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CRIME STOPPERS: Why bother calling?

Letter by Scott G. Sullivan, Tacoma on Aug. 26, 2010 at 9:26 am | 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?

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