Since its 2007 founding, Crime Stoppers Atlanta has helped solve some 572 cases and led police to 419 arrests, including several members of the Jack Boys Gang.
Crime Stoppers offers anonymity and monetary rewards for information that helps law enforcement solve crimes.
On Friday, the Atlanta Police Department posted a photo of a person of interest, Gary Watson, that is included with this story. With the photo came this:
Gary Watson is a “Serial Office Creeper” who is the suspect in numerous “Theft from Buildings.” He has been captured on video involving thefts from Hotels and Office buildings in Zone-5, Georgia State University & Emory University.
If you have any information call Zone-5 CID Officer Ball (404) 658-6636 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS(8477)."
“Crime affects everyone, whether or not they’ve been a victim. It breeds fear, anger and a sense of vulnerability in the community,” said Miguel Sepulveda, director of Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta. “We are all obligated to do our part in fighting crime and making our communities safe and Crime Stoppers is the easiest, most direct way citizens can do their part – submitting tips or contributing to the reward fund.”
Through August 31 the program has:
- recevied 8,210 anonymous tips
- led to 419 arrests
- helped police solve 572 cases
- resulted in the capture of 250 fugitives
- led to $320,128 in property being recovered and drugs seized
- taken 32 guns off the street
- approved $366,326 in rewards
As October is Crime Stoppers Month, East Atlanta Patch sat down with Sepulveda to discuss the program and its impact on Atlanta.