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On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 5:56 p.m., the subject pictured forged a check at Hobby Lobby, 3615 S Florida Avenue.

The suspect is a black male, 6’2”, with a heavy build.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact Detective Strickland at 863-834-8965, 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 #15-9608  -  Detective S. Strickland  -  Bulletin CS #15-33

Chiefs Chat

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.


Lakeland Police need help in identifying this suspect from an armed burglary that occurred on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at approximately 7:45 p.m. in the area of Crystal Lake Drive N/Lowry Avenue.

Four black male suspects jumped out of a red Chevrolet Impala. The suspect in the sketch was driving and armed with a black handgun. All suspects had teardrop tattoos below their right eye.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Lakeland Police Detective Tammy Hathcock at 863-834-6975 or via e-mail at, 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 #15-09766  -  Detective Hathcock  -  Bulletin CS #15-32


The defendant was suspected of committing similar crimes in multiple jurisdictions and counties. On 5/27/15 the defendant was arrested by PCSO on a Hillsborough County warrant for the same crime. Circumstances and descriptions were consistent with the incident in Lakeland. A photo pack containing the likeness of the defendant was obtained.  He was identified by the victim and witness.

The defendant has been charged by the Lakeland Police Department with Kidnapping, Falsely Personating Law Enforcement Officer, Burglary to Occupied Conveyance and Petit Theft. He remains in the Polk County Jail.

Defendant:  Marco Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez, DOB 10/17/79. 

On May 24, 2015 at 2:47 p.m., the victim advised that he was pulled over by what he thought was a police officer after he left the Farmers Market, 2701 Swindell Road. The victim had his 12 year old brother-in-law with him at the time of the incident.


The victim was traveling west on Memorial Blvd in the area of Lone Palm Golf Course,  2855 W. Memorial Blvd, when he observed a vehicle behind him flashing his headlights on and off. The victim pulled over and a Hispanic male approached him telling him that he was a police officer and that he had some unsecured chairs in the back of his truck. The suspect asked the victim to get out of his truck and sit in the back of his vehicle. The suspect proceeded to search the victim’s truck. The brother-in-law, still in the passenger seat observed the suspect take the victim’s wallet. The keys were also taken by the suspect.


The suspect returned to his vehicle and got the victim out of his truck and then the suspect drove off.  The victim and brother-in-law were not injured.


The suspect is described as:


Hispanic male, unknown age (adult),  6’ and approx. 200 lbs., wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and dark colored shoes. Unshaven and balding.


The vehicle is described as a newer model Chev. Envoy, 4 dr, blue, unknown tag.


Anyone with similar incidents or information should call the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.