Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 13, 2013

Crime Solvers needs your help

The Allegany-Mineral Counties Crime Solvers has been instrumental lately in prompting citizens of the area to report information about criminal activity they have knowledge of.

Several of the most recent arrests, made possible through tips received on the Crime Solvers hotline, have been in conjunction with the newly created Safe Streets Program, an initiative designed to locate criminals with open warrants and get them off the streets.

Recently rewards were given to persons supplying information that was used to locate fugitives charged with robbery and assault; theft, credit card offenses and forgery; and drug violations and motor vehicle theft.

Safe Streets Program Coordinator David Goad recently stated “We appreciate citizen support in provided information on local fugitives, through Crime Solvers, which is a vital resource for the Safe Streets Program.”

In the last two years alone, Crime Solvers has paid close to $5,500 for information leading to the arrest of fugitives from justice, criminals wanted for property and automobile theft, bank robberies, home invasions, credit card theft and attempted murder.

Information received on the Crime Solvers hotline (301-722-4300, or Toll Free 877-722-4307) is evaluated by Cpl. Kevin Detrick, Maryland State Police sex offender registration coordinator, Allegany County, who also serves as the Crime Solvers Law Enforcement Coordinator.

Detrick, who is assigned to C3l (Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit) in Allegany County, forwards these tips to the police agency investigating that particular crime.

C3l is comprised of experienced investigators from the Cumberland Police Department, Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Frostburg Police Department, Frostburg State University Police, State’s Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to Detrick, “Crime Solvers is a valuable tool for law enforcement and has been instrumental in solving a variety of crimes and capturing fugitives ranging in severity from property crimes to kidnapping and homicide”.

The Allegany County Crime Solvers has been providing monetary incentives for information that leads to the resolution of crimes since 1981, according to Lou Femi, the organization’s president.

Unlike other rewards, Crime Solvers does not require a conviction, only sufficient information that leads to an arrest. At no time does a person with information regarding a crime have to reveal their identity or appear in court, and all information is treated confidentially.

Over the last 30 years, Crime Solvers has been directly responsible for resolving over 1,400 felony cases, the recovery of over $950,000 in property, and the arrest of over 250 criminal offenders.

Crime Solvers has paid over $50,000 in rewards, ranging from $100 to $1,500, depending upon the severity of the crime, stated Femi. In 2007, Mineral County Crime Solvers joined the Allegany County unit to become the Allegany-Mineral Counties Crime Solvers, and the combined organization began rewarding citizens in both counties for providing information regarding criminal activity.

One of the major sources of funding for rewards is the “Crime Solvers Bonanza,” a steak dinner/cash bash event held each August at the State Troopers Lodge in Avilton.

Only 225 tickets are sold, and must be purchased in advance. Information regarding this important fund raiser may be obtained by calling 301-689-9291, or 301-268-4966.

For more information, contact Bernie Zlomek at 301-689-9291 or bzlomek@yahoo.com

Bernie Zlomek

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