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Update -  The man found in Lake Morton on June 17th has been positively identified as Belvin Gene Young, W/M, 58 years of age. The manner of his death was accidental and the cause was drowning, a medical examiner determined. There were no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected. The next-of-kin has not been located as of today. Mr. Young was a transient with no permanent address. 

On June 17th at 11:58am, the Lakeland Police Department responded to 35 Lake Morton Drive to what appeared to be a body floating in Lake Morton. The witness observed what he first thought was a shoulder and upon closer examination, discovered it was a body. The Lakeland Fire Department responded and utilized their boat and a flotation device to get the body to shore.

The Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate and a preliminary investigation reveals that the victim is a white male, approximately 50 to 60 years of age. The body was in a state of decomposition and bloated which indicated the victim had been in the water for an extended period of time. No obvious signs of foul play were observed. There was no identification on his person and he has not been identified at this time. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office and an autopsy is being performed at this time to determine the manner and cause of death. 


Scam Alert “Spoofing”


On June 11th, the victim stated she started receiving a series of phone called from a subject threatening to have a warrant issued for her arrest if she didn’t wire him money. The subject on the phone identified himself as Lakeland Police Officer Blake Williams and advised his badge number was #B26. The victim advised her phones caller ID showed “911” and (863) 834-6900 (Lakeland Police Department phone number) on several occasions, which made her believe the scam, was true.  The subject on the phone asked for $1800 to be wired. The victim advised him she could only send $500 and then she sent the Money Gram for $500. The victim advised she talked with a family member shortly thereafter and was informed it was a scam. Victim attempted to have the transfer stopped but at this time it’s unknown if the money transfer went through. 


Detectives spoke with the victim and are investigating this incident. It’s unknown where these calls are originating from or who’s making them at this time.  It appears the caller is using a device to make it seem like the calls are originating from the Lakeland Police Department which is called Spoofing.  If you believe you have been a victim of “Spoofing”, notify your local law enforcement agency.


 The Caller ID Scam

Public telephone networks often provide Caller ID information, which includes the caller's name and number, with each call. However, some technologies (especially in Voice over IP (VoIP) networks) allow callers to forge Caller ID information and present false names and numbers. Gateways between networks that allow such spoofing and other public networks then forward that false information. The caller is able to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient's caller ID display.


What can you do to protect yourself against Caller ID Spoofing?

Don’t place all your trust in the Caller ID information presented to you.

Never give credit card information out to someone who has called you.

Don’t conduct any business over the phone if you did not initiate the call.

Get a call back number and call back if you are interested in a product or service.

Use Google to reverse lookup their phone number and see if it is associated with a known scam.

Don’t answer the phone if you don't recognize the name of the caller or if the caller ID says the number is blocked.

For additional tips and information, visit the FCC site at

On June 10th at 6:50 p.m., an anonymous caller called 911 to report a shooting at 1031 North Florence Avenue. Officers arrived and entered the residence through an unlocked door and located the victim who was lying on his back in the living room. The victim had a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Health in critical condition and at this time, he is still admitted. No other updates on his condition at this time.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) responded to the scene to investigate and at this time no arrests have been made. Detectives are continuing to interview potential witnesses and following up on leads. We are not releasing the location the victim was shot or how many times as this is still an ongoing investigation. The victim has been identified as:

Chauncey Rollins, DOB 10/19/78. Unknown address at this time. 

On May 13th, the Lakeland Police Department began investigating a series of retail thefts from Macy’s Dept Store, 3800 N. Road 98. Between May 13th and June 10th, a subject was observed shoplifting on seven different occasions and each time he was able to elude apprehension.  Designer purses and clothing had been stolen which totaled approximately $10,000.00.  

On June 10th, Lakeland Police Detectives Mike Lewis and Det. Nicholas Pollice assisted Macy’s Loss Prevention by conducting a stakeout of the department store. At around 6:45pm, two suspects were observed entering the store and stacking up 26 pair of men’s shorts valued at $589.74. Both suspects worked together during the theft and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. To their surprise, they were greeted by the two detectives and taken into custody without incident.

Timothy J. Gillins, 39 yrs of age, was arrested and charged with Grand Theft. Gillins did not have any money on him but he did have an empty Macy’s bag concealed on his person.

Timethy Harmon, 25 yrs old, was arrested for Grand Theft, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Harmon did not have any money on him but he did have a crack cocaine pipe in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

This wasn’t Gillin’s first time in getting caught in the act by detectives. On January 29th, 2015, the Lakeland Police Department arrested Gillins for Grand Theft after a series off thefts from Dillard’s Department Store, 3800 N. Road 98. Detectives had once again conducted surveillance outside of Dillard’s and were able to apprehend Gillins for a theft in progress. He was charged with 3cts of Grand Theft in reference to the Dillard’s cases.

Both subjects are currently in the Polk County Jail. There is no video available of the theft.