FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - With more tips pouring in, Crime Stoppers is handing out more in payouts. With more payouts comes a need for more donations. In one month alone, Crime Stoppers paid out $3,000 to tipsters and took 17 felons off the streets.
Anonymous tips called into Crime Stoppers have helped solve homicides and other violent crimes. Since the agency doesn’t receive federal or state funding, it relies solely on community donations.
“The money is well spent because we are taking people off the streets that we really need to get off the streets,” Greg Lewis said.
Greg Lewis has been running the local Crime Stoppers office for more than a decade. He says putting one felon behind bars can stop a domino effect of crimes.
“It’s a well-known fact that one individual can do a lot of crime when that is all that he/she is doing. They’re pulling armed robberies or burglaries every day to support a drug habit. And that is all they do steal all the time.”
It was a couple of Crime Stoppers tips that ultimately led to the arrest of Jamel Coleman. He’s accused of murdering Antonio Lopez Nino, the owner of the Smoke House Tobacco Outlet on Lafayette Street.
Recent higher monthly payouts means Crime Stoppers is in need of more donations. No matter the size of the gift, Lewis says it makes a difference.
“We have to go out and actively seek funds to pay off tipsters for these arrests.”
To donate call (260) 436-STOP or click here to make a donation online via PayPal.