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On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 5:48 a.m., an unknown suspect entered through the shattered window on the entry door at Verizon Wireless, 1494 Town Center Boulevard.

Video surveillance shows a black male with a hooded sweatshirt walking to the rear of the business and into the back office. He selected a few items and then walked towards the entry door. As he approached the entry door, he took two Apple phones that were display models and then exited the business.

During the burglary, the suspect is holding a tool with a handle on it. It may be an ax or sledge hammer.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual 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 #14-5574              Detective Robertson


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, an unknown white male used the victim’s debit card to purchase items at Walgreen’s, 311 E. Memorial.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a white hat, black t-shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual 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 #14-8645              Detective O’Neill


On Monday, March 3, 2014, at approximately 7:50 p.m. an unknown male entered the Ulta, 3615 S Florida Avenue #320, and selected several bottles of perfume/cologne and left without paying for them.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Black male, 25-30 years of age, 5’7-5’8”, 150-155 lbs., wearing a black hat, white/black jacket, and black jeans. When he fled, he entered a candy apple red two door vehicle.

Anyone with information on the identification of this person 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 #14-4616              Detective Bailey


On April 27, at 6:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 842 North Brunnell Parkway in reference to a shooting. The victim, Mark Rhodes, 16, was walking southbound on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Brunnell Parkway when a vehicle drove by heading northbound and fired several shots at the victim. Rhodes could not identify anyone in the vehicle which is described as a small silver sedan.  A nearby witness observed a subject hanging out the rear passenger window with a gun pointing in his direction. Rhodes realized he had been shot once in the chest at which time he ran to a nearby family members house who transported him to the hospital. Rhodes condition is unknown at this time. It is unknown if this was a gang related shooting at this time. Anyone with additional information can call 863.834.6900.