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On March 2nd, the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Sunglass Hut, 1481 Town Center Drive. The store manager advised that she arrived to work at 9:55am and discovered that the front door was damaged and that and she could see that the store inventory of designer glasses were missing. Unknown culprit(s) removed the glasses from the display racks. $119,000.00 in merchandise was stolen.

The alarm system was damaged with parts of it located on the floor.  The alarm was set the previous day according to a representative however it did not activate during the burglary. Detective are following up on the burglary and reviewing evidence at this time. The store is closed at this time. 


Lakeland Police is still in 1st place for a Social Media Award with our LakelandPD – Up Close video thanks to your votes.  The City of SHAKOPEE in Minnesota, population of around 40,000 has a video in second place catching up on us quickly. Lakeland, with a population of over 100,000 we need your votes to win this Government Social Media Award.  

Our video highlights officer involved shootings and they lasting affects it can have on an officer, their family and community. With LPd having three recent officer involved shootings and now last night’s shooting of two Lake Wales officers, its perfect timing to get this message out.

Please take the time to vote today or tomorrow. Look for: City of Lakeland – Officer involved shootings.

Voting ends this Friday.

http://conference.governmentsocialmedia.com/golden-post-awards/award-category-social-media-campaign/

 


The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the shooting of an armed sexual battery suspect. There is no additional information at this time as to why David Cuevas was allowed to bond out in Pennsylvania.

Cuevas checked in at the Crestwood Suite Extended Stay Hotel, 4360 Lakeland Park Dr, Lakeland. This is within 2 blocks of the location he decided to meet the victim at which was Lake Gibson Park. A search of his hotel room revealed a duffel bag with rope, duct tape, chains, stun gun, and leg restraints.

Also located in his vehicle (Nissan Xterra) that he drove Lake Gibson Park were 725 9mm rounds, additional leg restraints, two (2) pair of handcuffs, knife and binoculars.

A search of Cuevas revealed that he had four (4) loaded magazines for his 9mm handgun in his rear pocket. It is apparent that this violent offender was intent of committing yet another senseless crime which possibly would have been the abduction and murder of the victim had not our detectives intervened. Our detectives did an outstanding job getting this dangerous felon off the streets and interrupting his goal to comment another crime.

Detectives stated that after Cuevas bonded out of Pennsylvania and prior to arriving in Lakeland, he had the victim’s name tattooed on him indicating his obsession with her.

The shooting can be described as a running gun battle as detectives gave chase and observed Cuevas turn and pulled a loaded firearm from his waist band. While running, the detectives fired a total of 18 rounds hitting Cuevas 7 times. No one else was injured during this incident. 



The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2015 thru March 14, 2015 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt.  The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety.

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:

·        To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen ( 18 ) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or

·        To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt.

·        It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18 ) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

 The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.