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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.

On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers were sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. 

The recruits have now completed the seven-week Mini Academy, and will begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. During the next 16 weeks, the officers will be on the streets with a Field Training Officer learning more about the department and community they have been sworn to serve. 

In attendance at the ceremony were the family and friends of the officers, Lakeland Police Department staff and personnel, the City Manager, city personnel and Commissioners.

Police Chief Lisa Womack welcomed the new employees during the ceremony and told them “I look forward to the great work you will do for our community, and I know you will be an asset to the department.”

For information on each of our new employees, go to:

Congratulations to the newest Lakeland Police Department employees!