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Crime Stoppers inundated with tips

Updated: 06/06/2014 11:44 PM | Created: 06/06/2014 11:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

APD says tips to Crime Stoppers have quadrupled in just the past few months.

Detective Rosemary Gallegos has been answering the tip-line for anonymous calls for the past three years. She says these strangers are heroes in her eyes because the information she gets often leads to an arrest.

"We payout for information that leads to an arrest," she said.

She says these calls are sometimes a cry for help.

"People need to realize that as police officers, there is a heart behind that badge," she said.

Recently she's been taking more phone calls, texts and emails. There have been more than 700 calls this year.

Commander Harold Medina says the crime rate has stayed the same so the department is attributing this success to more awareness about the tip-line, especially on wanted fugitives. Thirteen arrests have been made in the past three months thanks to tipsters.

"We've worked with KOB in the past few months in getting information out on some of the wanted subjects," Medina said.

Gallegos says the majority of these tips come through calls, but text message-tips are more popular with the younger crowd.

If you have a tip that could lead to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward. Just call 843-STOP or visit http://www.crimestoppersnm.com.


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