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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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10/9/2015 - Check Fraud, Lakeland

On October 1, 2015, an unknown person fraudulently used the victim’s identification to cash checks from other possible victim’s account.

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10/8/2015 - Burglary, Walt Williams Rd, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Residential Burglary and Grand Theft investigation.

At approximately 11:30 am, on Friday, October 2, 2015, witnesses observed two suspects at a vacant residence on the 1500 block of Walt Williams Road, Lakeland, remove a hot water heater from the vacant residence.

The suspects were seen driving in a dark green, or black, Dodge truck.

One suspect is described as being a white male with collar length, dark hair. This suspect had a mustache and a light colored or gray goatee style beard.

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10/8/2015 - Burglary, Citgo, Winter Haven

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

At approximately 4:00 am, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, four unknown suspects smashed the front window of the “Cigarettes Outlet” business located at 3315 Highway 17/92 in Lake Alfred.

Surveillance video captured the images of four suspects who exited a dark colored, four-door, Ford F-250 crew cab with a grey bottom. The truck had distinctive chrome rims and a chrome grill, with what appeared to be a yellow dolly in the bed. It appeared the suspects had bolt cutters, sledge hammers and other tools.

The suspects all wore dark colored clothing. After breaking the front window of the business, the suspects removed sixteen (16) cartons of New Port Cigarettes, seven (7) cases of White Owl cigars, and nine (9) cases Swisher Sweets cigars.

During the investigation, detectives learned, Winter Haven Police responded to a business burglary at 128 Ave T NE Winter Haven, FL (Citgo) just prior to the Cigarettes Outlet burglary. The vehicle description and suspect description are the same.


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10/8/2015 - Birglary, Citgo, Winter Haven
Burglary Oct 4 2015 3:21 a.m. Vehicle - dark Ford 4X4 mag rims with hitch on back

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10/8/2015 - Vandalism/Shooting out Windows, South Lake Wales

Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help with an investigation regarding multiply criminal mischiefs that occurred in the surrounding area of Warner University between 09/22/2015-09/23/2015. During these incidents, the suspect(s) utilized CO2 powered BB guns to shot several vehicle windows and two (2) occupied residences.

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10/7/2015 - Theft, Walgreens, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in retail theft that occurred at the Walgreens located at 410 Old Polk City Road in Lakeland.

On Monday, August 31, 2015, two black females entered the store and removed two Con Air Infiniti Air Brushes without paying for them. Employees attempted to stop the subjects but they fled in a tan four door vehicle. The employees observed the license plate of the vehicle to be: DILU25.

Deputies are searching for a tan colored 2014 Nissan, possibly an Altima. The vehicle is possibly in the Lakeland or Tampa area.

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10/6/2015 - RV Burglaries on the Rise

RV BURGLARY TREND: PCSO deputies are seeking the public`s help in a burglary trend occurring in Lakeland, involving recreational vehicles being broken into over a four-month period.

From June to September 2015, there were 13 incidents in unincorporated Lakeland where RV`s were broken into and ransacked or had items stolen from within. The first incident occurred on June 15, 2015, and the most recent incident occurred on October 1, 2015. Nearly all of the incidents occurred overnight. A summary of incidents is included here:

June 15-17, 2015 - suspect broke into six RV`s parked at a storage facility located at 8315 US Hwy 33 North;

June 18-19, 2015 - suspect broke into an RV parked at 4755 Drane Field Road and stole two TV`s, CD player, racing headsets, lawn chairs;

June 11 - July 7, 2015 - suspect stole six inverter batteries from RV`s and trailers, and a bicycle;

July 9, 2015 - suspect broke into several RV`s and trailers parked at facility located at 8315 US Hwy 33 North;

July 11-13, 2015 - suspect cut fence and broke into three RV`s parked at 4851 Old Hwy 37 and stole walkie-talkies, a holster, and a knife;

July 15-18, 2015 - suspect broke window of motor home parked at 510 West Brannen Road;

July 19, 2015 - suspect cut fence and broke into six travel trailers and stole a battery from an RV parked at 455 Commerce Drive;

August 1-3, 2015 - suspect cut fence and broke into several RV`s parked at 8110 US Hwy 98 North;

July 26 - August 10, 2015 - suspect broke into RV parked at 1718 South Combee Rd and stole a camera & DVD AV receiver;

September 20-21, 2015 - suspect broke into five RV`s parked at 8250 US Hwy 33 North;

September 25, 2015 - suspect broke into RV parked at 9754 Cypress Lakes Drive and stole shoes and tools;

September 20-26, 2015 - suspect broke into RV parked at 3345 US Hwy 92 East;

October 1-2, 2015 - suspect broke into four RV`s parked at 5849 West Brannen Road and stole a TV and wrench set.

