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Crime Stoppers December 18: Donations help make Crime Stoppers possible

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The Jefferson County Mayors Association presents a check to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama The Jefferson County Mayors Association presents a check to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

Every week, we show you unsolved crimes in our Crime Stoppers report. You may wonder: How many suspects are arrested? This year, your tips led to dozens of arrests and 95 cases cleared.

"These are not misdemeanor thefts or misdemeanor assaults," said Sgt. Brian Allison. "These are felony charges, and we've been able to clear 95 of them."

Below are several statistics for this year:

  • Number of calls: 4,392
  • Number of cases cleared: 95
  • Number of rewards paid: 33
  • Amount paid in rewards since inception: $360,350
  • Value of recovered stolen property since inception: $523,866.560

"I saw it come from just a small program in the city to serving everyone throughout the metro area," said Birmingham Police Department Sgt. Johnny Williams.

Crime Stoppers' success wouldn't be possible without help from the community. Tuesday morning, several donors, including The City of Hoover, Boatright Companies, The Jefferson County Mayors Association, and Regions Bank, gave monetary donations.

"We know that if the reward money is out there, people will give tips for area detectives to be able to solve crimes," said Hoover Police Department Chief Nick Derzis.

But there are many unsolved crimes detectives need your help solving. You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.

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