The Lakeland Police Department recently arrested Carl Stewart Jr., a known burglary suspect, and he has been directly linked to six residential burglaries. On August 3rd, Stewart was arrested and he has been charged with burglary and grand theft. He has been charged with the following residential burglaries:
LPD Event #14-15691 – 2421 Cambridge Avenue (7/31/14)
LPD Event #14-15814 – 620 Chatham Drive (8/1/14)
LPD Event #14-15932 – 715 W Magnolia Street (8/3/14)
LPD Event #14-15924 – 2608 Jonila Avenue (8/6/14)
LPD Event #13-25175 – 2205 Fairmont Avenue (12/29/13)
LPD Event #14-62 – 600 Easton Drive (1/2/14)
Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens said, “Stewart has an extensive criminal history and is well known by departmental members. By combining this knowledge and excellent teamwork exhibited by patrol, K-9, and our detectives Stewart was arrested and taken off our streets". LPD asks that citizens keep their doors and windows locked in their homes and advise residents to not leave their garage door up when not in use. Giddens said, “We ask citizens to be vigilant and if something doesn’t look right, then please call us so we can check it out.”
There have been a number of car break-ins lately and the Lakeland Police Department would like to remind citizens to “Lock It, or Lose It”. When cars are left unlocked, it provides an easy opportunity for a thief to burglarize property. The vast majority of vehicle burglaries reported to the Lakeland Police Department could be avoided if citizens would take an extra minute to make sure valuables are removed from vehicles, hidden from view or locked in the trunk.
If you want more information on crimes that may be occurring in your neighborhood, you can go to the Lakeland Police Department website at www.lakelandgov.net/lpd and click on the RAIDSONLINE Crime Mapping tool. Through this service, you can find information on crimes that are occurring in your neighborhood, or anywhere else in the city.