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05/10/04

CrimeStoppers Tips Aid in Arrests

The tip that led to the arrest of a suspect in Gloria Peloquin's murder came in late Friday afternoon to CrimeStoppers. The man was arrested on Saturday night, which goes to show how quickly CrimeStoppers can work.

"We got this tip prior to the close of business on Friday, so we were working with them at all times," said CrimeStoppers director Demery Bishop.

This is not the first big case CrimeStoppers helped solve this year. Charles Hill was arrested earlier this year as a suspect in the murder of a Church's Chicken employee.

"That's what our goal is," said Biship. "CrimeStoppers becoming a household word and so if you know anything, call CrimeStoppers."

Their lines are always open and always anonymous--no caller ID or * 69. In fact, you can't give your name. "The way we work is we ID people through a code number, so they can call back with additional information or collect their reward also paid through the code number."

Last year, CrimeStoppers received more than 1,100 tips. "In 2003, we had 86 cases resolved through CrimeStoppers," reported Bishop.

This year, that number could grow. "Out of the four months of this year, in three of those four months, we have excited 12 resolved cases," Bishop said.

You can always reach CrimeStoppers via phone at 234.2020, or you can file a confidential report online.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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