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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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1/14/2015 - Theft of Wallet, Elonka`s Fashions, Winter Haven

Help identify suspects after one is seen behind a counter where a wallet comes up missing.

The two suspects pictured entered Elonka`s Fashions on 1/2/15 at approximately 2:15 p.m. As the female is speaking with the clerk, the male is seen going back behind the counter sneaking around. He emerges and is seen on video tucking something inside of his waistband and pulling his shirt back over the area. 

A short time after they leave the store, the victim is notified by her bank that possible fraudulent activity occurred with her credit card. She looked in her purse to find the wallet gone. 
The credit card was used at Wal Mart in WInter Haven and Home Depot in Lake Wales. 

The photos below show the suspects entering Elonka`s and the other three are the pair walking out of Wal Mart after the card was used. 

Anyone with information in the identity of either of these suspects is asked to call Detective Mike Leonard at 863-401-2256.

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.

Photo: Winter Haven Police Department.

Help identify suspects after one is seen behind a counter where a wallet comes up missing.

The two suspects pictured entered Elonka`s Fashions on 1/2/15 at approximately 2:15 p.m. As the female is speaking with the clerk, the male is seen going back behind the counter sneaking around. He emerges and is seen on video tucking something inside of his waistband and pulling his shirt back over the area. 

A short time after they leave the store, the victim is notified by her bank that possible fraudulent activity occurred with her credit card. She looked in her purse to find the wallet gone. 
The credit card was used at Wal Mart in WInter Haven and Home Depot in Lake Wales. 

The photos below show the suspects entering Elonka`s and the other three are the pair walking out of Wal Mart after the card was used. 

Anyone with information in the identity of either of these suspects is asked to call Detective Mike Leonard at 863-401-2256.

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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1/14/2015 - Robbery, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 1024 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1024 Lakeland Park Center Dr was robbed by a white male gunman.

The suspect pictured below appears to be in his 50’s and was 
wearing a pink hoodie, beige cargo shorts and a ball cap with the letter “C” on the front.

If you can identify the suspect pictured above or if you have any information in reference to this case, please contact Det. Tim McDonald at (863) 834-8955 or via email at tim.mcdonald@lakelandgov.net.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-80-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab.

 

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1/13/2015 - Business Burglaries (2), Frostproof

PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in two business burglaries that occurred in Frostproof. 

During the early morning hours of Friday, December 26, 2014, two masked suspects forcibly entered the Frostbite restaurant on N. Scenic Hwy. in Frostproof. The suspects ransacked several areas of the business before leaving without any property. A video of the crime can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/BuwTIPB-m8k 

Deputies are also investigating a similar early-morning burglary that occurred on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Little Dixie Store on S. Scenic Hwy.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects or these incidents is urged to contact Deputy Sheriff Trey Matthews at (863) 635-7835.

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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1/12/2015 - Home Invasion/Homicide, $5,000 REWARD, 7665 Chase Rd, Lakeland

Home Invasion/Homicide: 7665 Chase Road, Lakeland.

LAKELAND, Fla. - Polk County deputies say a man was killed and three others shot during a home invasion robbery Sunday night.
According to the Sheriff`s Office, just before 9:00 p.m. two armed black men arrived at the home at 7665 Chase Road and attempted to rob the home`s occupants. The two suspects fired multiple shots, hitting the four victims. Witnesses told detectives multiple people had weapons pointed at them, but only four victims were shot.

Kody Zawalski, 20, died at the scene. Paramedics transported three other victims to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Two are in critical condition; the third suffered only minor injuries.

Polk County detectives do not believe the crime is a random act, but that the home was targeted by the suspects.Sheriff Grady Judd was on the scene Sunday night and asked for help from the public. "We need your help to catch them," he said. "And we are going to catch them."

Anyone with information regarding the home invasion is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff`s Office at (863) 298-6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers (800)226-TIPS.

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1/8/2015 - Shoplifters, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying any of the below pictured subjects. Each one was caught on surveillance video at retail outlets across the city taking items without any attempt to pay. 

If anyone can identify any of these suspects, please contact Officer Jodi Lott at 1-863-401-2256. Be sure to indicate the number of the photo with the information submitted. Help us catch these criminals as they can potentially continue to take items that they don`t pay for.

