Date: September 5, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Hurricane Frances-Related News

In the aftermath of Hurricane Frances, Polk County Deputy Sheriffs assigned to specialty functions, such as Community Oriented Policing, are now working 12-hour shifts around the clock in support of the patrol deputies. Also, since Saturday, patrol deputies have  been working with 2 platoons assigned to days and nights, as opposed to just one. The extra deputies are being utilized to serve as shelter security, help damage assessment teams, and work out of the 4 county-wide task forces.

So far deputies have made 2 arrests for crimes of opportunity related to the storm. At 2:00 p.m. today, witnesses reported 2 men breaking into what appeared to be a business in North Lakeland. Responding deputies arriving on the scene at 5616 US 98 North found Christopher Jackson, DOB 2/24/79, of 1201 Shadow Drive in Lakeland, in possession of burglary tools and breaking into the Tae Kwon Do Academy bus. Jackson is wanted on out-of-county and Polk County warrants. He was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Conveyance, Petit
Theft, and Providing a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer. Jackson was accompanied by a juvenile, who has not been charged with a crime.

At 3:30 p.m. today, deputy sheriffs who had just cleared a call in Frostproof witnessed 2 men riding a 4-wheeler on Fort Meade Road, in 40-50 MPH winds. The deputies attempted to stop the men, but they fled in a nearby grove. A patrol Sergeant went on foot into the grove, and found one of the suspects hiding behind a vacant trailer, the 4-wheeler hidden nearby. The 4-wheeler appears to have been stolen, although that has not been confirmed. The steering column was broken and the serial number was missing. Arrested was Adam Matthews, DOB 11/21/79, with no known address. Matthews was charged with Fleeing to Elude, Trespassing, and Resisting without Violence.


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