A man turned in his companion at Walmart on Nov. 16 when he allegedly tried to steal a computer from the store, the Bartow Police Department reports.
Michael Sorian Parrish, 24, of 1150 3rd St. SE #405, Winter Haven, was charged with retail theft for the crime, police reported.
Justin Velez of Mulberry reported to store security Parrish began taking items and putting them in his cart to steal them, reports say. Velez said he told him to stop and he didn’t want any part in it. He told Parrish he was going to tell the store manager what he was doing, police reported.
Reports note the store security officer watched Parrish take a computer monitor, a Gateway computer and a computer screen — later valued at $566 — by cutting the security wiring from the boxes. However, Parrish could not leave the store as he tried to go through the doors he selected the doors that are locked at night, as it was about 2:30 a.m.
Parrish then went to the health and beauty section of the store to get to an exit, police reported. The security officer then stopped Parrish and identified himself as the manager and took Parrish to the loss prevention office.
When Parrish was arrested he said he heard voices and he was recommended to seek a psychological evaluation, according to reports.
Man charged with stealing wallet, using money inside
A man was charged with stealing a wallet that was left at the checkout line at Walmart, allegedly using the cash in it the next day and having his girlfriend turn it in as a lost object she found the day after that, the Bartow Police Department reports.
Kenny L. Courtney on Nov. 16 bought several items at Walmart and left his wallet at the checkout stand. Behind him in line was Eric Scott Aguilar, 32, of 780 W. Davidson St., Bartow, who paid for his items. When he picked up his items, he also retrieved the wallet and took it with him, a surveillance tape showed, the police reported.
The next day Aguilar went to the store accompanied by a woman and a child. The loss protection officer watched the defendant and another leave the store in the same vehicle the previous day, he reported. He was able to get the license plate number from the vehicle and found it was registered to Amanda Orona who lives at the same address as Aguilar and is known as his girlfriend, police reported.
The following day at about 8:30 a.m., Orona turned in Courtney’s wallet to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Section office at 455 N. Broadway. She said she found the wallet in the area around 499 W. Davidson St., police reported. The Bartow Police Department communications personnel were told and they arranged for the property to be recovered. Upon recovering the wallet and victim’s inventory, Courtney said the only thing missing from the wallet was $350 he said was in there when he was in Walmart.
After being arrested and read his rights, Aguilar admitted he committed the crime, police reported.
Man charged with cocaine, pot possession
Willie James Robinson Jr., 28, of 6900 Bordeaux Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with possession of cocaine after being pulled over in Bartow, then charged with possession of cannabis after some was found in his shoe while he was being booked, the Bartow Police Department reported.
On Nov. 14, Robinson was pulled at on Wabash Street at 2:32 p.m. for allegedly speeding and an officer asked if he could search his vehicle. Found in a cup holder between the front seats was a container that had a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, according to reports.
Robinson was taken to the Bartow Police Department for processing and while being booked, a baggie was found in his left shoe with a substance that tested positive for cannabis, police reported.
Robinson told police the cocaine was not his, but the pot was his, the report said.
Bar fight ends with battery charges
A man was charged with battery — domestic violence — accused of going into a bar and hitting his girlfriend’s son a number of times, though his and her son’s stories differ slightly in who hit and who and how many times they were hit, the Bartow Police Department reports.
John Alvin Hiers, 62, of 1590 Margaret Ave., Apt. 4, Bartow, was charged but Anthony Hutchison Tyler — Hier’s girlfriend’s son — was not charged with a crime, the police department reported.
On Nov. 15, Hiers went into Krazy Kooters bar and in the pool area he found Hutchison. Hiers reportedly asked what Hutchison was talking about and hit him in the face, Hutchison told police, and then hit him a total of five times. Hutchison said it happened so fast he did not see what Hiers hit him with, though people in the bar said it was with a wooden stick, police reported.
Hutchison said the fight was broken up by bystanders and Hiers left the bar through a side door. Police noticed marks on Hutchison’s face, but he refused medical treatment, according to police.
When police questioned Hiers after reading him his rights, Hiers said he and Hutchison had been arguing all day and in the bar, they got into another argument.
Reports say Hiers said Hutchison hit him three times and Hiers hit him back. Hiers did not remember who threw the first punch and said he was not sure if he used a pool cue to hit Hutchison, police reported.
