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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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4/22/2014 - Shoplifting, Dollar General, 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd, Lake Hamilton

retail theft that occurred on 04/15/14 at approx. 1047 hrs at the Dollar General located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd Lake Hamilton, FL 33851( case #14-04-0424).

The suspect is a white male approx. 20 to 35 years of age with short brown or brown blonde hair, light completion and approx. 170 lbs. to 200 lbs. The suspect was wearing black shorts, white t-shirt and white sunglasses and black Nike shoes.

If you recognize this suspect, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on this site. You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

Lt Sanchez, Lake Hamilton Police Department, 863-439-1561, sanchezm@townoflakehamilton.com.

 

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4/21/2014 - Murder, Highway Park neighborhood, Lake Placid

Highlands County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning (4-21-14) in the Highway Park neighborhood of Lake Placid. At approximately 2:00 AM Central Dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of Vision Street and Crestmore Avenue in Lake Placid. Upon arrival deputies found Lee Andrew Thomas, Jr., 34 years of age, of Moore Haven, Florida with a gunshot wound. Thomas was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The investigation is continuing at this time. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Roger St. Laurent at 863-402-7447 or 863-402-7250. 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(8477), or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on this site. Anonymity is guaranteed!

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4/21/2014 - Shoplifting, Dollar General, 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton Police are currently investigating a retail theft that occurred on 04/20/14 at approx. 1011 hrs at the Dollar General located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd Lake Hamilton, FL 33851 (case #14-04-0449).

The suspect is a white female approx. 18 to 25 years of age with short black hair, light completion and approx. 130 lbs. to 170 lbs. 5’2” -5’8”. The suspect was wearing grey sweatpants, white tank-top with a yellow shirt under the white tank-top, a blue sweatshirt style jacket with an unknown design on the back and right sleeve and white shoes. The suspect has what appeared to be a tattoo on her chest.
The suspect was seen leaving the scene as a passenger in a silver Honda Civic tag #D717GD being driven by an unknown driver.

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 on this site.

Lt Sanchez, Lake Hamilton Police Department, phone 863-439-1561 email: sanchezm@townoflakehamilton.com.

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4/21/2014 - Theft of Livestock (goat) , Water Tank Road, Haines City

Have you seen this billy goat? It was last seen at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 17, 2014 in its pasture on Water Tank Road south of Haines City. By the next morning, Friday, it was gone. There was an area where the fence had been pushed down and there were shoe impressions in the sand around the fence. 

A neighbor saw a white in color pick-up truck, possibly a Dodge Ram 2500, extended cab, pass by the property several times, driving slowly. There were also grove workers in the area. If anyone has any information about the missing billy goat, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (863-298-6200).

 If you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com, text “Tip196” along with your tip information and send it to CRIMES (274637), or by smart phone download “TipSubmit” to your device.

Photo: OK, here’s a good old rural Polk County agriculture theft case…you probably won`t see too many "missing billy goat" stories in the city.

Have you seen this billy goat?  It was last seen at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 17, 2014 in its pasture on Water Tank Road south of Haines City.  By the next morning, Friday, it was gone.  There was an area where the fence had been pushed down and there were shoe impressions in the sand around the fence.  

A neighbor saw a white in color pick-up truck, possibly a Dodge Ram 2500, extended cab, pass by the property several times, driving slowly.  There were also grove workers in the area.  If anyone has any information about the missing billy goat, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (863-298-6200) or e-mail a tip to tips@polksheriff.org.  If you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com, text “Tip196” along with your tip information and send it to CRIMES (274637), or by smart phone download “TipSubmit” to your device.

 

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4/20/2014 - Armed Robbery (2), Grove Park Chevron,1315 South Rd 98 and 7-11 Store, 3071 S. Road 98, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify this suspect of one armed robbery with a knife and one attempted robbery with a knife that occurred on April 20, 2014, within minutes of each other. One robbery occurred at the 7-11, 3071 S. Road 98 and the other at the Grove Park Chevron, 1315 S. Rd 98, Lakeland. The robberies occurred between 6:00am and 7:00am.

In both robberies the suspect entered the stores with a shirt wrapped around his face, brandished a knife and demanded cash from the store clerk. At the 7-11, the store clerk ran into the cooler and the suspect fled with no money. Minutes later, the suspect appeared at the Grove Park Chevron where the clerk gave the suspect cash and he fled on foot. 

The images were taken off the surveillance camera from the Grove Park Chevron. Neither victim was injured during the robbery. 

The man is described as a white male, 5’08” to 5’11, 130 pounds, 18 to 25 years of age. He was wearing gray sweat pants, a two tone black and gray long sleeve shirt, and black shoes. 

If you have any information regarding these robberies, please call Detective Stacey Pough at 863-834-6966.


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4/19/2014 - Aggravated Battery, 111 Robson Street, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify this suspect of an aggravated battery that occurred on April 18, 2014, at approximately 11:00 PM at the Circle K, 111 Robson Street, Lakeland, Florida.

The suspect and victim exchanged words at the gas pump. The suspect struck the victim causing the victim to be knocked to the concrete sustaining a head injury.

If you can identify this suspect and want to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS (8477).

