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On July 14th, the Lakeland Police Department arrested Wayne Beckley and charged him with 21 counts of child pornography. The witness who shares a home with Beckley also shares a common computer and they have individual passwords for their accounts. On the night of July 12th, Beckley had been on the computer and walked off when the witness noticed what appeared to be child porn images displayed on the computer. On July 14th, the witness called the Lakeland Police Department. Consent to search the computer was obtained by the officer and the witnesses along with Beckley agreed to be interviewed by detectives.

Beckley admitted to being in possession of naked images of under aged children and that he often fantasizes about under age females as young as five years old. Beckley also had a photo album with 12 images of child pornography next to his bed. Several additional photographs containing sexual implied positions of female children were located throughout the residence for a total of approximately 100 images. Additionally, Beckley’s cellular phone contained at least one photograph of a sexual battery with a child under the age of 12. The victims are unknown at this time.

Based on the above investigation, Beckley was charged with 21 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  The investigation continues as detectives conduct a forensic examination of the computer and cellular phone.

Arrested: Wayne Jeffery Beckley, 58 yrs old


On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, officers responded to the area of Lakehurst Street and Lakeland Hills in reference to a disturbance with a woman wielding a knife and threatening the victim. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who stated she was there to meet with the suspect to solve some personal issues. When she arrived at the location, she saw the suspect with a knife. The suspect then wielded the knife over her head and threatened to kill the victim. Fearing for her life, the victim fled to the vehicle she arrived in and notified police.

A short time later, the officers located the suspect and placed her into custody for Aggravated Assault without Intent to Kill. The arrestee was transported to the Polk County Jail.

Arrestee:  Cassandra Martorana, W/F, 25 yoa


UPDATE: 

Detectives have identified the "John Doe" as Angel L. Velez-Carde, H/M, 32 yoa

We thank everyone for your assistance!

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On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Dixieland Antique Store, 1111 S. Florida Avenue for the second time in reference to a robbery. The first robbery occurred on July 4, 2015 in which the suspect held a 7 year old against his will while demanding money from the business. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled from the business. On Friday, July 10, 2015 the suspect returned to the store and for the second time demanded money from the business, as well as other patrons that were in the store. During this robbery, the suspect held a pointed object to the neck of one of the patrons. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money, the suspect fled the store.

During a search of the area, the suspect was located and positively identified by the victims. Lakeland Police arrested “John Doe”, 33 yoa, H/M on 3 counts of Robbery (Strongarm) with weapon, Aggravated Assault with weapon and child abuse. He is currently in the Polk County jail.

Currently we do not have a positive ID on this individual. If you have any information on his identification, please contact the Lakeland Police Department. 


Promotion Ceremony

A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801.

Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time