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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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3/25/2015 - Burglary, Flamingo Rd NE, Avon Park

The Highlands County Sheriff`s Office is investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Flamingo Rd, NE in Lake Placid. The burglary occurred on February 14, 2015 at approximately 11:45 am.

Taken in the burglary were several firearms, including a Thompson .45 caliber semi-auto handgun, a Browning shotgun, a Winchester .308 rifle and several other antique weapons.

Jewelry taken included 2 custom earing sets, a Rolex Oyster Purpetual watch, and a "Cornell College" class ring.

Also taken was a Sony 40" LED TV.

If you have any information as to who was invloved in this burglary, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or click on our "Give-A-Tip" tab. If your tip results in an arrest OR the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00.

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3/24/2015 - Shooting (3 Victims) 2105 N. Zephyr Rd, Avon Park

At approximately 1:00AM Saturday, March 21, 2015, The Sheriff’s Office Consolidated Dispatch received a call that there was a shooting on Zephyr Road in Avon Park. As deputies were arriving at the location they encountered numerous vehicles fleeing the area. Once arriving at 2105 N. Zephyr Road, deputies saw other people running from the residence. People at the scene told deputies that several persons had been shot and were already being taken to the hospital by private vehicles.

Shortly thereafter Consolidated Dispatch received a call from Florida Hospital Heartland indicating they had two persons in the ER who had gunshot wounds. Later a third victim arrived, also with a gunshot wound.

Once the initial responding deputies arrived and calmed the chaos, deputies learned that there was a large house party where a cover charge was required to enter the party. In fact the party was advertised by a flyer on Facebook. At the house crime scene detectives found alcohol and drugs. It was further determined that at least three separate handguns of three different calibers were discharged and casings were located at the scene. The shots struck three victims, one 19 year old and two 16 year old males. Detectives estimated at least 50 to 100 young people were in attendance at this party, the ages ranged from 12 years of age to about 22 years of age.

The Zephyr Road home belonged to Heather Mills, a former Highlands County Detention Deputy who resigned in July, 2014 while being investigated. .

Mills’ own children ages 13 and 14 were in attendance at the party. Sheriff Benton “is begging for parents to talk with their kids and to please come forward with whatever they know about what happened at the party. This is serious stuff; we know that at least three guns were shot, how many other guns might have been there? We recovered spent shell casings, but would you believe that we have NOT located any of the firearms. Any one of your kids could have been shot at this house party. Detectives are looking at every angle of this incident; who are the shooters, where are the firearms, and of course and probably most important, who allowed this house party with kids, guns, alcohol, and drugs (a deadly combination) to take place. My fear is that this could have resulted in another homicide case where a group of your folks got out of control at a party and lives are changed forever. Please come forward with information and help us protect young children.”

Please contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Michael Parker at 863-402-7256 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), contact us on the internet atwww.heartlandcrimestoppers.com or simply scan the QR code at right. Anonymity is guaranteed!

 

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3/23/2015 - Wanted(Skimmer), Davenport

WANTED SUBJECT: 19-year-old Alexandru Tomescu of Hollywood Florida, is wanted for use of a scanning device to defraud.

In January, 2015, a scanning device, or “skimmer,” was located on an ATM at a local bank in Davenport. The device was found by a bank employee and reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The skimmer was removed and PCSO detectives began an investigation. No customer information was compromised since the device was removed before the suspect could recover the “skimmer.”

Video surveillance from the bank captured the image of an unknown male who was later identified as Tomescu.

Tomescu was arrested in Osceola County in February 2015, for the same crime, in addition to drug charges. 

 

 

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3/20/2015 - Shoplifting, 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, FL at approximately 8:00 p.m. on 03/09/15.

On Monday March 9th, at approximately 8:00 p.m. the suspect entered the Circle K store located at 3808 Deeson Road. While in the store, the suspect (pictured left) went to the register and removed an item from the counter. The suspect proceeded to exit without paying for the item.