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4/17/2014 - Strong Armed Robbery, Wal Mart, 5800 North Rd 98, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify the suspect of a strong armed robbery that occurred on March 17, 2014, at Wal-Mart, 5800 N Rd 98.

The suspect appears to be a white male wearing a green polo style shirt, blue jeans, black Gators Cap, with facial hair and tattoos
on both forearms.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477.

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4/17/2014 - Fraud/Forgery, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify the suspect of a fraud/forgery that occurred on March 12, 2014, at approximately 0830 hours. The suspected deposited stolen checks into an ATM.

The suspect is a black female wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.
If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477.

Photo: Lakeland Police need to identify the suspect of a fraud/forgery that occurred on March 12, 2014, at approximately 0830 hours. The suspected deposited stolen checks into an ATM.

The suspect is a black female wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.
If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477

 

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4/17/2014 - Burglary, Five Dollar Fashions, 3800 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

Lakeland Police need to identify the suspect of a business burglary to Five Dollar Fashions, 3800 Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, Florida, that occurred on January 19, 2014, during the night.

The suspect appears to be a white male approximately 6 feet tall wearing a hooded shirt, dark baggy pants and a back pack.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477

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4/15/2014 - Residential Burglary, Wauchula

Wauchula Police Department, Apartment Burglaries. Suspect Jerry Browdy, Jr. in Custody.

The Wauchula Police Department is investigating several apartment burglaries where entry was gained after keys were stolen from maintenance personnel. The burglaries occurred on 04/01/14 and 4/03/14.

Arrested for those burglaries was Jerry Browdy, Jr. Some of the items stolen were recovered from Browdy`s residence. 

Still missing is:
1) Panasonic 32 inch flat panel black TV,
2) Lenovo lap top gray computer,
3) High point 9 mm semi auto handgun black

If you have information as to the whereabouts of the missing property and wish to remain anonymous, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on this page.

 

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4/15/2014 - Business Burglary, Boost Mobile, 610 N 6th. St.,Wauchula

The Wauchula Police Department is investigating a burglary of the Boost Mobile phone store located at 610 N 6th Ave. The burglary occurred on 04/10/14 at approximately 0422 hours. The front door was smashed, and only Apple iPhones were stolen.

The following is a partial inventory of the items stolen:
1)- Three (3) White Boost Apple iPhone 5C 16 gegabytes serial # 35854005290015 
2)- Two (2) Blue Boost Apple iPhone 5C 16 gegabytes serial # 35854005366902, 35854005346910
3)- Two (2) Pink Boost Apple iPhone 5C 16 gegabytes serial # 35854005288715
4)-One (1) Green Boost Apple iPhone 5C 16 gegabytes serial # 35854005490158.

If you have any information on this crime, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tips" tab at the top of this site. You will remain anonymous! If you tip results in an arrest or the recovery of the stolen I-Phones, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

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4/15/2014 - Vehicle Burglary, Wauchula

The Wauchula Police Department is investigating a vehicle burglary which occurred on 03/31/14. The vehicle was parked at the residence.

The following items were stolen from the vehicle 1) Ping golf clubs/irons and Ping Driver, 2) Dark gray DDX Northface or Columbia jacket.

If you have any information as to who committed this burglary or where the stolen property is located, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest or the recovery of the property, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

Note: The Ping irons pictured are not the actual clubs that were stolen.

 

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4/15/2014 - Residential Burglary (Firearms Stolen), Wauchula

On 04/10/14 an apartment in Wauchula was broken into and the following items were stolen:
1-small rectangular alligator skin container with the letters "JCS" embroidered on the front.
2-Belgium 16 gauge shtgun with spare barrel unknown serial number
3-single shot 410 shotgun unknown brand or serial number
4-.22 bolt action rifle with fire pin issue, unknown brand or serial number
5-Remington or Colt 5 shot. 32 revolver unknown serial number, black leather holster
6-canvas sock for a rifle.

If you have information on this burglary or know where the weapons can be located, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477). You will remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of the weapons, you will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00.

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4/14/2014 - Homicide Update, Lakeland

**UPDATE** April 14, 2014 Lakeland Police Department. Homicide Investigation

Det. Brian Wallace is attempting to locate the below pictured 2005 4-door white Pontiac Grand Prix., FL Tag # ASG-U28 , 
VIN # 2G2WP522951195257. 

The vehicle pictured is not the actual vehicle.

The vehicle frequents 1400 Kettles Avenue in Lakeland and was last seen in this area on April 8, 2014. If anyone has knowledge of this vehicles location, please contact your local law enforcement agency. No other details are being released at this time.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (477).

 

 

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4/11/2014 - Burglary,400 block of Vista Park, Davenport Area

Polk County Sheriff`s Office detectives are investigating a residential burglary that occurred on April 8, 2014 between 1030 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. hours in the Vista Park subdivision in the Davenport area of northeast Polk County. The incident occurred in the 400 block of Vista Dr., Davenport. The suspects (pictured) kicked in the front door to the residence. Jewelry and electronics were taken from the residence. If you have any information about the identity of these suspects, or if you have any information about this burglary, please contact Detective Urton at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (863-298-6200) or e-mail a tip to tips@polksheriff.org. If you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com, text “Tip196” along with your tip information and send it to CRIMES (274637), or by smart phone download “TipSubmit” to your device.

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