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City celebrates Crime Stoppers anniversary

November 15, 2018

Mayor Tom Henry today celebrated a 35-year effort that has aided the arrest of more than 11,400 people: the Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers.

“The individuals behind me are passionate about the work they do,” Henry said, referring to a group of 18, most of whom were clad in red Crime Stoppers shirts.

The nonprofit, which relies on donations, offers cash rewards up to 500,000.

It can be difficult to find those wanted by police because they move constantly, so it’s a big help to have 300,000 community members watching for the alleged criminals, said Greg Lewis, Crime Stoppers executive director.

Lewis recalled a murder case in which Crime Stoppers received a tip that the suspect was on a bus to Indianapolis.

“He got the biggest surprise of a lifetime” upon arriving in the Circle City, Lewis said.

For more on this story, see Friday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m.

asloboda@jg.net

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