The suspect is a white male approximately 5’9 – 6’2 with a thin build and short dark hair. He was seen wearing a black American Eagle T-Shirt and dark pants with flip flops. The suspect possibly left the store in a white 4-door truck. The suspect is reported to be between 20 and 35 years of age.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect, they are urged to contact Detective Paul Buoniconti at 863.577.1600, 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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3/19/2015 - Burglary, Nu-Hope Thrift Store, Main St, Lake Placid

Lake Placid Police Department:
This criminal is driving us bananas! The picture is a person dressed up in what appears to be a rain coat and monkey mask. You read right....MONKEY mask. The monkey is wanted in connection to a burglary at the Nu-Hope Thrift Store on Main Ave. where a large fan was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LPPD at 863-699-3757. Case Officer is Cpl. Eddie San Miguel.

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

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3/19/2015 - Theft of Wallet, Winter Haven Hospital

Winter Haven: Theft of Wallet from Hospital

Winter Haven Police are asking for the public`s assistance in identifying a female suspect who used a stolen debit card at two establishments in Haines City after a Winter Haven Hospital worker discovered her wallet taken from her purse today.

On 3-19-15 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the hospital worker opened her purse to find the wallet taken. The theft occurred between 1:30 - 2:30 pm. The purse was inside of a desk drawer.

It was later discovered that the subject pictured used the Victim`s debit card at the CVS in Haines City (35799 US Highway 27, Haines City, FL) at approximately 2 p.m. and also at McDonald`s on Hwy 27 in Haines City. The suspect is either a black or Hispanic female, with dark hair pulled into a ponytail, wearing dark glasses and a sleeveless black and pink camo shirt.

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3/17/2015 - Use of Stolen Credit Card, Wal Mart, 5800 Hwy 98 North, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff`s detectives are seeking information about an identity theft investigation that occurred in Lakeland, Florida.

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at approximately 10:50 a.m. the subject in this picture used a stolen credit/debit card to purchase merchandise at the Wal-Mart located at 5800 Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, Florida.

The subject appears to be a white male wearing a white and red plaid shirt, jeans and a black Florida Gators hat with sunglasses.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify the subject or vehicle in this picture, they are urged to contact Detective Phil Ryan at 863.577.1629 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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3/14/2015 - Armed Robbery, EZ Way Drive Thru, 34th St, Winter Haven

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, two unknown male suspects entered the EZ Way Drive Thru, located on 34th Street NW in Winter Haven, armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun, and an aluminum baseball bat. After robbing the two store clerks of cash and cigarettes, the suspects fled on foot, jumping a fence behind the business.

One suspect is described as 5`10" to 6` tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a brown short-sleeved shirt, and blue latex gloves. His head was covered in black.

The other suspect is described as 6` to 6`2" tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a long-sleeved black shirt, blue latex gloves, and a brown ski mask.

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3/13/2015 - Grand Theft of Rings, K-Mart, 4717 S. Florida Av, Lakeland

Do you recognize this guy? Around 7:45 p.m. on Monday, March 9th, he reached over the counter at Kmart located at 4717 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland and stole 21 diamond rings, valued at over $37,000.

The suspect appears to be wearing a ballcap, black shirt, gray shorts, white socks, and black sandals. After the theft, the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visitwww.tipsoft.com.

 

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3/13/2015 - Theft of Cameras, Highlander Date, 2505 SR 60, Lake Wales

PCSO detectives are seeking the public`s help in the theft of surveillance cameras from a business in Lake Wales.

Between late January and early March 2015, an unknown suspect entered into the locked business Highlander Data, located at 2505 SR 60 in Lake Wales, and removed the exterior iSmart surveillance camera system on three separate occasions. A video of the suspect can be seen here. Another video from an earlier incident can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fpEPuthwkA

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visit www.tipsoft.com.


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3/12/2015 - Burglary, 4283 Ashton Club Dr.l lake Wales

On February 8, 2015 the Lake Wales Police Department began working a residential burglary investigation at 4283 Ashton Club Dr. The intruder forced open a sliding glass door, entered the residence, and stole several expensive jewelry items. The vehicle in the photographs was reported to have picked up an unidentified person at the residence on the same date as the burglary.