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

Photo: Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s help in identifying any of the below pictured subjects. Each one was caught on surveillance video at retail outlets across the city taking items without any attempt to pay. 

If anyone can identify any of these suspects, please contact Officer Jodi Lott at 1-863-401-2256. Be sure to indicate the number of the photo with the information submitted. Help us catch these criminals as they can potentially continue to take items that they don`t pay for.

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

 

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1/6/2015 - Theft of Dump Truck, 829 Sate Road 17, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton Police are aksing for your help in locating a dump truck which was stolen from 829 SR 17 (Scenic Hwy) Lake Hamilton, FL 33851. 

The vehicle is a white 2005 Kenworth T800 triple drop axle dump truck (FL tag N0727V) with a full load of sand. There are the numbers 217 on the hood, numbers 051 on the right rear tailgate and “E C” on both doors. The semi was taken between 1800 hrs. on 01/05/15 and 0000 hrs. on 01/06/15.

NOTE: The attached photo is not the actual vehicle.

If you know where this vehicle is located or have information as to who was involved in taking the vehicle, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our Facebook page or website (www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com) .

You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest or the recovery of the vehicle, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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1/5/2015 - Theft, Dollar General, 101 Lake Hatchinaha Rd, Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the pictured suspect of a retail theft that occurred on 12-24-14 at the Dollar General store located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd (CR 542) Lake Hamilton, FL 33851 Case # 14-12-1527.

The suspect is a white male in his mid to late 20’s to early 30’s approx. 190 lbs. and approx. 5’9” to 6’ 0”. He was wearing a red shirt with a camo jacket and dirty tan pants with tennis shoes.

If you recognize this person, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our Facebook page or website, www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. 

You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward !

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1/3/2015 - Theft, Coin Laundry, 1815 E. Gary Rd, Lakeland

On Friday, December 19, 2014, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an unknown suspect stole three security cameras from Coin Laundry, 1815 E. Gary Road.

The suspect is a white male, approximately 30 yoa, with brown hair, brown eyes and brown thin goatee. 

The suspect vehicle is a 2013-2015 white Ford Escape with working fog lights.

If you recognize this individual, 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.

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12/31/2014 - Vehicle Burglary, YMCA, 3620 Cleveland Hts Blvd, Lakeland

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. the victims` wallet was stolen from his vehicle parked at the YMCA, 3620 Cleveland Heights Boulevard. At approximately 10:18 p.m., the victim’s credit card was used at WalMart. The subject also used the victim’s credit cards at Burger King, Target, & Publix on the south side of Lakeland.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing glasses, a black beanie hat with white stripe, a gray t-shirt, blue shorts and black/white sneakers. The suspect’s vehicle is a dark color black or blue Lincoln.
Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department, Detective Anderson at 863-834-8952, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

 

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12/31/2014 - ARRESTED!: Atttempted Murder, , Hidden Creek Lane,Winter HavenAPPREHENDED

UPDATE to Attempted Murder Investigation: On Christmas Eve, a homeowner on Hidden Creek Lane in Winter Haven confronted someone who was stealing a package off his porch. The suspect then ran over the victim as she fled the scene - the victim is still in the hospital recovering from his life-threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle has been positively identified as a 2001 grey Kia Sportage with FL tag F22 1QV, with a black hood, minor front end damage, and a plexiglass back window.

42-year-old Marilyn Deboer of Winter Haven has an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation, and is a person of interest in this case. She may be in the company of her live-in boyfriend, 47-year-old Roy Eugene "Bo" Spiker, who is also a person of interest. 

If you have information about this suspect vehicle or the whereabouts of these persons of interest, you may be eligible for a CASH REWARD of at least $1000. Call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) - and remain completely anonymous!

 

 

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12/31/2014 - Burglary, MirrorTerrace, Winter Haven

On 12-28-14, a residence on Mirror Terrace was burglarized. The victim reported credit cards and identification taken. In the early morning hours of 12-28-14, the stolen credit cards were used at Wal Mart (355 Cypress Gardens Blvd.) All of the subjects pictures below used the cards making various transactions and passing the cards to other members of the group. At least two of the subjects (black male wearing red shirt and Hispanic female wearing white t-shirt) were seen in the vehicle pictures as well.

