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Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Theft-Fraud Suspect

On Saturday, March 08, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the suspect pictured approached the victim in the Wing House parking lot, 4515 S. Florida Avenue, asking for food and a cigarette. The victim placed his wallet and cell phone on top of his vehicle while he retrieved items for the suspect from the trunk of his car. The victim retrieved his wallet, but didn’t realize his cell phone was missing at the time.

On March 10, 2014, the victim discovered fraudulent transactions on his GTE Federal Credit Union bank account.

The suspect is described as a white female, approximately 6’1”, 160 lbs, with red hair and wearing yellow overalls at the time.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, 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 #14-4973 & #14-5053              Detective O’Neill


St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Have a Designated Driver

If you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, please have a designated driver.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result.  Even if you think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills; it also impairs your judgment.

The Lakeland Police Department recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.
•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
•  And remember, if you know people who are about to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


Attempt to Identify - Armed Business Robbery Suspect

    

On Monday, February 24, 2014, an unknown female entered the Seven-Eleven, 290 Lakeland Park Boulevard, and pointed what was implied as a weapon at the victim and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect then left the store and walked across the street to the Days Inn and left in a large dark colored car.

The suspect is described as a female, last seen wearing jeans, a dark hooded sweater with the hood pulled over a white and red ball cap, white shoes, and an unknown style of gloves.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, 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 # 14-4002          Detective Hathcock


Jimmy Jermaine Brown Arrested for March 8th, Homicide

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at approximately 8:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 833 N. Florence Avenue in reference to a homicide. Inside the dwelling officers discovered Gregory Allen Ross Jr. (B/M 06/17/94) deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. At the time of the homicide, the dwelling was being utilized as an illegal drug distribution point commonly known as a drug trap house. Evidence found inside the dwelling included firearms and illegal drugs. Crime scene personnel recovered spent bullet casings and projectiles inside the dwelling.

On Monday, March 10, 2014, an autopsy was conducted at the Medical Examiner’s Office by Dr. Nelson. The results of the procedure identified five gunshot wounds to the decedent, to include shots to the head and upper torso area.

According to two witnesses that were in the dwelling prior to the homicide, only four people were inside which consisted of: Jimmy Brown, the decedent and two witnesses. Both witnesses had left the dwelling when they heard five separate gunshots. One of the witnesses returned to the dwelling and observed Jimmy Brown running out the front door. The witness followed Jimmy Brown for several blocks before catching up with him. The witness stated that Jimmy Brown told him he had robbed the decedent of an amount of drugs, to include powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, which he showed the witness. Jimmy Brown told the witness he accidentally shot the decedent during a struggle.

Detectives obtained the arrest warrant on March 11th and attempted to locate Brown at various locations throughout the evening. Jimmy Brown later turned himself in at the Lakeland Police Department yesterday evening without incident and was later transported to the Polk County Jail.

Brown was charged with  Murder in the 1st Degree with a Firearm, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Witness Tampering.