Goliad County joins Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers

Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

Goliad County is now part of an active crime stoppers organization.

Recently, Goliad County joined Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers, which includes Bee and Live Oak counties.

Residents of the Coastal Bend area can turn their knowledge of a local crime into a cash reward.

Tips made through crime stopper tip lines help to solve crimes.

The identity of informants is kept confidential, and the rewards are paid in cash through banks in Beeville.

The money to pay the rewards comes from fees paid by felony probationers.

These fees are added to the court costs and are approved by the district attorney in the appropriate county.

The money to operate the individual crime stopper programs comes from grants and donations.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

All donations are tax deductible under IRS rules.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers is supported by Bee County Sheriff Carlos Carrizales, Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby, and Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby.

The program is directed by a civilian board of directors with members from each county.

In 2010, Texas Crime Stoppers' tips statewide led to 7,002 suspects being arrested, 8,815 offenses cleared, $3,416,577 worth of property recovered and $48,098,307 worth of narcotics seized.

The tip line is the same for Bee, Goliad and Live Oak Counties - 1-361-362-0206 or 1-877-362-0206.



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