Detectives believe the suspect responsible is a white male, 6` tall. If anyone has information about this trend they are urged to contact Detective Weinrich at 863-499-2400.



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10/6/2015 - Counterfeit Checks, Polk County

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, a male suspect entered several Magnify Credit Union locations within Polk County and cashed counterfeit checks in excess of $1000.00.

The checks were written on Magnify Credit Union accounts. The memo line lists that the payment is for “construction work.”

The suspect is described as a black male without hair. He was seen wearing the same or similar clothing in each incident. He wore a Pirates sports ball cap.

A vehicle was seen dropping off the suspect and picking the suspect up again after the checks were cashed. The vehicle is described as a 2015 silver Nissan Altima. The driver is also a black male who wore what appears to be a New York Yankees sports cap.

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10/1/2015 - Theft of Bike, Lakeland

On Thursday, September 15, 2015, at approximately 2:55 p.m., an unknown subject removed a bicycle from the Jackson Library at 1700 N Florida Avenue.

The bicycle is a teal Giant Cypress with a black/silver/teal seat cushion and 28” tires.

The suspect is a black male, wearing a dark green short sleeve shirt, tan shorts, white shoes and a green ball cap with the University of Miami on the front in orange/green.

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9/30/2015 - Theft, Auburndale

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9/30/2015 - Grand Theft, J C Penny`s, Lakeland

Retail Grand Theft

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at 6:22 p.m., a black female and two black males entered the JCPenny’s and placed various items of merchandise in a bag and fled the store. The subjects entered a black SUV Lexus where there was a black female driver waiting for them.

Suspect #1 is a black female, 5’8”, wearing a black pencil skirt with a purple blouse.
Suspect #2 is a black male, 6’2”, wearing khaki pants with a black t-shirt.
Suspect #3 is a black male 6’, wearing black shorts with a multicolor t-shirt.


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9/29/2015 - Theft, North Lakeland

At approximately 1:50 AM, on Sunday, September 6, 2015, a retail theft at the Circle K located at 10704 US 98 North, Lakeland.

The suspect in the photo, a white male, approximately 20-30 years of age, 5-8 to 5-10 short hair, and full beard, wearing tan shorts and a Florida Gators shirt has been identified as a person of interest in this case. He removed merchandise without paying.

The suspect departed in a newer model white Nissan Pathfinder south on US 98. Two people were with the male in the sports shirt and left the business with him; a male and a female. Their images were captured on video surveillance.

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9/29/2015 - Theft, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s Detectives are seeking information about a petit theft that occurred at “Dallas Automotive” located at 2915 Swindell Road, Lakeland.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on September 26, 2015, a burgundy Honda Element and a white Toyota Sienna are observed driving from the east, turn around, and then both vehicles parked on the south side of the road, facing east, in front of the business` main entrance.

The pictured female exited the driver’s door of the white van and crossed the street. The female then walked by the main entrance and attempted to pull up one of the flags.

She then ran back across the road again and entered the van. The female exited the van again and walked toward a flag posted by the roadway. She pulled the flag out of its base and placed it on the ground. She then pulled up the flag base and walked back to her vehicle with the base. Both vehicles drove off to the east.

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9/28/2015 - Burglary, Lakeland

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, between 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., two unknown subjects entered a screened room to a residence, while the residents were sleepinginside.

One suspect appears to have something, possibly a tattoo, on the outside of his left leg, just above the ankle.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at caic@lakelandgov.net 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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9/28/2015 - Shoplifting, North Lakeland

At approximately 3:51 am, on Friday, September 4, 2015, a retail theft of nine cases of bottled water occurred at the Circle K located at 7250 US 98 North, Lakeland.

The suspects in the photo are two black males, approximately 30-40 years of age, 5-10 to 6-0, one has a full beard, wearing camouflage shorts and a white tank top, the other is wearing a white t-shirt and skull cap. Both have been identified as persons of interest in this theft. The suspects departed in a red 1994-95 Nissan Maxima south on US 98.

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