City Council Approves $25,000 To Fund Crime Stoppers Rewards


UPDATED: Monday December 10, 2012 6:36 PM

Columbus City Council members voted to approve $25,000 for Central Ohio Crime Stoppers on Monday evening.

The nonprofit said that it needs the funds to help police fight crime and make neighborhoods safer.

When you dangle a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone who can help catch a criminal, the money becomes critical, Crime Stoppers officials said.

Crime Stoppers officials said that it has shelled out nearly $15,000 this year to anonymous tipsters. The money helped make 55 arrests ranging from robbery to thefts, drug charges to murder.

Council members held off approving the $25,000 earlier this year-- until Crime Stoppers put in a new board and showed financial stability and accountability.

With that now squared away, everyone is moving forward saying the focus is about raising more money to help keep the city safe by getting fugitives off the streets.

The money would go toward catching alleged criminals, such as Major Thompson, wanted in connection with a robbery at a McDonald's restaurant on East Broad Street.

Marquieth Simpson, 19, is wanted for escape after fleeing from police while handcuffed. He was in custody for domestic violence and assault arrest.

Some of the money will also be used toward the salary for Crime Stopper's only secretary.

Anyone with information about the aforementioned suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-645-8477 or can be submitted at www.stopcrime.org.

Tips also can be texted to "CRIMES" 274637, keyword CMH.

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