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Officials: Crime Stoppers Key to Solving Local Crimes

For more than 30 years Crime Stoppers has given citizens the chance to provide information anonymously, at times for a cash reward.  And it's paid off in helping police catch criminals.
    Since 1981, Crime Stoppers has given those with information about local crimes and avenue to relay that information to police.
    John Gillespie, first assistant district attorney, says, "There are so many cases where we get great leads through Crime Stoppers."
    One of those cases is the Mo's Grocery fatal robbery attempt.
    Robert Woodruff, Crime Stoppers coordinator, says, "We got numerous tips through Crime Stoppers, and all that goes to detectives."
    "When something happens, we get really great leads and can track them down and get to the root when people do commit violent offenses or crimes," Gillespie says.
    "Sometimes you think the information could be not all that important, but it could be. It could be the one little piece that put the whole thing together," Woodruff.
    In taking a look a statistics, it seems as if the program is working.
    2011 was a record year for the program.
    Last year, nearly $1 million dollars in narcotics were taken off the streets.
    More than $54-thousand in rewards were given out for tips that led to the arrest of criminals.
    Also last year, officers recovered more than $200-thousand in forfeitures, and $50-thousand worth of stolen property.
    Crime Stoppers is always in need of donations to help keep the program running.
    If you can help, call (940) 761-7777
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