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Tips to Crime Stoppers result in reward payments

** Media Release **
Six recent anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County have resulted in payments of rewards totaling $500 to area citizens.

“In one of the incidents, a person who had a number of Sedgwick County warrants was arrested as the result of an anonymous tip,” said Crime Stoppers spokesperson Gordon Bassham.

“In a second incident, a man wanted for aggravated battery was the subject of an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. In that call, the tipster gave the suspect’s location during the call. Crime Stoppers then contacted 911 and the man was picked up.”

Bassham said a third tip, which also involved contacting 911, resulted in the arrest of a man with multiple misdemeanor warrants.

One incident involved a tipster recognizing a man with multiple felony warrants at the Kansas State Fair. After first calling Crime Stoppers with the street address of the suspect, responding officers could not locate him at that address. Then, after spotting the man at the State Fair, the suspect was arrested by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who happened to be at the Fair.

“In another call, one tipster reported a suspect passing a counterfeit bill at a garage sale in Park City,” said Bassham. “After 911 was contacted, a short car chase ensued and two suspects in the case were arrested.”

Finally, another anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers about a woman wanted for multiple warrants resulted in her arrest on October 28th.

Anyone having information about any felon or felony crime that has been reported to law enforcement officials should call Crime Stoppers at 316‐267‐2111. Citizens can also submit tips online at www.wsccs.com or from a mobile phone by texting TIP217 followed by the tip information to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If a tip leads to an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.00 and Crime Stoppers will never ask the tipster’s name.

In its 31‐years of operations, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 29,000 tips, paid out rewards totaling nearly $300,000 and helped recover more than $5,000,000 in drugs and stolen property. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, a non‐profit organization of citizens against crime, is a division of the Wichita Crime Commission.