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On March 2nd, the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Sunglass Hut, 1481 Town Center Drive. The store manager advised that she arrived to work at 9:55am and discovered that the front door was damaged and that and she could see that the store inventory of designer glasses were missing. Unknown culprit(s) removed the glasses from the display racks. $119,000.00 in merchandise was stolen.

The alarm system was damaged with parts of it located on the floor.  The alarm was set the previous day according to a representative however it did not activate during the burglary. Detective are following up on the burglary and reviewing evidence at this time. The store is closed at this time. 


Lakeland Police is still in 1st place for a Social Media Award with our LakelandPD – Up Close video thanks to your votes.  The City of SHAKOPEE in Minnesota, population of around 40,000 has a video in second place catching up on us quickly. Lakeland, with a population of over 100,000 we need your votes to win this Government Social Media Award.  

Our video highlights officer involved shootings and they lasting affects it can have on an officer, their family and community. With LPd having three recent officer involved shootings and now last night’s shooting of two Lake Wales officers, its perfect timing to get this message out.

Please take the time to vote today or tomorrow. Look for: City of Lakeland – Officer involved shootings.

Voting ends this Friday.

http://conference.governmentsocialmedia.com/golden-post-awards/award-category-social-media-campaign/

 


The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the shooting of an armed sexual battery suspect. There is no additional information at this time as to why David Cuevas was allowed to bond out in Pennsylvania.

Cuevas checked in at the Crestwood Suite Extended Stay Hotel, 4360 Lakeland Park Dr, Lakeland. This is within 2 blocks of the location he decided to meet the victim at which was Lake Gibson Park. A search of his hotel room revealed a duffel bag with rope, duct tape, chains, stun gun, and leg restraints.

Also located in his vehicle (Nissan Xterra) that he drove Lake Gibson Park were 725 9mm rounds, additional leg restraints, two (2) pair of handcuffs, knife and binoculars.

A search of Cuevas revealed that he had four (4) loaded magazines for his 9mm handgun in his rear pocket. It is apparent that this violent offender was intent of committing yet another senseless crime which possibly would have been the abduction and murder of the victim had not our detectives intervened. Our detectives did an outstanding job getting this dangerous felon off the streets and interrupting his goal to comment another crime.

Detectives stated that after Cuevas bonded out of Pennsylvania and prior to arriving in Lakeland, he had the victim’s name tattooed on him indicating his obsession with her.

The shooting can be described as a running gun battle as detectives gave chase and observed Cuevas turn and pulled a loaded firearm from his waist band. While running, the detectives fired a total of 18 rounds hitting Cuevas 7 times. No one else was injured during this incident. 




UPDATE:

Christian was located at approximately 1:30 p.m. He is safe.

Christian Jose Cancel
HM, 5’5”, 135 lbs.
Black Hair, Black Eyes
DOB 6/17/01
LKA: 5025 Spanish Oaks Boulevard


Christian was last seen at 5025 Spanish Oaks Boulevard on March 1, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m. He was wearing a black sweater and jeans. Christian has a scar on the back of his head in his hair.

Christian has ADHD, however, according to his mother; he does not need or take his medication. He does not have a criminal history.

Anyone with information on the location of Christian Cancel is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.