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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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4/17/2014 - 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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4/10/2014 - Wanted Fugitives
WANTED: Melinda AKA "Flaca" Baker, and her boyfriend, Damaso AKA "Jonathan Castillo" Lugo. They both have Polk County Warrants for Conspiracy to Traffic in Methamphetamine over 28 grams, Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 28 grams, and Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device.

The pair may be in the Wabash area of Polk County. Baker is 5`11", 175 lbs., and Lugo is 5`5", 135-150 lbs. They are to be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

They were among 25 suspects identified during a large-scale Methamphetamine trafficking operation. Click here to read the news release: http://bit.ly/1k94qim.

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 ONTOwww.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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4/9/2014 - Bank Robbery, TD Bank, 901 Cypress Gardens Blvd, SE, Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police are currently working a holdup at TD Bank, 901 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SE, Winter Haven.
At approximately 3 pm, a white male entered the bank handing a note to the teller demanding cash.
The suspect was last seen barefoot, wearing a gray sweater, dark sweat pants and a doo rag on his head. He has long hair,approximately 6`1" medium build.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Further updates will be given as they are available.

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4/8/2014 - Armed Robbery (Personal) Tangerine Circle, Haines City

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 2230 hours in the area of 1107 Tangerine Circle, Haines City, Florida, 2 black males approached a vehicle occupied by the victims. The victims were ordered out of the vehicle and robbed at gunpoint.

Suspect 1 – B/M 5’10” in height, thin build, wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes. Suspect has a low box/fade haircut and appears to be in his late teens to early twenties. Armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. 

Suspect 2 – B/M 5’8 in height, thin build, wearing a navy blue shirt, red basketball shorts, with medium length dreadlocks (to his chin). Suspect appears to be in his late teens to early twenties.

Once the victim’s property was taken, he told the victims to leave, which they did. 

No injuries were reported. The suspects ran off in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Chris Colon at 863-421-3636 ext 239 or 863-242-2188.

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 the "Give-A-Tip" tab on this site.

 

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4/8/2014 - Shoplifting,Dollar General, 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd, Lake Hamilton

LHPD is currently investigating a retail theft that occurred on 04/04/14 at approx. 1530 hrs at the Dollar General located at 101 Lake Hatchineha Rd Lake Hamilton, FL 33851.

The suspect is a white female approx. 25 to 35 years of age with blonde or light brown hair, light completion and approx. 170 lbs. to 220 lbs. the suspect is seen with a small child that is wearing a school uniform of a dark blue t-shirt with a unknown school logo (possible Sandhill Elementary Crain logo) and kaki skirt.

Please review the attached photos of the suspect and contact Chief Jagniszak at the Lake Hamilton Police Department at 863.439.1561 or at jagniszakl@townoflakehamilton.com if you can assist in identifying the suspect.

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.

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4/6/2014 - Armed Robbery, Azelea Court, Lakeland
PCSO Robbery detectives are seeking the public`s help in identifying the suspects responsible for an armed robbery that occurred on Azalea Court in Lakeland. 

Around 10:00 p.m. on April 4, 2014, the victim was walking home along Azalea Court in Lakeland when she was approaced by a 2003-2006 model white Toyota Scion XB. The driver of the suspect vehicle was a black female and the suspects were two black males - one wearing all black clothing and a black mask, the other wearing a white shirt and light shorts. During the incident, the victim was robbed at gunpoint after the suspects exited the above-mentioned vehicle. The victim was not injured during this incident. 

If you have information about the identity of the suspects or information about the suspect vehicle you can contact Detective Alan Hogan at 863-298-6929 or crime stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.
 

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4/4/2014 - Homicide, Lupita Grocery, Lake Placid
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On Friday, March 28, 2014 at approximately 11:00PM, Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Palm Beach Street in Lake Placid, in the vicinity of the Lupita Grocery, after a 911 call indicated someone was lying on the ground with a head injury. Upon arrival, deputies found a man lying on a dirt trail behind the store, badly injured. The victim was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital where he later passed away due to the injuries he sustained. 

Highlands County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating this incident as a homicide and are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen what happened in the area of the Lupita Grocery during the late evening hours last Friday. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact Detective Nathan Coogan of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit at 863-402-7341 or 863-402-7250. 

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.00 is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on the left side this page.

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