The arrests of two people made last month in Palestine would not be possible without the aid of some anonymous citizens.
In December the village's Saratoga Tavern was found broken into with an undetermined amount of alcohol and cash missing. Chief Jeff Besing asked the public for help and announced that Crawford County Crimestoppers would reward any with information leading to the thieves arrest a total of $300.
A pair of 18-year olds, Keagan Pittenger and Keiondre Weck, were later arrested after sufficient information was received, and the citizens were rewarded for their help with the case.
This breakthrough in the case reminds Besing of his past when he was a detective trying to solve crimes.
"When I was a detective several years ago, the crime-stopper system was used more often than it is used today," Besing said.
The way that the crimestopper system works begins after a crime is reported, and law enforcement asks the public for help solving the case. The department will then request a reward from Crawford County Crimestoppers, who makes the final approval.
If any citizen has information they are asked to contact the Crimestopper hotline at (1-888-596-7867). The individual is not asked, and does not have to give their identification, when relaying the information.
"More crimes were solved through the help of the community doing the right thing in that if "they saw something, they said something," Besing said.
Chief Besing would like to reinforce to the public that anytime they witness a crime taking place or have information regarding to an investigation which may result in the suspect(s) being arrested, the public needs to step up and make this call to the Crimestopper Hotline. The dollar amount of the rewards are determined by the type of crime committed and then presented to the Crime-stoppers board for their determination of the reward amount to be set and approved.
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