Plant City Police Department

  • Agency: Plant City Police Department
  • Address: 1 Police Place, P.O. Box 4709, Plant City, 33566 FL
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Phone: 813-757-9200
Fax: 813-757-9121
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Plant City Police Department is located at 1 Police Place, P.O. Box 4709, Plant City, 33566 FL. The Plant City Police Department phone number is 813-757-9200.

Plant City Police Department News

The Plant City Police Department welcomed a new officer to the family today. Officers Sawnice Wiggins was sworn in by Chief Ed Duncan in a traditional ceremony this afternoon. Officer Wiggins comes to us from the USF Police Department Officer Wiggins possess unlimited potential and talents advantageous to our police department, our City, and our citizens - and is a welcomed addition to our Plant City Police “family”.

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Incident Date / Time: January 15, 2018 at 02:01 a.m. Incident Location: 2707 Barrett Avenue, Plant City, Florida Release Date / Time: January 16, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. Home Invasion Robbery During the above listed date, time and location, the Plant City Police Department responded to a home invasion robbery. A 63 year w/f homeowner/resident arrived to the residence at approximately 1:30 a.m. and observed 2 w/m subjects riding by the residence on bicycles, while she was removing an item from her vehicle. While leaning inside the vehicle and attempting to remove the item, one of the w/m subjects grabbed her and forced her into the residence, while threatening to kill her if she failed to comply. Once inside the residence, she was forced onto a couch and was instructed to lie face down. The suspect then rummaged through the contents of that room, before forcing her to accompany him into a second room within the residence. She was asked by the suspect who else was home, to which she replied her husband was home. The second w/m suspect entered the room and stood watch while the first suspect searched the contents of the second room entered. While still inside the residence, the husband/homeowner of the female victim, a 63 year w/m arrived at the home, where he was met by one of the suspects and forced inside the residence. He was immediately relieved of his wallet and cell phone by one of the suspects. Once inside a residence, he was thrown against a wall, where it was later learned to have caused a small laceration and swelling to the right side of his face. His phone was thrown against a wall by one of the suspects, breaking it and rendering it unusable. The homeowners' 29 year old daughter was inside the residence as well at the time of the home invasion. One of the suspects forced her room door open and took her cell phone. One of the suspects threatened to kill her, if she attempted to leave or call the police. She remained in the room until the suspects left. At that time, she and her father ran to a neighbor's home to call police. Shortly after police arrival, it was determined that several items of value were stolen from the residence. The stolen items included a men's wallet with driver's license and a debit card belonging to the male victim. Two Michael Kors watches, a brown in color purse, several pieces of jewelry, military challenge coins and vehicle keys. The victims' 2016 Buick Regal was stolen from the residence and used as a getaway vehicle by the suspects. It was recovered by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) a short time later, within their jurisdiction. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time of its discovery. A perimeter with HCSO and PCPD units was established. An aerial search and police K-9 searches were conducted, both of which yielded negative results for either of the suspects. The vehicle was impounded and is being processed as evidence by HCSO. The female homeowner described the first suspect as a w/m, with short brown hair and was wearing a black mask that covered the lower half of his face and was wearing a black jacket and khaki pants. She described the second subject as also a w/m, wearing dark clothing, and a black beanie cap. She said she may have heard one of the subjects say the name "Aaron", but was not completely certain. The daughter was able to relay a description of one of the suspects. She stated he was a w/m, approximately 5’11” and was wearing dark clothing and a black mask covering the lower half of his face. She saw what she believed to be a black in color semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. The male victim advised he was unable to get a good look at either of the suspects. At this time, it is unknown if the victims were targeted or if this was a random act. The public is encouraged to use universal precautions at all times but especially when returning home during late evening or early morning hours. This incident is considered an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information, is asked to contact Detective Chad Rader at (813) 757-9200.

The Plant City Police Department would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS. We had a great year and we are looking forward to an amazing 2018. The PCPD administrative offices will be closed Friday through Monday for the Christmas holiday, we will resume administrative operations on Tuesday, December 26th. All patrol and communications functions will be business as usual.

Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Nationwide Enforcement Mobilization. From December 13th through December 31st law enforcement agencies throughout the country will be making DUI Enforcement a priority during our Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Enforcement Wave. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country will be teaming up with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The holidays should be a time for celebrations and for making memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Help us spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk. According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers as more people—drivers and pedestrians alike—are out on the roads. We want to keep our roads safe this holiday season and help people understand that the only time they should be behind the wheel is when they are sober. This holiday season, the Florida LEL Program, FDOT and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. Spread the message!

Officers responded to the gas station at 504 N. Plant Ave. in reference to someone installing two credit card skimmer devices on the gas pumps. The skimmers were bluetooth capable. They were removed and placed into evidence for further investigation. If anyone used these gas pumps recently check your bank accounts for any fraudulent charges. And be sure to always check for suspicious or damaged card readers before you swipe.

The Plant City Police Department received some holiday cheer, in the form of freshly baked holiday cookies, from Santa's special helper. Alexis Comfort, age 3, along with her Mimi & Poppa, Chris and Tammy Morgan brought the cookies to the station for the men & women of the department. Below are photos of Alexis meeting Sergeant Al Van Duyne and presenting the cookies. She also posed for a photo with officers and dispatchers from the Alpha and Bravo Squads. Thank you Alexis, Mimi and Poppa from Team PCPD !!!

The Plant City Police Department met a wonderful family yesterday! The DeLauney Family, Angela (Mom), Morgan, and Joshua brought the officers cookies and an awesome Christmas card. The officers are always inspired by the kindness of our citizens! THANKS DeLauney Family!!!

Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the subject in the video. If anyone recognizes the subject please contact Detective Honcharik at 813-707-2228.

**MEDIA RELEASE** The Plant City Police Department is currently investigating a traffic crash involving one fatality. The passenger of a van driving north on Alexander St, approaching Interstate 4, fell from the van onto the roadway. Unsuspecting traffic was unable to avoid striking the passenger who had fallen onto the roadway. The victim succumbed to the injuries resulting from the crash at the scene. This is an active investigation and the Plant City Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Investigators are currently on the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld until notification of the next of kin.

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the subject in the photograph below in connection with active investigations. Anyone who may have information please contact Detective Trent Eckard at (813) 707-2254

The Plant City Police Department is seeking the identity of any of the following individuals pictured below in conjunction with on-going investigations which occurred at Walmart in November 2017. If you have any information as to the identity of any of the individuals please contact Det. Lindsey at 813-707-2269 or Tlindsey@plantcitypolice.com

The Plant City Police Department would like to congratulate Detective John McDowell for being selected as the 2017 Olin S. Wright Masonic Lodge's Police Officer of the Year. In a ceremony held at the Plant City Olin S. Wright Lodge Det. McDowell was presented this prestigious award for his years of dedication and service to our citizens. Det. McDowell specializes in internet crimes against children and other internet crimes which no doubt has prevented needless crimes against our children and successfully prosecuted numerous predators in our area. Please help us congratulate John!

The following individuals are wanted for questioning in conjunction with a retail theft of over $1300.00 worth of merchandise from Ulta Beauty on 10/13/2017. Anyone with information pertaining to the identify of any of the individuals pictured, please contact Det. Tiffany Lindsey at TLindsey@plantcitypolice.com or 813-707-2269. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the subject in the photograph below in connection with active investigations. Anyone who may have information please contact Detective Trent Eckard at (813) 707-2254

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Incident Date / Time: November 9, 2017 Incident Location: Plant City Police Department, 1 Police Place, Plant City, Florida Release Date / Time: November 09, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Plant City Police Department Awarded Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant The Plant City Police Department is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a grant recipient of a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant. The grant awarded twenty-five Automated External Defibrillator (AED) batteries, which we will be used to replace existing batteries of AEDs in the Uniformed Patrol Division. AED units are invaluable to public safety officers in that they allow for a quick and easy response to someone having a cardiac event. By issuing them to the on duty patrol officers, it provides a wide radius of coverage for usage of this potentially lifesaving equipment. Chief of Police Ed Duncan, as well as the men and women of the Plant City Police Department are honored to have been selected for this grant award from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. We look forward to a continued community partnership with the Foundation. On behalf of the community of which we serve, we say “Thank You, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation”. ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION: In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $29.5 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $4.8 million in Florida. Media Contact: Sergeant Alfred Van Duyne #240 Media Contact Email & Tel #: avanduyne@plantcitypolice.com (813) 707-2249

