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?