Tipster earns $200 for commercial burglary information, two arrested
by Brande Poulnot
Oct 20, 2010 | 2030 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was a "whodunit" crime until local authorities got a tip that paid off big -- for both the victim, who would have been out more than $60,000, and the tipster who made $200 for providing the anonymous information.

Cartersville Police Department investigators credit the tipster in the arrests of two people in connection with the October business burglary. Cartersville-Bartow County Crime Stoppers, which is set to provide its annual dose of comedic entertainment and good eats with its annual Mystery Dinner at Stonewall Manor, is the organization that made the tip possible.

The event to raise funds for Crime Stoppers rewards will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and drinks, including beer and wine, followed by the "murder" mystery theatrical presentation, which will span through dinner and dessert. Food and beverages are included in the $75 per person ticket price and reduced rates are available for tables.

"You've got three hours of loads of fun. We had a lot of fun last year with this -- it's totally different than it was last year, totally different cast members, different script," said board member Lynn Quick. "It's a surprise. That's what makes it the mystery. You have to figure out who did what at the end and there's a prize for the person who actually figures out who did it."

While the "whodunit" dinner will support Crime Stoppers -- which forwards information received from tips to participating law enforcement agencies, including the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and the Cartersville, Adairsville, Emerson, Euharlee, Kingston and White police departments -- CPD Capt. Michael Stewart said the recent tipster contributed to the department's investigation of the burglary at Aquafil, 10 Commerce Drive, Cartersville.

"When the tip came in, officers responded to an area we refer to as Mechanicsville -- right off Porter Street. They got a description of a vehicle and the stolen wire. It was unique wire from overseas," Stewart said. "Without the tip, we probably wouldn't have obtained that information to actually make the recovery of the wire and the arrests as we did in this case.

"It's very beneficial for the public to support and assist the police in these type matters, provide this information to help us do our jobs, recover property and make arrests in these cases. The tips are extremely important."

Formed by a group of concerned citizens in 2006, Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous information on all suspected criminal activity, past or present, through the tip line at 770-606-8477 (TIPS), and provides anonymously retrieved rewards for information that leads to an arrest.

"Crime Stoppers is here to support the community in deterring crime and bringing criminals to justice. Without the rewards, people won't call in and give the tips needed to arrest these people for the things they've done," Quick said. "Without the anonymity of the way this works, people are very leery about calling and telling you what they know. This whole thing is very anonymous when you do call the tip line, nobody knows who you are. We don't even know who you are."

Through the use of a personal identification number, tips -- which range from $50 to $1,000 depending on the severity of the crime -- are retrieved by unnamed tipsters at local banks.

To pay out those tips, the organization, led by a volunteer board, conducts fundraisers throughout the year, the latest of which was its August Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee's in Cartersville.

"We don't get any money from anybody else. It all comes from the community support so without that we're not here to be able to help deter crime," Quick said.

To purchase tickets to Crime Stopper's Mystery Dinner, call Tanya Rucker at 770-382-4973 or Quick at 770-386-6287. For more information on the organization or sponsorship, visit cartersville-bartowcrimestoppers.com.