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Polk County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred at 7462 Berkley Road in Polk City that occurred on January 3, 2018, around 1:45 p.m.

Good Samaritans found 57-year-old Kenneth Maier, of Polk City, outside of the home with obvious injuries. After Maier flagged down witnesses for help, he told them that 68-year-old William Reiss was injured inside of the home. When deputies arrived on-scene, Maier told them that William Reiss' 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2-door, with a Florida license plate Z2SKD with a handicapped logo, was missing from the driveway. The truck has wooden fence rails, similar to siding, on the back and it has shiny rims.

During the investigation, detectives discovered that Reiss collected firearms. They determined that up to 31 firearms were stolen from the residence; including long guns and pistols. Here are a few pictures of guns believed to be stolen - some are unusual and should be easily recognizable. 


Approximately 20 minutes before deputies responded to the location, video surveillance from a residence and several businesses on Berkley Road and Commonwealth Avenue North show an unknown black Chevrolet Sedan (possibly Sonic LT) traveling southbound on Berkley Road and Commonwealth Avenue North minutes before the incident occurred. 

After the incident occurred, the unknown black Chevrolet sedan (possibly a Sonic LT) and the victim's 2008 blue Dodge Ram 1500 are last seen traveling northbound on Commonwealth Avenue North in Polk City around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 

Detectives are trying to identify the owner's/drivers of the black Chevrolet Sedan (possibly a Sonic LT), and still attempting to locate the stolen 2008 blue Dodge Ram. 

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the stolen Dodge Ram, the identity of those driving the black Chevrolet Sedan (possibly a Sonic LT), or information about this crime, please call us at 863-298-6200. Do not attempt to interact with these suspects - they are armed and dangerous.


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:
Cash, Michele
                                                Date: 1/4/2018