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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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11/21/2014 - Fraud/Forgery, Hess GasStation, 3117 S. Florid Ave, Lakeland

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY – FRAUD/FORGERY SUSPECTS

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at approximately 11:57 a.m., there were two purchases made from the Hess Gas Station at 3117 S Florida Avenue with the victims credit/debit card. 

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify 2 subjects who were possibly involved in this incident.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to 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.

LPD Event #14-23701 Detective Strickland

 

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11/21/2014 - Burglary, North Lakeland Elementary, 410 W. Robson Rd, Lakeland

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY – BUSINESS BURGLARY SUSPECTS

In early November, a business burglary occurred at North Lakeland Elementary School, 410 W Robson Street in Lakeland. Police need help in identifying 2 subjects in connection with this incident.

Subject 1 is described as a white male, last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt with an unknown image on the front, grey shorts, and dark shoes.

Subject 2 is described as a black male, wearing a black t shirt, red shorts, and dark shoes.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to 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.

LPD Event #14-22990 Detective Fetz

 

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11/21/2014 - Fraud, Wal Mart, 7450 Cypres Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Can you identify this female? On Nov. 13, 2014 she entered Wal Mart at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and used a fraudulent receipt to get cash for returned items she chose off the shelves. She fled in the Silver Honda pictured. Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Detective Samantha Phillips at 863-401-2256 or send a private inbox message to this page.

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11/17/2014 - Theft of Generators, Frostproof

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

Sometime between Friday, November 14, 2014, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, two Honda motors were taken from fertilizer transport trailers parked at different locations in Frostproof.

The thefts occurred in the areas of Riddle Road and Stonemont Road; and Hopson and Keen Griffin Road.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jay Scarborough at 863-534-7205, or 863-298-6200.

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 our home page.

 

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11/14/2014 - Attempted Theft, Publix, Davenport

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Attempted Retail Theft investigation.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, a white female entered the Publix Supermarkets Sand Mine Road store in Davenport and removedmerchandise from the store without paying.

The suspect, described as wearing a two-tone pull over shirt and dark capris pants, was carrying a large red or bright pink bag. She selected five DVD movies and concealed them in her purse. 

The suspect then exited the business without paying for the merchandise. The store manager followed the suspect outside the business and confronted her about the concealed merchandise. The suspect threw the DVD’s on the ground and fled the business. The stolen merchandise was recovered. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to Detective Bardwell at 863-236-3933, 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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11/11/2014 - Stolen Credit Card, Lake Wales

Lake Wales Police Department: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (Stolen).
The Lake Wales Police Department is conducting an investigation where the unidentified person in these photographs used a stolen credit card at RaceTrac and Winn Dixie in Lake Wales. The credit card was stolen from Cape Coral but used in Lake Wales on September 14, 2014 to purchase $108.13 worth of merchandise from the two stores. The suspect was possibly driving a white Ford Explorer.

Anyone who knows the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective Mike Yodonis at (863) 678-4223 extension 276.

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

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11/10/2014 - Homicide,Crestmore Drive, Lake Placid

Photo: UPDATE.......Highlands County Sheriff`s Office.

HOMICIDE VICTIM: Johnny Trevor Jackson, 20 years of age.
Location of shooting: Crestmore Drive, Lake Placid (Highway Park area)

At approximately 3:30AM today Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Florida Hospital Lake Placid where two people were being treated for gunshot wounds. Further investigation revealed the incident took place on/near Crestmore Drive in the Highway Park area of Lake Placid. 

Johnny Trevor Jackson, 20 years of age, of Clewiston passed away of injuries suffered in this incident. The investigation is ongoing and there are no further details to be released at this time. We will update as more information becomes available.

The  Highlands County Sheriff’s Office received calls from the area of Highway Park on Crestmore Drive at approximately 3:30 am this morning (11-10-14); a male caller saying someone has been shot, “get here quick” and immediately disconnected. Within minutes calls came from Florida Hospital Lake Placid that they had patients with gunshots wounds.

Deputies responded to both locations. At the hospital there were two persons with gunshot wounds; Johnny Trevor was in critical condition and died. The other, Dejaveyon Gray, 22, address unknown, was transported to Tampa for further treatment and is in stable condition. At the scene of the shooting, 126 Crestmore Drive, deputies found chaos; people running and crying. They learned that all of a sudden shots were being fired and people went in every direction, even jumping out of windows. The scene was secured and detectives arrived.

Throughout the day today, crime scene personnel have scoured the site and have located numerous used shell casings from various firearms. Thus far at least three different caliber firearms have been identified. Additionally, this afternoon a third person, Ivey Williams, Jr. 20 of Lake Placid presented at Florida Hospital with a gunshot wound. He was also at the Barber Shop on Crestmore Drive early this morning. He was treated and released.

