You can now "text your tips" to help catch Most Wanted criminals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/10

You can now "text your tips" to help catch Most Wanted criminals

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Public Safety needs your help to track down some of the most dangerous Texas fugitives. There is a new way to get criminals behind bars and for you to collect an increased reward.

DPS is now making it easier for you to give a tip to catch a criminal, all you have to do is text. The Texas Department of Public Safety wants your help to put the tem most wanted fugitives behind bars. "We're discouraging anyone if they do come in contact with any of these individuals or see these individuals, not to be proactive in law enforcement or vigilant in trying to apprehend these individuals because we are considering these people armed and dangerous," says Corporal John Gonzalez with the Department of Public Safety.

On Tuesday, an even more effective way to get your tips out there is at the touch of a button. "It gives us more advancement, it gives us more time, more resources to utilize then just 911 or calling your local agency," says Gonzalez.

If you have any information about the top ten most wanted in Texas, or you spot them on the run, all you have to do is text their whereabouts to the number 274637 or "CRIMES" and be sure to give as much detail as possible. "We can actually take proper action a whole lot quicker than just sitting there and saying I saw this person yesterday," said Gonzalez.

The reward for the top ten most wanted has been increased to $5 thousand for tips leading to an arrest. Ngoc Van Tran, one of the top ten most wanted in Texas, was last known to live in Amarillo. He is wanted for the murder of his wife. "We're encouraging people in the young youth generation to utilize their cell phones or websites to actually get on and link in and give us that information to apprehend these suspects," said Gonzalez.

Now, the Department of Public Safety wants to urge citizens not to text while you are driving. All you have to do is text your tip to "CRIMES" or 274637. The Crime Stopper Hotline is 1-800-252-TIPS.

To see a complete list of the Top Ten Most Wanted in Texas, just Click Here. You are also able to email your tips from this website.

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