Polk County Sheriff’s deputies, while assisting the Auburndale Police Department on Monday, October 29, 2007,
apprehended a male and female who had been working together to commit several crimes in the area and who were
wanted by both agencies.
The situation began around 9:55 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2007, when the Auburndale Police Department
(APD) requested assistance from PCSO in pursuing a suspect vehicle wanted in an armed robbery at the Walmart
located at 2120 US Hwy 92 East in Auburndale. The suspects were fleeing from APD and ended up in unincorporated
Polk County, heading westbound on Saddle Creek Road. Several PCSO K-9 deputies were in the area at that
time, having just completed training, and joined APD in trying to stop the suspect vehicle, a 2008 white four-door
Ford F350 truck with a stolen tag. The pursuit continued northbound on Combee Road to SR 33, where stopsticks
were set up. The truck evaded the stopsticks and headed West onto Old Combee Road, then south onto SR 33,
then north onto Lake Luther Road. The truck then entered the Lake Luther subdivision, which ends in a dead end.
The fleeing truck, after reaching the dead end, began driving through backyards of residences, knocking over several
livestock fences, and tried to ram a deputy’s vehicle. The truck was eventually stopped by Sheriff’s deputies in
the area of Walker Circle East and Lakewood Road. The suspect driver opened the door of the truck but would not
exit the vehicle, and a K-9 was deployed after several warnings. The K-9, named Moose, apprehended the driver
with a bite to the buttocks. The suspect, Dennis K. Thompson, DOB 6/10/49, of 419 Oakridge Drive in Lakeland,
was treated for his bite wounds at LRMC, then released into PCSO custody for booking in to the jail. During this apprehension,
another K-9 deputy was also bitten on his arm by Moose, but he received stitches at LRMC and will fully
recover. Several PCSO vehicles were damaged as a result of attempting to stop this stolen truck—one vehicle was
damaged when a horse ran into it (the horse was not injured) and one was damage when a tree branch hit it.
The female suspect, Cynthia Faye Cox, DOB 8/29/61, also of 419 Oakridge Drive in Lakeland, was taken into
custody without incident and are each facing several charges, which are listed below. Additionally, the truck was
found to have been stolen from the Lakeland Auto Mall but had not yet been reported as such, and charges are
pending on that. PCSO detectives are also following up on a home invasion robbery that occurred on Monday morning
around 6:00 a.m. where both suspects forced their way into the residence at 1805 Reynolds Road, Apt. 3, in
Lakeland, and shot the homeowner in the leg when he did not comply with their demands.
Thompson has been charged with: 4 counts Armed Robbery, Felony Fleeing to Elude, Home Invasion, 2 counts
Armed Burglary, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault on a Law
Enforcement Officer with a Motor Vehicle. Cox has been charged with 4 counts Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary,
and Home Invasion. Both suspects remain in the Polk County Jail under no bond.