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Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Request for Information in Homicide

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at approximately 6:30 a.m., 83 year old John Papay was returning from his morning walk when he was struck in the head from behind, knocked to the ground and robbed. Mr. Papay was in the alleyway that runs east and west next to his residence at 215 ½ W. Belmar Street when he was struck by the unknown assailant. He was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was hospitalized with a severe head injury which required surgery. In mid-December, Mr. Papay died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Lakeland Police are asking anyone with information on this incident 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 #13-19898          Detective Tim McDonald


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Need to ID Larceny Grand Theft Suspects

         

CS Bulletin #14-05

Need to Identify - Larceny Grand Theft Suspects

On January 16, 2014, two white females and two white males entered the Target Store located at 4005 Highway 98 N and while there, the white female wearing the blue shirt took two pair of headphones totaling $448.00. The white female wearing a white shirt and the two white males wearing black shirts served as look-outs.

If anyone has information on the identification of these individuals, please contact 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 #14-1132          Detective Scott Kercher


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Attempt to Identify Kidnapping/Armed Robbery Suspect

CS Bulletin #14-04

Attempt to Identify - Kidnapping, Armed Robbery Suspect

On Wednesday, January 14, 2014, at 1:30 a.m., the victim was approached at 210 N Missouri Avenue (U.S. Post Office) by a white male on a bicycle who asked him for money. After the victim told him no, the suspect then brandished a small handgun from his jacket and ordered him to give him his money and other property. The victim handed his cell phone and wallet, which contained his debit card, to the suspect. The suspect then forced the victim to drive him to an ATM where the victim withdrew money and gave it to the suspect. The victim returned the suspect to the Post Office.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-25 years of age, 160 lbs, thin build, unshaven and wearing a white tank top, baggie jeans and a jacket with a hood.

The suspect shares a likeness to the composite sketch.

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 #14-1011      Detective Nicole Cain


Officers Honored with Heroism Award

        

Today, Monday, February 3, 2014, Officers Jamie Smith and Kevin Parker were honored at the City Commission meeting where they received the City of Lakeland Heroism Award.

Lakeland Fire Department Fire Inspector Shannon Turbeville submitted the officers for this award in recognition of their actions. Fire Inspector Turbeville wrote in his nomination, “Lakeland Fire Department had a motel room involved with fire at the Hyatt Place of Lakeland on November 23, 2013 at approximately 10:15pm. The 2nd floor of the motel had smoke and the room involved was charged with smoke and the sprinkler system had activated. These 2 officers were the first to arrive on the scene before the fire department and unselfishly went to the fire floor and announced an evacuation of all the guests and went to the room where the fire originated and made sure the occupants were evacuated. They met us at the lobby and informed us of the situation, secured a master key for us and assisted us further in a room by room evacuation of the fire floor.”

At the commission meeting, Officers Smith and Parker were presented with the Heroism Award by Mayor Wiggs and Sergeant Harper.

Thank you for your dedication and Congratulations on this award!