Crime Tipline Could Go Under Because Of City Budget Cuts

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Surveillance pictures from a local store unraveled a potential theft ring that spanned across four states. It's all thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip. The organization is now in jeopardy of closing its doors because of city budget cuts.

The non-profit provides cash rewards to anonymous tipsters who give cops the information they need and it’s information that helps keep the public safe.

"I got a call from my bank. They realized someone was spending my money and buying things at places I don't buy things," said Roger. His identity was stolen and so was $4,000.

"It's been tough for me."

The thieves wrote conterfeit checks at Sears, Borders and King Soopers.

"People's financial information from Texas and Colorado was being used. Then, people’s personal information of from Florida and Virginia was being used on the checks,” said Springs Police Detective Matt Hulett. He said he had no leads until a tipster recognized the man in the surveillance pictures and called Crime Stoppers.

Last year, because of tips, 82 criminals were arrested from tips. One of the most recent tips named Taylor Gwaltney as a suspect in the city's most recent murder.

"A friend of mine was killed on a bridge last week and Crime Stoppers was a big part of that," said Roger. It just so happens that Roger has seen the benefit of the organization twice. His friend's murder suspect was identified and Roger's stolen identity was recovered.

Springs City Council makes the final decision next week on what to cut out of the budget. If Crime Stoppers can't get the money to stay afloat, the board president said it could go under.

Police still are looking for that murder suspect and they believe he may have shaved his head. If you know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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