Land O' Lakes Patch readers know how common crime – and crime news – can be in Florida. But there were some local stories in 2012 that grabbed the attention of local residents and didn't let go.
Here's a look at some of the most-read crime stories of 2012 on Land O' Lakes Patch:
Ichiban Buffet Waitress Stabbed
Released Inmate Accused of Breaking into Deputy's Car
Tree-Climber Arrested After 11-Hour Standoff
Naked Man Arrested for Banging on Doors
Pasco Fire Captain ‘Relieved of Duty’ After 2nd Arrest
Fire Captain Charged in Standoff Back on Duty
Suspected Spice Lab Explodes at Lutz Home
Human Remains Identified as Missing Wesley Chapel Woman
Black Friday Shopper Arrested After Line Cutting
Man Hit 1-Year-Old 'With All His Might'
Teen Beaten with Crutch Taken from Bystander