Anyone having information on whom this vehicle belongs to or anyone who has information about the burglary is asked to contact Detective Stephanie Goreck at (863) 678-4223 extension 269.

To remain anonymouus and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

 

 

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3/12/2015 - Theft of Purses, TJ Maxx, 4022 Highway 98 North, Lakeland

Need to identify the (2) subjects pictured who took (8) Michael Kors purses from TJ Maxx, 4023 Highway 98 N, on Saturday February 21, 2015 between 5:00 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.

Subject #1 is described as a black male, medium build, last seen wearing a white jersey with stripes and #75 on it, white pants with red and blue spots on the shins, white shoes, baseball cap, dark sunglasses, and studs in both ears.

Subject #2 is described as a black male, thin build, shoulder length dreadlocks, last seen wearing sunglasses, camo pants, and boots.

Both subjects fled in a black 4 door Chevy Cruze.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact Lakeland Police Detective Dustin Fetz at 863-834-8993, 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# 15-4251 - Detective Fetz - Bulletin CS #15-11

 

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3/12/2015 - Armed Robbery, EZ Way Drive Thru, 34th St NW, Winter Haven

Polk County Sheriff`s Office:

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, two unknown male suspects entered the EZ Way Drive Thru, located on 34th Street NW in Winter Haven, armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun, and an aluminum baseball bat. After robbing the two store clerks of cash and cigarettes, the suspects fled on foot, jumping a fence behind the business.

One suspect is described as 5`10" to 6` tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a brown short-sleeved shirt, and blue latex gloves. His head was covered in black.

The other suspect is described as 6` to 6`2" tall, 200 lbs., wearing black pants and shoes, a long-sleeved black shirt, blue latex gloves, and a brown ski mask.

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3/9/2015 - Theft of Cell Phone, Pipkin Road Quick Stop, 1155 W. Pipkin Rd, Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in the theft of a cell phone. 
At approximately 9:45 P.M., on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, an unknown suspect took a brand new, black Samsung S4 smart phone from the counter of the Pipkin Road Quick Stop, located at 1155 West Pipkin Road in Lakeland.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’ 10” tall, 170 pounds, wearing a white Ecko collared shirt, and blue jeans. The subject has numerous tattoos on his left arm. The suspect is approximately 30 years old.

The suspect was last seen leaving the parking lot of the store in a small silver in color car, unknown make, model, or tag number.

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

PCSO Detective Steve Baggett, 863-577-1631.

 

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3/9/2015 - Robbery, Prima Store, Hwy 60 and County Line Rd, LakelandARRESTED

UPDATE: The suspect in the image has been identified as 18-year-old Gregory Leon Ragins of Plant City.

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Aggravated Battery and Armed Robbery investigation.

Shortly before 9:00 pm, on Friday, March 6, 2015, a black male entered the Prima Store located at Highway 60 and County Line Road, Lakeland, and made a purchase. The subject exited the store and appeared to get into the driver’s side seat of a black, newer model Toyota Corolla or similar body-style car. A witness leaving the store observed the suspect vehicle’s door ajar and noticed the black male holding a handgun. The witness turned and attempted to run back into the store when he was shot in the leg. The suspect fled the scene traveling east on Highway 60. The witness was treated and released from an area hospital.

Moments later, a vehicle matching the same description previously mentioned, pulled into the parking lot of the Hess Gas Station located at 4785 State Road 60 W. The passenger in the car approached a second victim and pointed a small silver handgun at him and demanded money. After taking property from the victim, the suspect reentered the passenger side of the vehicle which then fled west on highway 60.

The Prima Store Aggravated Battery suspect is described as being approximately 19-years-of-age, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He wore a black jacket, blue pants, black “Hood Rich All Stars” t-shirt and black rag was wrapped around his head. His image was captured on video surveillance and is attached to this bulletin.

The Hess Station suspect is described as being in his early 20s, approximately 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 160 pounds. He wore a dark sleeveless undershirt, dark shorts and also wore a black rag wrapped around his head.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective K. Smith at 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 ONTO www.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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