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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Vehicle Burglary investigation.

Sometime between 9:00 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2011, and 9:00 am, Friday, October 7, 2011, a Vehicle Burglary was committed in the area of Walt Williams Road and Old Polk City Road in north Lakeland.  The vehicle burglarized was an unmarked Lakeland Police Department detective’s vehicle.

Suspect(s) removed an H&K assault rifle (model G36c, .223 caliber), a Motorola Police radio (model H46UCH9PW7BN) with battery charger and shoulder microphone, and an American Body Armor ballistic vest (model HPXtreme IIIA).

Two other vehicles in the same area were also burglarized.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Mark Walsh at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:                                                   Date: 10/7/2011