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News and Investigations

News & Investigations

News Releases and Public Information

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office News Room, where the Public Information Officers (PIO's) post all of the information that they release to the news media. PIO's act as liaisons between news media organizations and the Sheriff's Office. The PIO's routinely release timely and accurate information and Crime Stoppers bulletins, and respond to routine and "breaking news" media inquiries. News releases and Crime Stoppers information can be found on this page.

PCSO's full-time Public Information Officers are Brian Bruchey, Carrie Horstman, and Alicia Manautou. The Public Information Officers can be reached by sending an e-mail collectively at

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Operation May's Monsters arrests
Jun 1, 2023

PCSO Computer Crimes Unit...

Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) charged eight suspects d...

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Ashlyn Crews
May 28, 2023

Mulberry woman arrested f...

On May 28, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 24-year-old Ashlyn Crews of Mulber...

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Timothy Tallmadge mug shot
May 26, 2023

Prolific criminal escapes...

Timothy Tallmadge's efforts to escape from PCSO only gets him a lot more charges.

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Allen and Williams
May 26, 2023

Bartow Couple charged wit...

On May 13, 2023, PCSO Homicide detectives arrested 24-year-old Takesha Williams and 25-year-old Efre...

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The Davis Duo Christopher Davis & Jay Davis
May 24, 2023

Lakeland brothers arreste...

Belligerent brothers at Brewlands Bar & Billiards busted for being bad boys

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Operation Pop Top
May 23, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Sales ...

7-Eleven clerk arrested for selling alcohol to a juvenile

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