Lakeland Police responded to 406 Union Drive on August 26th, at approximately 10:30 pm after receiving a tip that men were seen in the area carrying air conditioning coils into the trailer on Lot 11. Sergeant Mike Spade made contact at Lot 11 where he found Dennis Snow (DOB: 11/22/78, 405 Union Drive #13), April Morse, (DOB: 7/2/80 8535 Matthews Road), and Joseph Morse, (DOB: 8/7/78, 8535 Matthews Road). Sergeant Spade also located stolen air conditioning coils and a methamphetamine portable lab inside the residence. Both April and Joseph Morse gave officers false names to prevent them from finding they had outstanding warrants.
Further investigation led officers to the Iglesia De Dios Torre Fuertte Church located at 703 Hull Street. The air conditioning unit at the church had been damaged and the coils removed. Dennis Snow was arrested for the theft of the coils from the Church.
April Morse was arrested for:
1) Sumter County Warrant for Manufacture and Possession of Methamphetamine
2) Giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
Joseph Morse was arrested for:
1) Polk County warrant for Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
2) Giving False Info to a Law Enforcement Officer.
Police are asking citizens in the community to continue providing tips when they see suspicious behavior regarding air conditioning units and parts. It is tips such as these that lead to arrests of those responsible for these thefts.
- posted by Sergeant Terri Smith