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Attempt to Identify – Strong Arm Robbery Suspect

On January 16, 2015, at approximately 8:40 a.m., an unidentified male entered the Race Trac at 2750 N Road 98 and began concealing household cleaning and other products in his jacket. The employees of the store observed his actions and blocked the door in an attempt to prevent the suspect from leaving. The suspect forcibly pushed the employees away from the door and fled on a blue or green bicycle in a northeasterly direction. The suspect stole approximately $75 worth of products.

The suspect is described as a black male, 45-55 years of age, approximately 5’9”-6’ in height with an average build and a full beard. The suspect was wearing a dark green jacket with a hood with a black sweatshirt underneath, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact Lakeland Police Detective Nicole Cain at 863-834-8957, 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 #15-1125               Detective Cain               Bulletin CS #15-06



Attempt to Identify – Grand Theft Suspect

On Monday, February 9, 2015, an unidentified male entered the Eye Express located at 1251 Lakeland Hills Boulevard and removed 3 pairs of Oakley frames. The merchandise is valued at approximately $600.00.

The subject is described as a black male, unknown age, 6’01” - 6’03”, last seen wearing a Miami Heat logo baseball cap, a light colored collared shirt, dark pants, and grey shoes.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact Lakeland Police Detective Dustin Fetz at (863)834-8993, 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 #15-2796       Detective Fetz       Bulletin CS #15-05



The Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chambers,  located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. We will be introducing the new Assistant Chief Tony Kirk. This will be an opportunity to hear from him and ask questions.  

Please note that the change in location for the Chief’s Chat from the Police Department to City Hall Commission Chambers is due to Chief Giddens earlier swearing n ceremony and to accommodate the overflow in attendance.

Date: March 2nd, 2015

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: City Hall Commission Chambers, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue.


Lakeland Police will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Chief Larry Giddens on Monday, March 2, 2015, at City Hall Commission Chambers, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida at 4:00 p.m. Chief Giddens will be introduced by City Manager Doug Thomas.

The swearing in ceremony will be streaming live on the City of Lakeland website and televised at a later date on our Lakeland Government Network, Channel 43 for Verizon FiOs and 643 for Brighthouse. The public and media are invited to attend. Due to limited space in City Hall we may need to utilize a pool camera if there is a large media attendance.

There will be a Meet and Greet reception at this location for City of Lakeland employees following the swearing in and the media is invited to attend as well. Chief Giddens will be available to answer media questions at the beginning of the reception. Time allowed for formal media questions will be limited as this event is designed to be a casual and warm welcome for our new Chief.