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St. Louis starts local Crime Stoppers program

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis is forming a branch of Crime Stoppers, an international prgram with more than 1,200 operations.

A telephone tip line will allow anonymous callers to report a crime or information that may lead to one. Cash rewards will be offered if the tip leads to an arrest or indictment.

Former U.S. Attorney Jim Martin says single arrests often solve several crimes.

"We don't have that many crooks on the street," Martin said. "But they're committing multiple crimes. When neighbors start calling in the hotline and getting these people off the street, it's going to not only solve old crimes, it's going to stop a lot of crimes in the future."

The toll-free tip line to report a crime is 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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