We have learned that the Barber Shop has become an after party site when Highway Park Liquor shuts down according to the law at 2:00 am, especially on Sunday nights, charging an admission fee and illegally selling alcohol. In addition to the shooting investigation and working towards identifying the shooters, we will be working on the administrative front with our county zoning partners as well as state alcohol/tobacco officers to address the illegal operation of this after hour’s club.

 

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11/10/2014 - Vandalism to Mailboxes, Morris Drive and Warfield Dr, Gordon Heights

The Polk County Sheriff`s Office is asking for your help in identifying the person(s) responsible for vandalizing numerous mailboxes in the Gordon Heights area (2900 block of Morris Drive and 2900 block of Warfield Drive). 

If you have any information as to who is involved in these vandalisms, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab. You will remain anonymous and if your tip results in an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward!

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10/29/2014 - Theft, Circle K, 7695 Hwy 60 East, Bartow

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in a Theft investigation. 
At approximately 10:04 am, on Friday, October 17, 2014, an unknown white female removed a product scanner from the Circle K Store located at 7695 Highway 60 East in Bartow. 

The handheld computer device is used to scan, track, and print receipts for Coca Cola products. The device was in a black bag with a shoulder strap; which the suspect picked up and carried out of the store. 

She is described as having shoulder length white or blonde hair, and was wearing a light colored or white tank top shirt and dark colored shorts. She is believed to have left the store in a Chevrolet Tahoe. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Thomas Lockard at 863-678-4115, or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartand Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

 

Photo: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in a Theft investigation.  
At approximately 10:04 am, on Friday, October 17, 2014, an unknown white female removed a product scanner from the Circle K Store located at 7695 Highway 60 East in Bartow.  

The handheld computer device is used to scan, track, and print receipts for Coca Cola products. The device was in a black bag with a shoulder strap; which the suspect picked up and carried out of the store.   

She is described as having shoulder length white or blonde hair, and was wearing a light colored or white tank top shirt and dark colored shorts.  She is believed to have left the store in a Chevrolet Tahoe.    

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Thomas Lockard at 863-678-4115, or 863.298.6200.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartand Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

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10/29/2014 - Wanted for Murder, Lakeland

On March 31, 2014 at 7:55 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received a call in reference to an adult male found deceased in a ditch in the area of 1100 Hodges Road. The deceased male was identified as Demetrice Tavontate Stacy, B/M, DOB 9/14/91, 1437 North Webster Avenue, Lakeland, Fla. The autopsy revealed the victim died of multiple gunshots wounds. 

Evidence at the scene revealed that Stacy had been transported to the address on Hodges Road from another location. The Violent Crimes Detectives determined that the homicide occurred at 526 W. Myrtle Street. On April 3rd, the residence at this location was destroyed by arson.

During the investigation, detectives were hindered by witnesses who refused to cooperate or provide any statements. Detectives developed a suspect and a Grand Jury convened on October 16 at which time an indictment was received. During the Grand Jury, two witnesses who testified were charged with perjury in an official proceeding related to a capital felony. Those witnesses have been identified as; Marcus Andrews, 10/20/89 and Ian Young, 2/19/87. Both remain in jail as of this date. 

The suspect, Marquell Rashad “Shad” Howard, DOB 11/28/84, was indicted on the below listed charges:

1. First Degree Murder 
2. Tampering with a witness (2cts)
3. Aggravated Assault with a firearm
4. Tampering with physical evidence
5. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Howard is 5’6”, 160 lbs and his dreads may have been cut. He may possibly be driving a 2002 Ford explorer, 4 door, listed as gray but appears gold/champagne in color. The tag # is 239-1JE and he has been seen recently driving this vehicle. His last known address is 1550 11th Street NE, Winter Haven. 

Howard is known to be in possession of firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have seen Howard or know where he is, please call Detective Brian Wallace with the Lakeland Police Department at 834-8968, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anyone with information that helps locate Shad Howard can call Heartland Crime Stoppers, remain anonymous, and would be eligible for a CASH reward.

 

Photo: On March 31, 2014 at 7:55 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received a call in reference to an adult male found deceased in a ditch in the area of 1100 Hodges Road. The deceased male was identified as Demetrice Tavontate Stacy, B/M, DOB 9/14/91, 1437 North Webster Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.  The autopsy revealed the victim died of multiple gunshots wounds. 

Evidence at the scene revealed that Stacy had been transported to the address on Hodges Road from another location. The Violent Crimes Detectives determined that the homicide occurred at 526 W. Myrtle Street. On April 3rd, the residence at this location was destroyed by arsson.

During the investigation, detectives were hindered by witnesses who refused to cooperate or provide any statements. Detectives developed a suspect and a Grand Jury convened on October 16 at which time an indictment was received. During the Grand Jury, two witnesses who testified were charged with perjury in an official proceeding related to a capital felony. Those witnesses have been identified as; Marcus Andrews, 10/20/89 and Ian Young, 2/19/87. Both remain in jail as of this date. 

