who terrorized a bank teller today. Clear images of the suspect are seen prior to the robbery. 
He entered the bank approximately 10 minutes prior to the robbery in order to survey his target.

On 6-6-17 at approximately 4:50 p.m., an armed suspect entered the Chase Bank located at 1350 6th St NW in Winter Haven. He approached the teller line and told a teller, "Give me all the money... and don`t push the alarm or I`ll shoot you." Fearing for her life, the teller complied with his demands placing money inside of a plastic bag he supplied. The suspect then ordered the teller at gunpoint to turn around and face the wall, which she did. Thankfully, nobody was physically injured during the encounter with the robber.
The suspect then left the bank and video from surrounding businesses show him entering a white four-door vehicle headed northbound towards Ave M NW.

Earlier at approximately 4:40 p.m., the same man is seen in surveillance video inside of the bank. He lingers and even drinks a cup of coffee. (see images attached) The images captured show a clear view of his face. The clothing seen in these images is identical of those the armed robber is wearing a short while later.

When the suspect came back to commit the robbery, he is obviously wearing a fake beard, however has the same dark jacket on. Images of the suspect prior to the robbery show the same jeans, shoes and jacket worn during the robbery.

Please take note of the shoes and jacket the suspect is wearing, which are the same as the man who entered earlier.

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Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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6/5/2017 - Theft of Tire, Eagle Lake

Polk County SO: Suspects steals tire off of car.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, between 1:25 a.m. and 2:45 a.m., two suspects, driving a dark (possibly black), 2008 or 2009 Ford Taurus X (SUV), drove to the Wilson Auto Mall used car lot located at 300 5th St. North, in Eagle Lake (off Hwy 17).

The first suspect, appears to be a White or Hispanic male, and wearing a mechanics overall type clothing with a name tag on the left side of his chest. This suspect is seen stealing a tire and a rim from a 2008 Ford Taurus X SUV vehicle parked just inside the chain linked fence. This specific tire and rim will only fit a 2008 or 2009 Ford Taurus X (SUV). The second suspect, the driver, appears to be a White or Hispanic female with long hair.

 

 

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6/5/2017 - Fraud, Winter Haven

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the victim reported that her debit card was fraudulently used at the ATM located inside the Circle K at the intersection of Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Cypress Gardens Road. The suspect pictured below is seen using the victim’s debit card. The victim stated that she does not know who the suspect is.

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6/5/2017 - Robbery, McDonald`s, Davenport

Polk County SO: McDonalds in Davenport robbed.

On 5/21/2017 at approximately 3:57 A.M., a business robbery occurred at McDonald’s at 8006 Osceola Polk Line Road in Davenport.

The suspect is described as a black male, late 20’s or early 30’s, 6’1” to 6’3”, 200 to 230lbs, dreadlocks, scar or mark near right eye, wearing black hoodie, black shirt with orange design, black pants, bright orange sneakers, red hat, black bandana, carrying a black Florida Gators duffle bag, and armed with black semi auto handgun.

A silver or blue Honda Odyssey was seen in the parking lot moments before the suspect walked in the store. No customers were present in the lobby or drive thru at the time of the robbery.Image may contain: screen

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6/5/2017 - Burglaries (Homes Under Construction), Poinciana

Polk County SO: Homes under construction burglarized in Poinciana.

On 05/12/2017 between 5:30 a.m. and 6:10 a.m., three unknown males broke into 4 separate houses that are under construction by Adams Homes located at 1149 Sabine Lane, 1353 N Platte Court, 1358 N Platte Court, and 1365 N Platte Court in Poinciana. Entry was gained through the back door of three of the houses and one of the houses was unsecured. The suspects removed 4 black General Electric ranges from each residence, however left one of the ranges outside at the last residence.

Two separate witnesses were able to describe the three males who committed the burglaries. White male, approximately 6ft tall, and wearing a bright orange long sleeve shirt. Hispanic male approximately 5’8 tall, and wearing a neon green long sleeve shirt. Black male with short hair and possibly a goatee or beard.

A nearby residence was able to capture video surveillance of the suspects fleeing the area in a Ford pickup truck. The vehicle was last seen on Greenfield Road in Poinciana and one of the black Ranges was observed in the back of the vehicle.

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6/5/2017 - Shiplifting, Wal Mart , Winter Haven

Once Again We Need Help Identifying Those Who Refuse To Pay For Items
Everyone may be tired of hearing these stories, but we need to identify every person who thinks they don`t have to pay for things they want.
On 5-29-17 at approximately 7:40 p.m., the two females in this video enter Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd) when the female in the pink dress selects a Hello Kitty kids chair . She proceeds out of the doors, gets a shopping cart and heads back in. She then proceeds to select various items to include numerous cell phone cases, charcoal, lighters and a min-fridge. 
She then pushes the cart right out of the doors without any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The second female follows closely behind and they are seen leaving in a white four-door sedan.
Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eleigible for a CASH reward.

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