Date: December 10, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Investigating String of Vehicle Thefts in SE Winter Haven

Polk County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating a trend of vehicle thefts that occurred in southeast Winter Haven the weekend of December 7-8, 2002.  All of the vehicles taken were red in color, and were all within a 2-mile range of each other in the Lake Ned / Mahogany Run

The following cases occurred over the weekend:

Between 6:00 p.m. Friday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, William Larsen's 1998 red Ford pickup
truck was taken from his residence at 215 Cleveland Avenue.

Between 7:00 p.m. Friday and 7:00 a.m. Saturday, Latasha Kendrick's 2000 red Honda
Accord was taken from her residence at 4011 Lake Ned Circle.

Between 8:00 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, four storage units at Riverlake
Apartments, located at 4200 Southeast Mahogany Run, were burglarized and a red Yamaha
motorcycle was taken.

Incidentally, another case that may be related occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Monday night, December 2, 2002, when a 1987 red Chevrolet was stolen from 3492
Southeast Dexter Shores.

If you have any information about these cases, please contact Detective Carrie Powers at
863.297.1151.  Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for
a CASH REWARD is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS.
Anonymity is GUARANTEED!

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