Crime Stoppers received 795 tips and solved 33 cases in 2010, leading to more than $3,400 in rewards, the organization announced. Not all the money has been collected.
Most of it resulted from the arrests of 29 fugitives, the resolution of four criminal cases and the payment of five rewards regarding weapons at schools.
The “Keep Guns Outta Schools” program pays $75 for information that leads to the seizure of a weapon on school property. In total, 234 suspects were arrested after being featured on the Crime Stoppers website, Spokane-area television programs and Washington’s Most Wanted, a program featuring unsolved crimes and fugitives from all over Washington.
Since its inception in 2008, program has paid out $156,845.
“In many instances, local crimes would have gone unsolved had not a tipster provided a key tip that led police to its resolution,” according to a news release.