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Suspect wanted in Family Dollar robbery in Winter Haven

Suspect wanted in Family Dollar robbery in Winter Haven

Winter Haven, FL -- Tonight, police are searching for an armed robbery suspect in the Avenue T, NE area of Winter Haven.

The suspect entered the Family Dollar in the 200 block of Avenue T, NE, showed a gun, then demanded money. The suspect then took off with an unknown amount of money.

He is described to be 5'9"-6'0", 150 to 180 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and scruffy facial hair. He was last seen wearing jeans, gray sweatshirt and sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 800-226-TIPS.

SWAT standoff in Polk county ends peacefully

SWAT standoff in Polk county ends peacefully

Winter Haven, FL - A burglary, grand theft, and fraud suspect barricaded himself in a Winter Haven home yesterday, which turned into a six-hour standoff with Polk county SWAT team officers that ultimately ended peacefully.

43-year-old Kevin Bruce Stone locked himself, unarmed, in his former home at 8:00 a.m., which he had been ordered to stay away from by a judge on Friday. Multiple cans of tear gas were fired into the residence before the SWAT team officers entered around 2:00 p.m. and forced Stone out and took him to the Polk County Jail.

Update: Orange grove body identified

Update: Orange grove body identified

Haines City, FL - Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives are conducting a death investigation centered around a deceased body found in a Haines City orange grove by the grove owner's son on the afternoon of December 15, 2010.

The deceased victim has been identified by detectives. The release of his name is pending next of kin notification. During the investigation, detectives determined that the victim had been staying at the State Motel located at 35509 Hwy. 27N in Haines City.

Surveillance video from the motel showed that during the morning hours of December 15, 2010 the victim and another unknown Hispanic male in a red sweatshirt (pictured above) arrived in a small unknown model red four door vehicle and rented a room.

Man's body found in orange grove

Man's body found in orange grove

Haines City, FL - Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrived to a citrus grove near Haines City on the afternoon of Dec. 15, when the deceased body of an unidentified Hispanic male was found. The Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the the death, which is being considered a homicide, and an autopsy will be completed today.

The body was found near Water Tank Road, near Bice Grove Road, and the PCSO Homicide Unit has only said that "the circumstances of the death are suspicious."

$500,000 stolen from city of Lake Wales

$500,000 stolen from city of Lake Wales

Lake Wales, Florida - Officials are trying to figure out who stole roughly $500,000 from the city's coffers.

An accountant with the Lake Wales finance department discovered the money missing last week.

Police say the money was stolen electronically through at least 2 different automated withdrawals.

So far officials say they are not ruling anyone out, including city staff or people who work at the bank where the money was kept.

"Basically it's just an ongoing investigation and we're going to work non-stop on it until we find out who did this," said Sgt. Mark Stroup of the Lake Wales Police Department.

Officials say changes have been made to prevent any additional money from being stolen the same way.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting with the investigation.

Warrant issued for Dollar Store robbery suspect

Warrant issued for Dollar Store robbery suspect

Winter Haven, Florida -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the man detectives say robbed the Dollar Store in Winter Haven on Monday, pistol-whipping the manager during a job interview.

"An anonymous caller who saw the video surveillance photos of the robbery published by the local media called PCSO and told them the suspect was possibly Willie Earl Carter of Winter Haven," the Polk County sheriff's office said tonight.

Follow-up investigation led to the positive identification of Carter as the suspect, detectives said. His last known address was within walking distance of the store.

Carter had been arrested twice before for armed robbery, and detectives hope anyone who sees him will contact them at (863)-298-6200.

 

Clerk shot in Circle K robbery

Clerk shot in Circle K robbery

Lakeland, Florida-  Polk deputies are investigating an early morning robbery at the Circle K at Deeson Road and Lewellyn Road in north Lakeland.  Two suspects entered the store around 4:15a.m. armed with a small silver revolver.

One of the suspects jumped the counter and confronted the victim.  The suspects ordered the victim to give them money from the safe. 

As the victim was complying with the demands of the suspects, the suspect armed with the gun fired one round, striking the victim in the hand. 

The suspects fled the scene and ran to a waiting vehicle that was parked west of the store.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1: Black male, approximately 5'10" - 5'11", thin to medium build, blue jeans, gray sweatshirt and white hat. The suspect had long dreads and was armed with a silver/chrome revolver.