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Crimeline increases rewards for successful tipsters


The who's who of Lubbock's law enforcement took the stage Wednesday afternoon at the Lubbock Police Department and they all agreed one thing.

"We're one tip away from being able to solve a crime," Sheriff Kelly Rowe said.

Over the years, Crimeline tips have resulted in countless cases being solved.

"I can remember case after case that originated from someone's tip," District Attorney Matt Powell said. However, recently the number of tips coming in has slowed and Crimeline president Jim Sexton decided to do something about it.

"We haven't paid out the rewards that we used to. There's no sense in having money built up. We have crime going on in Lubbock, so I called a meeting with law enforcement," Sexton said.

Due to a few generous donations, Crimeline was in a good place to up their reward payout.

"It's tremendous. We have a lot of cases that go unsolved every year. The stacks always keep getting higher, so we need every bit of assistance to get out there and find these people," Rowe said. Right now, there are over 23,000 open warrants in Lubbock County, thousands of cases that Rowe hopes will benefit from this increase.

"It's very rare for someone to commit the perfect crime and there not be somebody out there that knows some detail," Rowe said. If they do, tipsters could get their hands on a pretty penny, as there has been a significant increase in payouts across the board.

"The old amount being a hundred to a thousand, it really wasn't worth the time and attention. But this could help somebody substantially," Powell said.

However, that wasn't the only announcement made at the news conference. A "Crime of the Week" and "Top Ten Fugitives" list will also be released soon.

"We're going to start highlighting various unsolved, significant crimes that have occurred, whether that's a cold case or burglary of habitation," Rowe said.  

Rowe said they plan on using PSA's and social media to spread the word. Officials encourage anyone with information about a crime to contact Crimeline anonymously at 741-1000. Below is a list of reward money for successful tipsters:

  • MURDER $5,000
  • TOP 10 MOST WANTED $1,000
  • NARCOTICS $500
  • FUGITIVES $300

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