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Man who stole deputy's purse has been arrested

Winter Haven, Florida -- The man who mugged an off-duty deputy of her purse which contained department-issued items at a grocery store has been arrested.

Police identify suspect who mugged an off-duty deputy

Winter Haven, Florida -- A man's birthday may end with him in jail if Winter Haven Police are able to find him. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of just-turned 22-year-old Damarius Matthews for robbing an off-duty deputy on the evening of May 18.

Police say around 6:55 p.m., Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Regina Hulverson was walking into the Publix in the 800 block of Cypress Gardens Boulevard when Matthews came up and snatched her purse which contained her department-issued badge and credentials along with her gun that was secured in a holster.

Prostitution suspects arrested after posing with guns

Lakeland, Florida -- Two women previously arrested in an undercover prostitution sting are back in jail after they posted pictures of themselves with guns on their social media sites.

Polk County Sheriff's detectives say once they saw they pictures they notified the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and then arrested 25-year-old Brittany Dodd and 27-year-old Maylee Rossi.

Lakeland bank robber sought

Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank on the morning of Monday, May 13.

Detectives say the man walked into the bank in the 4400 block of S. Florida Avenue around 11:15 a.m. and while armed with a handgun ordered everyone to the ground.

He then took off with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen heading south on foot.

Polk Sheriff: 92 arrested in online prostitution bust

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says nearly 100 people have been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation.

Deputies say a total of 92 people were arrested for offering to commit lewdness, along with other charges. The suspects allegedly responded to online ads posted by undercover detectives posing as prostitutes, or the suspects were prostitutes themselves who posted ads and came to the undercover location, offering their services.

The arrests include:

Cops: Polk bus driver stages fight between 2 students

Polk County, Florida -- A Polk County school bus driver has been arrested for allegedly forcing two students to fight outside her home Thursday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says 29-year-old Patrice Sanders of Lakeland drove a busload of middle and high school students to her house and staged a fight between two of them in her front yard.

Update: Man ties up elderly woman in her home, steals her car

Auburndale, Florida -- Auburndale Police officers are still searching for a man who tied up a 92-year-old woman in her home but they have found the stolen car. 

Police say Margaret Bair was working in her yard around 9:00 a.m. on May 9 when a man walked up to her door and went inside. The man tried to get Bair to come inside the house with him but she refused.

He then grabbed Bair into the house and tied her up with tape as he rummaged through the home.