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Crime Stoppers Falls Victim To City Budget Cuts

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

With recent city budget cuts, Crime Stoppers will no longer get the money it needs to stay afloat.

The non-profit provides cash rewards to anonymous tipsters who provide police with information. Springs Police say without that tip line, it could mean more bad guys stay on the streets.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of three crooks, who robbed a jewelry store at gun-point. "We had four employees in the store when the fellows came in. They were scared to death," said Mike Bonicelli. He owns Diamond City Jewelry.

He teamed up with Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers to offer a $10,000 reward for the arrests of the robbers. "It wasn't just the jewelry. It cost us an employee because they were scared so much."

"Crime Stoppers gives us a tool in our tool bag. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with coming up to a cop. Calls into Crime Stoppers help us get information that breaks the case open," said Lt. Mark Smith with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

In the past 27 years, tips into Crime Stoppers led to 3500 arrests.

“To keep it viable, we need $100,000,” said Bill Koch, Crime Stoppers Board President.

He says he worries that crime will only get worse if there's no anonymous tip line.

“Without Crime Stoppers, I don't know if the crime would’ve ever been taken care of,” said Bonicelli.

He says his jewelry store isn't the same since the robbery, but he and his employees feel better that the bad guys in this case are off the streets.

For more information on the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Click Here


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