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Vehicle Burglary Suspect - ARRESTED

UPDATE: 

Diep Pham, 62, of Lakeland was arrested at 4:40 p.m. from her home in Lakeland. Pham has been charged with Burglary and Petit Theft. She will be transported to PCSO after processing. The stolen phone was recovered.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 an unknown suspect took a gray Samsung Galaxy Exhibit from a Buick Le Sabre parked at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Family Health Center, 300 Parkview Place. The victim has a security application that took a photo of the subject who tried to access her phone.

The subject is described as a Hispanic female, last seen wearing a green dotted dress.

Anyone who has 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.



Hit & Run Vehicle Identified

The Lakeland Police Department received information yesterday evening in reference to locating the vehicle involved in the hit & run fatality that resulted in the death of Shelby K. Shull, 44 yrs old. Two subjects have been interviewed and the vehicle, 2006 Black Jeep Wrangler is being held as evidence in the crime lab. There is damage to the hood area consistent with that of a collision. Traffic Homicide Investigator Mike Catalano advised that the vehicle is being examined for forensic evidence at this time and the owner of the vehicle or driver’s information is not being released due to the pending investigation.  We are confident that this vehicle is tied to the hit & run scene however further investigation is required before charges may be filed. A photograph of the front of the Jeep is attached.

The Lakeland Police Department would like to remind motorist that construction equipment and activity on the roadway can be distracting. It’s imperative to be extra attentive when driving through a work zone. The potential for property damage and human harm are only greater in construction sites because of heavy machinery, loud noises and additional blind spots. In work zones, it’s important to expect the unexpected.


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Vehicle Burglary Suspect LRMC

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 an unknown suspect took a gray Samsung Galaxy Exhibit from a Buick Le Sabre parked at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Family Health Center, 300 Parkview Place. The victim has a security application that took a photo of the subject who tried to access her phone.

The subject is described as a Hispanic female, last seen wearing a green dotted dress.

Anyone who has 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 #14-14815                     Detective Fetz


Man Indicted on Murder

On May 18, the Lakeland Police Department officially formed the cold-case team of Detective Scott Kercher and Detective Brad Grice. In light of this recent focus on cold cases and attention by the State Attorney’s Office and The Ledgers series on cold cases, “It takes a community to solve a murder”, an indictment was served yesterday on Sylvester Nathaniel Smith, 32 yrs old,  for First Degree Murder. We are hoping that this is one many cases to come as a result of the newly formed Cold Case Unit.

 

On October 24, 2013 at approximately 10:12 p.m., several 911 calls were received about gunshots in the area of Gilmore Avenue and Parker Street. Patrol Officers responded and upon arrival located, Thomas Howard Garrison, 43 yrs old, with two gunshot wounds. Garrison was found lying at the end of the driveway at 708 East Parker Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Sylvester Nathaniel Smith is already incarcerated in the Polk County Jail on 3cts of Aggravated Battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. These charges stem from a January 19th shooting at the Elks Lodge; 1026 N. Texas Avenue in which one victim was shot 5 times, another victim 1 time and a bystander was hit in the face with the handgun knocking him to the ground.  Smith was identified as the suspect in that case and has been in jail.

No other details are being released on the indictment at this time. A copy is attached.