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The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from Monday, May 18, 2015 thru Monday, June 1, 2015 at midnight. 

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety. 

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person: 

•  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen ( 18 ) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or 
•  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. 
•  It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion. 

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

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On Saturday, March 14, 2015, a vehicle burglary occurred at the Hobby Lobby, 3615 S. Florida Avenue. An unknown person removed a wallet containing cash and credit/debit cards and miscellaneous items from the vehicle.   

At approximately 8:00 p.m., an unknown person used one of the credit cards at Home DePot, 2805 Highway 98 N to purchase a 5000 watt PowerStroke generator.

Anyone who has information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact Lakeland Police Detective Conaster at 863-834-6954, 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 #15-5204  -  Detective Conaster  -  Bulletin CS #15-19



Eladio Lorenzo Crespo
31 years old
H/M, 5’8”, 130 lbs.
Brown hair, Brown eyes
LKA: 1315 W 14th Street #I 105


Mr. Crespo was last seen at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1315 W 14th Street #I 105. Joan Camacho, his mother, reported him missing.

Mr. Crespo was last seen wearing blue pants and a black hoodie. He has a tattoo of a tribal with skulls on his top left arm.

Anyone with information on the location of Eladio Lorenzo Crespo is asked to contact Investigative Aide Charlene Ali at 863-834-8974 during business hours, or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 after 5:00pm.


LPD Event #15-5985  -  Investigative Aide Ali  -  Bulletin CS #15-15



On March 22, 2015 at 3:10 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Parkway Frontage Road South at the intersection of Old Road 37 in reference to a single vehicle crash.

The vehicle, 2014 Dodge Pick-up was traveling eastbound on Parkway Frontage Road South approaching the intersection of Old Road 37, which curves to the right. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve striking the guardrail and then hit a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by Polk County Fire Rescue/EMS.

There was no indication of braking and it appears the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Next-of-kin has been notified. The crash is still under investigation by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.

The Driver has been identified as: Inigo P. Hernandez, 25 years of age, 81 Laurel Lane, Frostproof, Florida.