By Sarah Plummer
Crime Stoppers of Raleigh County is looking for more community support and for more Crime Stoppers organizations to open across the state.
Everette “Butch” Fink, law enforcement coordinator for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center and newly appointed interim president of Crime Stoppers for Raleigh County, said he wants the public to get more involved in bringing tips forward.
Currently tips are being requested regarding several robberies across the county.
Since 1993, Crime Stoppers has helped clear 337 cases and 276 rewards have been paid out for tips.
In all, just under $54,000 has been paid to anonymous tippers, Fink said.
This year Crime Stoppers has been involved in 13 cases and was instrumental in solving a felony murder.
“Recently there was a homicide that had a large payout. It was a case where police had no idea where to go until the tip came in,” he said.
Fink stressed that those who call in information are issued an identification number and are only identified by their number from then on.
Crime Stoppers has also recovered more than $216,000 in property and confiscated nearly $1 million in drugs since 1993.
Fink added that, to his knowledge, Raleigh has the only Crime Stoppers organization in the state. He would like to see Charleston, Parkersburg, Martinsburg and Huntington areas organize their own.
The organization is funded through donations and fundraising drives.
Fink, who served 22 years with the Beckley Police Department and was Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division for 5 years, stressed the important role Crime Stoppers plays in solving crimes.
Tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers over the phone (304-255-STOP) or online (http://raleighcounty.crimestoppersweb.com/).
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