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Lakeland Police Investigating Strong Arm Robbery

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, at approximately 2:37 p.m., two individuals entered the Mark Twain Smoke Shop, 124 West Main Street, and committed a strong arm robbery. During the robbery, the 76-year-old female owner was battered by the black male depicted in the images, receiving non-life threatening injuries. The black male was accompanied by the lighter-skinned male inside the business. The suspects were able to escape with a total of $18.00.  

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals 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.



UPDATE – CITIZENS BANK & TRUST ROBBERY

On August 14, 2014 Crime Scene Technicians developed latent prints from yesterday’s bank robbery at Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood. Darryl Robinson, B/M, 54, was identified in our Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). 

Detective Pough obtained an arrest warrant for Darryl Robinson on the charge of “Robbery of a Financial Institution”. Efforts to locate the suspect are continuing at this time. 

Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Robinson 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.


***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

On August 13th, at 1:02 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred.  The suspect was described as a black male between 50-60 years of age.  He was estimated to be 5’07” – 5’09” and 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a dark color (possible blue) baseball cap, a Polk State grey colored tee shirt, dark short pants, white socks, and dark shoes.

The suspect entered the business about 30 minutes prior to the incident, inquiring about a new account.  He was greeted by staff, provided with information about the bank’s services, and departure.  He returned demanded an undisclosed amount of money and indicated he had a weapon however no weapon was seen.  After he exited the bank, he was last seen walking west in the parking lot and no one saw him get into a vehicle.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Stacey Pough at (863)834-8978 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477.



On August 13th, at 1:02 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred.  The suspect was described as a black male between 50-60 years of age.  He was estimated to be 5’07” – 5’09” and 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a dark color (possible blue) baseball cap, a Polk State grey colored tee shirt, dark short pants, white socks, and dark shoes.

 

The suspect entered the business about 30 minutes prior to the incident, inquiring about a new account.  He was greeted by staff, provided with information about the bank’s services, and departure.  He returned demanded an undisclosed amount of money and indicated he had a weapon however no weapon was seen.  After he exited the bank, he was last seen walking west in the parking lot.

 

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Stacey Pough at (863)834-8978 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477


Lakeland Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day campaign. Officers will increase their patrols to specifically look for drunk drivers on our roadways. The stepped up enforcement runs from August 13, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. 

The Labor Day holiday is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk drivers. 

The Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe celebration:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
•  Before drinking, designate a sober, ‘non drinking’ driver.
•  If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report drunk drivers, Call 911.
•  And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

For more information on the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.