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Lake County Crime Stoppers paid out $29,700 in ‘12 for tips

Updated: February 12, 2013 2:22PM

Information about crimes paid well in 2012 as Lake County Crime Stoppers paid out $29,700 to people who called the organization to give information about crimes and criminals.

In 2012, the organization received 890 calls and logged 320 bona fide calls, according to Andy Anderson, executive director.

There were 433 cases closed and 172 arrests made because of information received by Crime Stoppers.

Drugs valued at $375,417.57 were seized and the value of property recovered was $162,990.24. Since its inception, tips have led to more than $27 million of contraband and stolen property seized.

Anderson said the group’s key phrases used in public campaigns is “Crime Stoppers wants your information, not your name” and “Crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does.”

How it works is someone calls in with information and they are given a secret coded number when they surrender the information if they do not want to leave their name. If the tip leads to an arrest, tipsters can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. Since 1983, Crime Stoppers has paid out a total of $918,323, Anderson said.

Anderson said Crime Stoppers, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in the county want residents to call when they see suspicious activity.

Crime Stoppers also runs the Gun Stoppers program where people can turn in guns. More information on the organization can be found at the Web site

At the same time, Anderson said January is was Lake County Crime Stoppers month in Illinois and in Gurnee and Mundelein.

If tipsters have information on a felony crime or fugitive, contact Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.

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