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12/30/2014 - Robbery of Pizza Delivery Driver, 1901 Jupiter St, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s Office, Lakeland, Fl
INFORMATION SOUGHT IN ARMED ROBBERY OF PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVE

PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking the public`s help in an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver that occurred in Lakeland.

Around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014, the delivery driver for a Hungry Howie`s pizza chain arrived at 1903 Jupiter Street and was met in the driveway by an unknown black male. Two additional unknown black males approached the driver from an unknown direction, both of whom were armed with silver handguns and had their faces covered. The suspects demanded the pizza and cash. The driver complied. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The residence was later found to be a vacant home.

The suspects are described as three light-skinned black males with short hair. One suspect was wearing a dark-colored shirt with white lettering on it. One suspect had a red bandanna covering his face.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects, they are urged to contact the PCSO Robbery Unit at 863.298.6379Call: 863.298.6379.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8377) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our page.

Photo: Polk County Sheriff`s Office, Lakeland, Fl
INFORMATION SOUGHT IN ARMED ROBBERY OF PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVE

PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking the public`s help in an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver that occurred in Lakeland.

Around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014, the delivery driver for a Hungry Howie`s pizza chain arrived at 1903 Jupiter Street and was met in the driveway by an unknown black male. Two additional unknown black males approached the driver from an unknown direction, both of whom were armed with silver handguns and had their faces covered. The suspects demanded the pizza and cash. The driver complied. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The residence was later found to be a vacant home.

The suspects are described as three light-skinned black males with short hair. One suspect was wearing a dark-colored shirt with white lettering on it. One suspect had a red bandanna covering his face.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects, they are urged to contact the PCSO Robbery Unit at 863.298.6379Call: 863.298.6379.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8377) or click on  the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our page.

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12/30/2014 - Burglary, Easy Care Car Wash, 54145 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

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

At 3:35 a.m. on December 24, 2014, a business burglary occurred at Easy Care Carwash Located at 5415 Hwy 98 North in Lakeland.

During this incident, a newer model, white in color, Chevy Trailblazer sport utility vehicle arrived at the business. One subject, a white male wearing a gray in color hooded sweatshirt and long, dark colored shorts exited the vehicle. The subject used a pry-bar to attempt to enter two of the vending machines at the business. The subject was unable to open the vending machines; however, approximately $900 in damage was incurred to the machines. 

Information is needed to positively identify and locate these subjects. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Clark at 863-577-1600Call: 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 (8377) or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on our page.

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12/29/2014 - Stolen Vehicle, 2111 Kings Crossing St, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police Department. ** STOLEN TRUCK **

Between the hours of 9 pm on 12-28-14 and 6 am on 12-29-14, a dark green Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was taken from 2111 Kings Crossing St. in Winter Haven. 

The vehicle has a Florida handicap tag of Y1LXY. The truck has a camper shell over the bed, fading paint on the hood and top and a Ducks Unlimited sticker on the back window of the camper shell. 

There is also a green front license plate with "Louisiana Wildlife Association" on the front of the vehicle. 

Please note the color photo below is a representative photo - not the actual vehicle. The b/w photo is the back of the actual vehicle.

 

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12/28/2014 - Attempted Murder, 800 block of Boulevard St, Bartow
 

Police Search for Suspect in Bartow Woman`s Shooting

Victim, 28, identified; her condition now stable


Published: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.

BARTOW | Police have released the name of a woman who was shot Saturday night during a verbal altercation on the 800 block of Boulevard Street.

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Bartow police are searching for Sidney "Trey" Smith, 18, of Fort Meade after a 28-year-old Bartow woman was shot.

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Haendel Louis, 28, of Bartow suffered multiple gunshot wounds in her abdomen, according to Bartow police.

Her condition has been upgraded from critical condition to stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after undergoing surgery Saturday night, according to the Bartow Police Department.

Police said 18-year-old Sidney “Trey” Smith, of Fort Meade and Louis were arguing in the street when she left and returned with her boyfriend, Jason Taylor, of Bartow.

After Taylor came to the scene, the argument escalated and Smith fired shots from a handgun, police said.

Smith faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.

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