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CRIME STOPPERS: Why bother calling?

Letter by Scott G. Sullivan, Tacoma on Aug. 26, 2010 at 9:26 am with 9 Comments »
August 26, 2010 1:15 pm

I’ve seen the ads on television and in articles: “If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers.

Try calling the number. I did. I called regarding the robbery of the pizza restaurant on North 26th and Pearl, where a girl was pistol-whipped, held at gunpoint and robbed. I understand it happened Monday, Aug. 23. I read the article about it Wednesday, Aug. 25.

I saw someone pass by our house who matched the description, less than five blocks away, the day of the crime but I didn’t know what had occurred until I read the article.

I called Crime Stoppers and spoke with a woman located in Southern California. She said since the crime happened two days ago there was nothing she could do. I asked, “So you aren’t going to take my statement?” She said, “No, because it won’t do any good.”

Wow. I had some possible information, but someone in Southern California decided it wasn’t important. Meanwhile, someone was traumatized, and I may have information that could help.

The television ads show crimes occurring long before the airing of the commercials asking for help, yet I called two days later and was told my information was worthless. I now have these questions;

• What is Crime Stoppers? Does the City of Tacoma and/or state of Washington pay for its services?

• Why was my information worthless after two days?

• Should I waste county money and call 911 after reading the article?

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Sumner401 says:

    Someone walked past your house?
    How will that help?
    Do you know their name? Do you know where they live?
    Do you know they committed the crime in question?
    If not then they were correct in telling you your call would do no good.

    I just saw someone walk part my house, I’m sure they fit the description of someone who committed a crime somewhere, should I call somebody?

  2. Great questions.

  3. alwaysamazed says:

    I’m not a policeman so I wouldn’t know what would be important information and what wouldn’t be. I think those questions should have been asked by a law enforcement officer. Did the person on the line at crime stoppers ask those questions? Are they a law enforcement person? Those are my questions.

  4. murphtall says:

    next time goto the local police station or substation and speak with a human at the front desk or a detective for that matter instead of calling an all-in-one nebulous phone number

  5. surething says:

    I tried to make a complaint about my drunk , violent neighbor at the police station and they refused to take a statement and told me to call 911.

    I called the non emergency # and nobody answered or returned my calls.

  6. murphtall says:

    surething: had you already gotten the restraining order and had he broken it already or was he being violent to a person or just himself? if its just himself its legal. If its another person that other person has to do something. idk. i would have probably asked to use the phone at the police station.

  7. A person armed is a ‘private citizen’.
    A person disarmed is a subject of serfdom.
    A defensive weapon in hand is worth more than…
    A uniformed secretary on the phone.
    After more than three days, the raped body of Kimmie Dailey was found about two blocks from our street. A look at Pierce County’s “released sex offender” website will tend to stun some awareness of the times we are living in…

  8. Sumner401 says:

    And what good was that list that seems to scare you lars?

    Aren’t you set to go back to school soon……I hope?

  9. I had a similar experience. I called Crime Stoppers on a weekend and was connected to a ‘volunteer’ in Utah. She had no idea where Pierce County was and had no idea about the Crime Stopper bulletin I was referring to. I thought I had recognized a woman pictured on television as an employee of a large Lakewood retailer. I hung up in frustration. I next I will call the police department in the jurisdiction the crime occurred and talk to the assigned detective group. Unless you are looking for a reward, that’s the way to report information on the crime. I did that many years ago concerning a rapist and the information turned out to be useful and another charge was added to the list of crimes.

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