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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It has been a successful year for Crimestoppers.
To date-- CMPD has received more than 1,200 tips from stories we've presented. Of those 1,200, police have made 220 arrests-- that's one arrest for every five tips.
This includes taking 29 weapons and $55,000 of drugs off our streets. Plus, it meant recovering $85,000 of property.
"We had a lot of armed robberies in the city," said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson. "We covered a lot of them, and because of Crimestoppers a lot of them were solved."
One year ago, there were 1,800 tips and 248 cases cleared. Crimestoppers paid out $40,000 in rewards, but when the dust settled, police had seized 21 weapons, $356,000 worth of drugs and recovered $70,000 of property. That's a return of ten dollars gained for every one dollar paid for a legitimate tip.
"It makes me feel good those guns and weapons and bad people are not going to be on the street and be a threat to the people out here in the public."
Detective Cuthbertson attended this week's North Carolina Crimestoppers Convention in Shelby and was named state coordinator of the year.
If you'd like to join Charlotte's crime fighting team, you or your company can make a donation to Charlotte Crimestoppers by PayPal. Follow this link http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/donation__membership