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the owner of the white van in the photograph below in connection with active investigations. Anyone who may have information please contact Detective Chad Rader at (813) 707-2233

The Plant City Police Department is reminding everyone to watch for our little pedestrians tonight. Plant City's residential areas will be crowded tonight with little ghosts and goblins. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use extra caution when driving tonight. The PCPD will be out in full force this evening so if you see an unsafe situation please don't hesitate calling 757-9200 or 911. HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN PLANT CITY!

The Plant City Police Department welcomed two new officers to the family today. Officers Larry Eakins and Francisco Rosales Jr. were sworn in by Chief Ed Duncan in a traditional ceremony. Officer Eakins dedicated 24 honorable years of service as a Hillsborough County Deputy. Officer Francisco Rosales Jr. fulfilled a life long dream of becoming a Plant City Officer after being inspired by the officers and detectives that rallied around their family after his Father was murdered in our City. both officers possess unlimited potential and talents advantageous to our police department, our City, and our citizens - and both are welcomed additions to our Plant City Police “family”.

On October 18, 2017 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a silver Chrysler minivan pulled into the Marathon gas station along side of a white Toyota Prius that was parked next to a gas pump. The gas station is located at 2851 Thonotosassa Road West in Plant City. While the victim was inside the store, a gold Nissan Quest can be seen on surveillance video stopping in front of both vehicles. At the same time, the driver's side rear passenger door of the Chrysler minivan opens and a white or Hispanic male exits. The suspect can be seen taking an object from the minivan, leaning over the Prius and using the object to break the rear passenger window of the car. The suspect entered the victim's vehicle, took property which included a large amount of currency, then reenters the Chrysler minivan. The suspect was wearing black gloves, a blue shirt, light colored pants, blue or dark shoes and a hat. Detectives believe that occupants of both minivans participated in the crime together. After the burglary, both vehicles leave the parking lot at the same time, heading toward Interstate 4. Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

The Plant City Police Department recieved a visit from several business owners, managers and representatives who came together for Operation "Pay it Forward 2017" This wonderful and thoughtful gesture resulted the donation of 96 Yeti 30 oz. cups, which were enough for each of the sworn and civilian members of PCPD. The cups were filled with notepads, pens, hand sanitizer and mints!! Chief Ed Duncan and his staff were sure to not miss this photo opportunity! Thank you to all of the businesses who participated, your kindness and generosity are GREATLY appreciated!!

***Please Vote*** This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. Officers and community members nominate and vote for local departments; the top five departments with the most votes will be awarded the grants.

**TRAFFIC ALERT** The Plant City Police Department is requesting motorist avoid the area around Plant City Stadium/Park Rd. The State of Florida has set up a "Food for Florida" disaster assistance give away at the stadium, traffic is currently backed up south and east bound to the stadium on Park Rd. We anticipate traffic to moderate as the event opens today at 8:00am. This Food for Florida event will continue until next Tuesday.

**TRAFFIC ALERT** The Plant City Police Department is requesting motorist avoid the area around Plant City Stadium/Park Rd. The State of Florida has set up a "Food for Florida" disaster assistance give away at the stadium, traffic is currently backed up south and east bound to the stadium on Park Rd. We anticipate traffic to moderate as the event opens today at 8:00am. This Food for Florida event will continue until next Tuesday.

The Plant City Police Department was honored to have Publix come to our headquarters on Friday with a card of encouragement and quite possibly the best cake in the known universe. Publix has been a long time community partner of the PCPD and we thank them for taking time to visit with us.

The Plant City Police Department is a supporter of Jensen's Heart of Gold Play for a Cure. Please join us this Saturday at Plant City's historic Train Depot for a day of games, activities, food, and fun for the kids.