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On Sunday, April 14, 2014, between 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., unknown white males (possibly four) entered an abandoned building on the property of Key Safety Systems, 5300 Allen K Breed Highway. After the suspects cut the chain linked fence surrounding the property, they pried the door and entered the building.

The suspects had flashlights and were wearing headlamps to search the area. Three of the suspects appeared to be wearing gloves. The stolen property included a hand pallet lifter and copper wiring totaling $1,200.00. This business has been the victim of numerous burglaries in the past few months, LPD event #14-4767, #14-6749, #14-7676.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals are 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 #14-7676        Detective Robertson

    

June 1, 2014 – August 31, 2014 young adults ages 12 – 18 can ride Polk Transit free of charge through the Youth Summer of Safety Program.  Simply fill out the Pledge card and registration and bring it to the Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department or Simpson Park to receive your identification card. The card will allow youth to ride any fixed transit bus in Polk County to locations, such as restaurants, movies, Kelly Rec Center, The Skate Park, Simpson Park and more. To map out the routes and hotspots, go to www.polktransit.org.

2014 Youth Summer of Safety brochure


Registration runs through June 6, 2014.


On Friday, May 16, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Lakeland Police responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. SRO Wesley had been informed that a handwritten note was found in the boy’s bathroom in the 6th grade wing of the school. As precautionary measures, an immediate evacuation of the school was done. A PCSO K9 team responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School to assist in the search of the grounds. The search turned up no explosive devices and the students were returned to the school at approximately 12:00 noon. The Lakeland Police Department appreciates the support of the PCSO K9 unit during the search of the school.

Through the investigative efforts of Officer Wesley, Officer Edwards and Lakeland Highlands Middle School staff, a student was arrested for Making a False Bomb Threat (felony). The student has been transported to JAC.


Lakeland Police are on scene at Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, in reference to a bomb threat. At approximately 10:00 a.m., SRO Wesley was informed that a handwritten note had been found in a boys bathroom in the 6th grade wing. At that time, an immediate evacuation of the school was called for.

The school has been cleared and all students have been returned to the school. If parents want to pick their student up, they will be allowed to do so through the normal process.

Police are actively investigating this incident and will make charges if appropriate.