DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Surveillance video showed an armed robbery at the Orient Express in June 2011.
Dayton police made a plea to the public for help finding this suspect.
A Crime Stoppers tip led them to 20-year-old Aaron George.
He was convicted of robbery and kidnapping in this case.
“Sometimes, that little bit of information is what detectives need in getting a foothold in the case and solving it,” says Detective Cayce Cantrell.
Detective Cantrell runs the Crime Stoppers Program.
“It’s pretty successful. I would say about 10% of the tips called in result in an award being paid or being approved. Now, some people get approved for a reward, but they don’t want it,” comments Detective Cantrell.
She says the average reward is about $250.
The largest payout is $1,000 for more serious crimes such as murder.
“All the tipster has to do is go into the bank with their special ID number and say I’m here to collect a Crime Stoppers award, this is my number. They hand them an envelope with cash in it, no questions asked,” comments Detective Cantrell.
You can submit tips by phone, on the web or mobile app.
Detective Cantrell thinks the success can be attributed to the fact that tipsters remain anonymous.
“They will strip whatever information from your phone or your computer. It will go to a third party server where it is then assigned an alias ID before it even ends up being dumped back into my software. So, that’s how we maintain everybody’s anonymity,” she says.
In 2013, 1,016 tips were received, 107 arrests, $22,350 rewards approved, 31 weapons recovered and $77,953 total drugs and property recovered.
Detective Cantrell says it’s proof Crime Stoppers is making the streets safer.
“Without it, I think a lot of victims of crimes like these would not have closure, especially the homicides,” she explains.
Crime Stoppers is partially funded through a house bill that takes a portion of the proceeds from traffic and drug-related cases in Montgomery County.
The program also relies on private donations.
For more information, visit Miami Valley Crime Stoppers online.