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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 Pop Top
Apr 7, 2023

Two sales clerks arrested...

Operation Pop Top: Illegal alcohol sales at Polk convenience stores

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Operation Heavy Lift suspects
Apr 6, 2023

4 charged, 2 at large in ...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Detectives, working with the Attorney General's ...

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Dundee suspects
Apr 3, 2023

PCSO catches three men bu...

Monday morning burglaries in Dundee; 3 suspects arrested

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Colten McMullen
Apr 2, 2023

Lakeland man arrested in ...

During the evening hours of Saturday, April 1, 2023, 29-year-old Colten McMullen (DOB 8/25/93) of La...

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Guerra-Vergara and Rojas-Astudillo
Mar 31, 2023

Two illegal immigrants fr...

On March 29, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 33-year-old Ricardo Guerra-Verga...

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Polk County News
Mar 28, 2023

Polk County has first con...

The first case of rabies in 2023 has been confirmed in Polk County.

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