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On January 31, 2014, at approximately 6:31 p.m., Officer Nicholas Pollice was on duty and driving in a marked police car in a non-emergency mode when he was involved in an accident. Officer Pollice was southbound on Massachusetts Avenue at the intersection of Plum Street. A vehicle driven by Emilo M. Gonzalez, 49 years old, was westbound on Plum Street and after stopping for the stop sign, he drove into the intersection entering the officer’s right of way causing the accident.

Officer Poliice was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for a broken right wrist. Gonzalez was not injured and he was issued a non-criminal citation for Approaching/Entering Intersection.

On January 29th, sometime 11:00pm, unknown suspects entered the business, Painting with a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd by going through an access point on the roof. Once inside this business, the suspects cut a hole in the drywall and entered Midas Jewelers, 3666 Harden Blvd. After gaining access into Midas, the alarm was disabled and the suspects gained entry into the safe. An undetermined amount of jewelry was stolen from the safe and display cabinet.  An inventory is being conducted at this time and there is no estimated dollar amount available.

Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene of both businesses and the rooftop collecting evidence. Anyone with information should contact Det. Neal Robertson at 863-834-6971.

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. This month’s topic for discussion will be crime information and statistics for the year 2013. 

On January 26, 2013 at approx. 4:30pm, a retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents badge and Glock 9mm handgun was stolen from his vehicle. The vehicle burglary occurred in the parking lot of Tucker’s Southside Package and Lounge, 1122 S. Florida Avenue. Entry was gained by smashing out the rear window of the vehicle. Also stolen in the vehicle was a black canvas briefcase, money, personal checks and a driver’s license.

A witness observed a navy blue, possibly Chevy Impala, mid 80’s with a quarter vinyl top in the area driven by a black male, 20 to 30 years of age. Anyone with information in reference to this case, please contact Det. Alton Masters at 834-8976.

A picture of a handgun and badge similar to the ones stolen is pictured.