Established about a month ago, Clarke County's Crimestoppers program is taking off. In fact, thanks to a Crimestoppers tip four arrests were made within the past week in a convience store robbery in Quitman. Business leaders say this service benefits everyone.
"Whether you're a business or a citizen you pay the price for crime because it can lead to an increase in the price of products which you buy," said Joe Lowry, Vice-President of the Clarke County Crimestoppers Board.
Aside from private donations, Clarke County's Crimestoppers program has also received a $1,000 grant from the Crimestoppers program. Although good, organizers say more is still needed.
"Starting July 1, the Governor has signed a bill that requires $2 from misdemeanor fines to be paid to Crimestoppers, but it starts in July so it will probably be the first of the year before the funds will be available," said J.G. Kufell, Crimestoppers Investigator.
In keeping with its mission, Crimestopper officials are now asking for the public's help in tracking down 17-year-old Tyrone Dubose from the DeSoto Community in Clarke County. Dubose is 5 "8" and weighs 140 pounds. He is wanted for armed robbery and assault for a robbery that happened three months ago at a house on Clarke County Road 270.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts or any other criminal cases in the area can call the Clarke County Crimestoppers at 934-7600.
As always with Crimestoppers, you don't have to give your name and if your information leads to an arrest you could receive up to a $1,000 reward.