Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak/WJEZ file photo
By Neil Doyle
Crime Stoppers programs have been around for over 40 years, but Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner that a Crime Stoppers network is in the works locally.
Crime Stoppers started in 1976 in Albuquerque, N.M. after a man was fatally shot while working at a gas station. A detective working the case told local media if any tips lead to an arrest there would be a $1,000 reward. Three days later, an anonymous caller was able to describe the suspects vehicle leaving the scene.
Yedinak said in today’s society, many people are afraid to get involved if they see a crime.
“One of the things that’s wonderful about Crime Stoppers is its all anonymous. An individual can call in, they don’t have to give their name, but they are given a code and if their tip leads to an arrest they could receive a monetary award,” Yedinak said.
Yedinak added the program would run through a phone line that connects to the Vermilion Valley ETSB. He said the program is still in the initial stages.
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