Stolen vehicle is found, 9-year-old is safe
According to reports, Winter Haven Police searched for three suspects who took a vehicle from a Circle K store last week.
Police say that at 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 23, a silver 2012 Chevy Impala was left running with the victim’s 9-year-old daughter in the back seat while the mother went inside the store.
According to footage released by Winter Haven Police Department, three suspects were seen entering the store, with two of the three going back outside and hanging around the door for a few moments.
Police describe the first suspect as a black male, heavy build, wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and black slides with socks. Police say he was seen walking around the store, selecting a four-pack of beer and giving it to another suspect to purchase. Reports note the other two suspects select items and approach the counter to make the purchase.
The victim got in line directly behind the two suspects at the counter, police note. Police describe the second suspect as having a very thin build, wearing a blue tank top, sagging blue jean shorts, a hat with a black and white pattern, black slides and socks; the third suspect has a muscular build, wearing a gray tank top, blue jean shorts and orange sneakers.
Reports note the first suspect left the store while the other two finished their purchase, noting that in the video, he is seen walking between the victim and the two others standing at the counter. This suspect, police say, is the one the victim saw enter the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The victim exits the store and reports say she sees all three men entering her vehicle and her 9-year-old daughter exiting the vehicle. She was not harmed, according to police.
Then the vehicle is seen leaving the parking lot, heading north on First Street.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Police Department recovered the stolen vehicle Sunday morning, and are not yet releasing the location of where it was found. Police say they continue to search for the three suspects.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-TIPS (8477). A $3000 cash reward is being offered and callers can remain anonymous.
Mother arrested after her 25-year-old daughter is shot
According to reports, a 25-year-old woman is dead and her 52 year-old mother is under arrest for her death after the daughter is shot at the front door.
Police say on Nov. 15 at about 8:45 p.m., Ruby Bing, the daughter, of 1622 High Point Court, Winter Haven, went to her mother’s home, located at 481 18th St. SE, Winter Haven, to visit. Her mother, 52-year-old Adele Bing, was inside the residence, police say, after having a heated argument with her boyfriend earlier in the day.
Reports say that the boyfriend, James Lane, 39, of 481 18th St. SE, was at the hospital being treated for injuries to his head after Adele Bing allegedly hit him with a gun.
Police say that hospital officials contacted the Winter Haven Police Department and while officers were interviewing Lane at the hospital, a call came in about a shooting at the same 18th St. SE address.
According to reports, Ruby Bing was at the door of her mother’s residence holding her 4-month-old baby while knocking on the door.
Adele Bing was still upset about the argument between her and Lane when her daughter knocked on the door, reports say, and police note Adele Bing thought the person knocking was Lane, her boyfriend.
Reports say Adele Bing armed herself with a baseball bat and a handgun. As she opened the door, a shot was fired, hitting her daughter in the upper chest. The 4 month-old was not injured, police say, but Ruby Bing died at the scene.
Adele Bing was arrested and charged with second degree murder, a first degree felony and child abuse without great bodily harm, a third degree felony.
Bing was transported to the Polk County Jail.
Police investigate overnight shooting
Reports say at approximately 1:25 a.m. Nov. 27, Lake Wales police officers responded to Lake Wales Medical Center in reference to an individual at the emergency room with gunshot wounds.
Police say officers made contact with the shooting victim, 25-year-old Fenel Celestin. Fenel told police he arrived at his residence, located on 416 Pleasant Ave., and before he ever got from his car to his house, he was attacked and shot by an unknown individual, reports note. Fenel told police it was possibly four people who attacked him and one of the unknown individuals is who shot him, police say.
Fenel was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition, according to reports. The Lake Wales Police Department Criminal Investigations Section is currently investigating the incident and said people should contact Detective Alvin Maultsby at 863-678-4223, ext. 265 or Heartland Crime stoppers at 800-226-8477.
Accreditation team seeks public comment
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Public Safety Communications Accreditation, administered by the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., will visit the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in December to examine all aspects of Telecommunications policy and procedures, management, operations, and other support services.
“Verification by the assessment team that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards for telecommunications public safety is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of professional excellence,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and members of the community can offer comments to the assessment team by calling 863-224-0758 from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with Public Safety Communications Accreditation standards.
A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Compliance located at 1891 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880.