The suspect, Marquell Rashad “Shad”  Howard, DOB 11/28/84, was indicted on the below listed charges:

1. First Degree Murder 
2. Tampering with a witness (2cts)
3. Aggravated Assault with a firearm
4. Tampering with physical evidence
5. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Howard is 5’6”, 160 lbs and his dreads may have been cut. He may possibly be driving a 2002 Ford explorer, 4 door, listed as gray but appears gold/champagne in color. The tag # is 239-1JE and he has been seen recently driving this vehicle. His last known address is 1550 11th Street NE, Winter Haven. 

Howard is known to be in possession of firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous.  If you have seen Howard or know where he is, please call Detective Brian Wallace with the Lakeland Police Department at 834-8968, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).  Anyone with information that helps locate Shad Howard can call Heartland Crime Stoppers, remain anonymous, and would be eligible for a CASH reward.

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10/28/2014 - Shoplifting, Publix, 1090 Spirit Lake Rd, Winter Haven

Polk County Sheriff`s Office:

PCSO detectives are seeking the public`s help in identifying a suspect wanted in a retail theft.

Around 3:35 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, the suspect seen here in video surveillance walked into the Publix store located at 1090 Spirit Lake Road in Winter Haven and concealed over $400 worth of Gillette razor blades in a green reusable Publix bag. The suspect then walked out of the store without paying for the items.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30`s, 5`10", possibly of Middle Eastern descent, between 300-400 lbs., wearing a grey Tshirt, camouflage shorts, with balding hair and an unshaven face. He left the scene in a 1997-2001 model gold Toyota Camry.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect, they are urged to contact Detective Aaron Kretzer at 863-297-1111.

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: Polk County Sheriff`s Office:

PCSO detectives are seeking the public`s help in identifying a suspect wanted in a retail theft.

Around 3:35 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, the suspect seen here in video surveillance walked into the Publix store located at 1090 Spirit Lake Road in Winter Haven and concealed over $400 worth of Gillette razor blades in a green reusable Publix bag. The suspect then walked out of the store without paying for the items.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30`s, 5`10", possibly of Middle Eastern descent, between 300-400 lbs., wearing a grey Tshirt, camouflage shorts, with balding hair and an unshaven face. He left the scene in a 1997-2001 model gold Toyota Camry.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect, they are urged to contact Detective Aaron Kretzer at 863-297-1111.

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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10/27/2014 - Theft of Ouboard Motors, Blue Lake/Lake Starr area, Eastern Polk County

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help with multiple thefts in the Lake Wales area. 

Since September 2014, there have been several incidents in which outboard motors have been removed from boats docked in water. 
The areas targeted include Blue Lake and Lake Starr. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Goreck at 863-678-4115, or 863.298.6200.

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10/24/2014 - Shoplifting, Wal Mart, 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

Help Identify Suspect in Walmart Theft
The below pictured suspect entered Walmart located at 7450 Cypress Gardens Boulevard on 10-20-14 around 3:50 p.m. He selected numerous items to include: produce, two mini stereo systems, PlayStation Vita game case, PlayStation 3 controller and PlayStation access cords. He then proceeded to leave the store without any attempt to pay for the items. Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Photo: Help Identify Suspect in Walmart Theft
The below pictured suspect entered Walmart located at 7450 Cypress Gardens Boulevard on 10-20-14 around 3:50 p.m.  He selected numerous items to include: produce, two mini stereo systems, PlayStation Vita game case, PlayStation 3 controller and PlayStation access cords.  He then proceeded to leave the store without any attempt to pay for the items.  Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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10/24/2014 - Robbery, Ramada Inn, 3260 Highway 98 North, Lakeland

Ramada Inn Armed Robbery

On October 21, 2014 at approximately 1:47 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Ramada Inn, 3260 Highway 98 North. The on-duty clerk advised that three (3) masked men rushed through the front door of the hotel and demanded him to turn around, shut up and face the wall. The clerk said they then demanded money from the register and he handed them the cash drawer. The three suspects fled out the front door in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured in the robbery. 

A video surveillance system captured the robbery as well as the suspects’ vehicle. The vehicle is described as a; silver or gold colored Ford F150 crew cab with chrome (long) steps with a sliding rear window. 

Suspect #1 - was 6’, skinny, wearing a black hoodie, tan pants, black mask, and gloves and armed with a small handgun.

Subject #2 - was 6’, skinny, wearing black pants, black hoodie and a white Halloween mask (possibly a “Scream” mask), white gloves and armed with a small silver handgun.

Subject #3 - was 6’, heavyset - 200-220 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, black pants and gloves.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-8978, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Heartland Crime Stoppers.

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10/23/2014 - Theft, Red Geranium, Winter Haven
Winter Haven Police Department:

Do you recognize either of these two people? They were in the Red Geranium in downtown Winter Haven on 10-15-14 around 3:15 p.m. The female walked over to a display and placed an item inside of her purse. She concealed that item and then walked out of the store without any attempt to pay. 

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:
 

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