** News Release **
Dillon’s shoppers can now support Crime Stoppers
Grocery shopping at Dillons stores soon will provide financial support for Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County.
When area residents shop at Dillons Stores and swipe their Dillons Plus cards, Crime Stoppers will earn a portion of the $2 million Dillons is donating to its communities in 2015. Crime Stoppers accepts no tax dollars and relies on donations for support.
“This is an easy way make a donation to Crime Stoppers,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission. Crime Stoppers is a division of the Crime Commission.
“Signing up for the Dillons Community Rewards program is quick and easy,” said Bassham. “Area residents can go to www.Dillons.com/CommunityRewards, then sign in or register their Plus card and enter the Crime Stoppers “NPO” number, 68026, to select Crime Stoppers as their beneficiary of the rewards program.
Bassham said Dillons donations from its Community Rewards project will help fund the operation of the 35-year-old crime-fighting program.
Bassham explained how to designate Crime Stoppers to receive Community Rewards funds.
• Visit the Dillons website at https://www.dillons.com/communityrewards
• Login to or create your account (see how to create an account below)
• Click on “ENROLL NOW”
• When asked, enter the Crime Stoppers “NPO” number: 68026
• Select Crime Stoppers and click on ENROLL
To create an account:
• Visit the Dillons website at www.dillons.com
• Click on REGISTER at the top of the page
• Enter your email address, password, zip code, select your preferred store and click on CREATE ACCOUNT at the bottom of the page
• Then, follow the steps above to enroll and choose Crime Stoppers to receive donations from your Rewards account
Bassham said registrations for the Dillons Community Rewards program currently are being accepted, and that purchases made on and after February 1, 2015 will count toward rewards for Crime Stoppers.
Tips to Crime Stoppers may be phoned in to 316-267-2111; sent in online at WichitaCrimeStoppers.com; or sent by cell phone text message by typing TIP217 followed by the tip and sending the message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are safe and anonymous, and could earn the tipster a reward of up to $2,500.
** News Release **
Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest in double homicide
A tip to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County led to the arrest of a suspect in a double homicide in the 4800 block of E. Harry St. this past weekend.
The information, which was received by Crime Stoppers on Monday via cell phone text message, identified a suspect in the case and his address, said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission. Crime Stoppers is a division of the Crime Commission.
“Thanks to quick and thorough work by our coordinators, the Wichita Police detectives handling the case, and officers from the Patrol North Bureau, a 29-year-old man was taken into custody Monday afternoon without incident,” said Bassham.
Following his arrest in the 800 block of N. Grove, the suspect was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on two counts of second degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Bassham said the suspect in the case was arrested only two hours after the tip was received. “That quick response by the Wichita Police Department clearly demonstrates the strength of their partnership with Crime Stoppers.”
The shooting outside the Place bar and grill early Saturday morning, January 10, 2015, left a 28-year-old and a 32-year-old man dead. Two other people were injured in the incident.
“This is another clear example of citizens stepping forward to help solve serious crimes in our community,” said Bassham.
The anonymous tipster in the case may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.
Anyone with information about a felony crime can provide information on that crime to Crime Stoppers by calling, 316-267-2111; by submitting a tip online at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com; or by texting the tip from their cell phone to CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with TIP217.
Crime Stoppers is an organization of citizens against crime, and in its 34-year history has never revealed the name of a tipster.
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Crime Stoppers tip nets arrests, three pounds of meth
A tip to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has led to the seizure of three pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of two Wichita men.
At 3:46 PM on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Crime Stoppers received a phone tip about suspicious activity at a mobile home in the 3200 block of South Clifton. The caller reported seeing heavy stranger traffic around the location with many people entering and leaving at all hours of the day and night and suspected drugs were being sold from the residence.
Wichita Police officers and detectives began an investigation into the call that led to arrest of two men on drug trafficking charges. At the time of their arrest, officers confiscated three pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $36,000.
“This case represents another success for Crime Stoppers,” said Wichita Crime Commission executive director Gordon Bassham. “It’s neighbors getting involved like this that go a long way toward making Wichita a safer and more secure community.”
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a division of the non-profit Wichita Crime Commission that provides the only anonymous 24-hour call line, texting service and website where citizens can safely report crime and criminals. In its 34-year history, Crime Stoppers has never revealed the identity of a tipster.
Funding for Crime Stoppers comes from solely from donations by citizens and businesses.