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Crimestoppers Tips Lead to More Arrests in 2011
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More than 450 wanted people were arrested in 2011, thanks to tips made through Macon Regional Crimestoppers.

Officials say that's the most since the non-profit was created in 2000.

When the red phone rings at Crimestoppers, the staff talks with someone who could provide valuable information to help catch a criminal.

"December 1, 2011, a man walked into the BB&T bank at 2535 Mercer University Drive in Macon. He wrote a note to the teller asking them for money and walked away," said Executive Director Robert Martin. "The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Donald Carswell."

Tips from the anonymous line led to the arrest of 466 people in 2011, 428 in 2010 and 449 the year before said Martin.

"We contribute that success to the community for one, relying more on our program," he said.

Martin said several factors encourage people to call with information.

"I think that they know that we'll keep up with our promise of making sure they remain anonymous and they know that we'll pay them reward money for giving us information," he said.

But it's not all about the money for everyone. "I'd say about one third of the callers that we get say they're not interesting in collecting any reward money at all," said Martin. "They just want to let police know and have the security of knowing that they will remain anonymous."

He says keeping those promises is crucial, so they can continue answering the calls, and working to put criminals behind bars.

Martin says since 2000- tips to Macon Regional Crimestoppers has led to 3,299 arrests.

It covers eight counties in central Georgia.

For more information check out the Crimestoppers website.

It submit a tip, call 877-68-CRIME.

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