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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Holiday Shopping Tips for Retail, Internet, and E-Commerce Purchases

Holiday Shopping Tips for Retail, Internet, and E-Commerce Purchases

Several People Have Reported Thefts While Buying or Selling in E-Commerce Transactions

  • 30 November 2017

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week
November 30, 2017


Officer Mike Badger, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for Sangamon and Menard counties.

It’s the holiday season and shoppers have many more venues to make purchases than they had in the past, and criminals are trying to victimize innocent shoppers any way they can. I’d like to offer a couple tips on safe holiday shopping. First, when shopping at retail and big box stores, don’t leave purchases visible in your vehicles and practice common safety sense in parking lots.  If you are making purchases from Craig’s list, Facebook, or other e-commerce sites, ALWAYS meet buyers or sellers at well-lit public places with security cameras and do NOT meet buyers or sellers while you are alone. There are safe e-commerce zones all over the area including the Springfield Police Station and locations in Petersburg, Greenview, and Athens. Police have taken several reports of people attempting to buy items from posts on Facebook or E-Commerce sites such as Craig's List only to become victimized by someone pretending to have interest in buying (or selling) the item and then robbing them at a designated meeting point such as a parking lot of a fast food restaurant.


If you are making purchases directly on the internet, make sure you are on a valid website, not a clone site designed to steal your credit card information or drain your bank accounts. Many internet scams are initiated when people receive an email offering great deals and offering a link to a major retail store. After making the internet purchase and checking out with their credit card or routing number, they discover that the link was to a clone site of the retail store. Many of these clone sites are nearly perfect replica's of the true website.

If you can identify the suspects in any theft cases or scams, Crime Stoppers would like to hear from you.  Just call the tipline at 788-8427 or leave it on the website Cashfortips.us. Happy SAFE shopping!

 

 

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Theft and Forgery of checks over 1000 dollars

  • 24 May 2018
Theft and Forgery of checks over 1000 dollars

This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify a subject involved in the theft and use of stolen/forged checks throughout Springfield totaling over a thousand dollars. The victim reports the theft occurred April 7th from 1151 N 8th around 3-p.m. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10-5’11, over 200lbs with a short beard. If you can identify this subject or the female with him, pictures will be on our website which is cashfortips.us.

Help Nab Burglars by Saving Information About Your Personal Property

Use LeadsOnLine.com to Save Personal Property Info and Crime Stoppers For Your Tip Information About Suspects

  • 26 April 2018
Help Nab Burglars by Saving Information About Your Personal Property

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

April 26, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

 

Residential burglaries occur in all areas and we’ve discussed in the past how citizens can take measures to prevent themselves from being victimized by making their home less vulnerable to being broken into and by reporting suspicious persons to police. This week we want to let you know how to take another pro-active step to fight burglary by keeping a record of serial numbers of property you own and photographing unique items such as jewelry. By saving this information for police if you are victimized - or better yet - storing this information on a free and secure database such as Leadsonline.com, it may help police identify a thief and could even assist in the return your property if you are ever victimized.

 

If you have any information about individuals who are involved in burglary or theft incidents, call the Crime Stopper tip line at 788-8427 and Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest. You can also leave a tip on this web page and you can get more information about the Property Inventory System by visiting Reportit.LeadsOnline.com.

Crime Stoppers Seeking Information on Sterling Raye-Washington Homicide

Up To $5000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Suspects

  • 19 April 2018
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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

April 19, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties.

 

On January 25th after 2 a.m. 23-year-old Sterling Raye-Washington was shot and killed, and a female was wounded by at least two intruders in his home. Detectives from the Springfield Police Department are examining evidence and are actively pursuing leads and persons of interest in the investigation. Crime Stoppers wants to remind you that we’ll pay up to five thousand dollars to anybody who comes forward with information that helps police conclude their investigation and make arrests in this case. There are multiple suspects, and even if only one of them is identified from your tip, the $5000 reward is in play.

Remember, all tips to Crime Stoppers are 100% anonymous; we never get the identity of those calling in and we guarantee that tipsters are paid in cash if the information is used to make an arrest. Make your anonymous call with information to the Crime Stopper tipline at 788-8427 any time or leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stopper website Cashfortips.us.  This is a case in which new information could be the vital link leading to an arrest.

Couple Commit Home Invasion on Oak Lane Road in September 2017

Arrest Warrant Obtained for Suspect Keyanna L Richards, Police Seeking Her Whereabouts

  • 12 April 2018
Couple Commit Home Invasion on Oak Lane Road in September 2017

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

April 12, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties

On a September evening last fall a home invasion occurred at a mobile home park on Oak Lane Road in Riverton. In the incident an adult male was watching tv when two subjects suddenly and unexpectantly entered his mobile home. One intruder was a black male who used a drill to batter the victim at the area of his head and face. A black female was also involved in the crime. The perpetrators left with two flat screen tv’s and a cell phone. The victim was hospitalized and has since recovered from his injuries.

The investigation by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office established that 23 year old Keyanna L. Richards was the female who was involved in the incident and an arrest warrant for Home Invasion, Burglary, Theft and other charges was issued. Police are seeking the whereabouts of Richards and need your help. Crime stoppers will pay a cash reward if you have information which helps police locate Richards to affect an arrest. Call the anonymous tip line at 788-8427 or leave a tip on our website Cashfortips.us.

Fake Money Used in Social Media Web Sales

Look-a-like Money is Worthless, Numerous Area Residents Victimized

  • 4 April 2018
Fake Money Used in Social Media Web Sales

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week
April 5, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, for Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

In the past Crime Stoppers has advised you about some of the dangers in transactions that originate on social media sites such as Facebook or Craig’s list. This week I want to focus on worthless money sellers have received in many of these transactions. At first glance the bills look like real U.S. currency however; on closer examination it’s evident that the money is not real. There are two main types of deceptive look-a-like money; One form is commonly referred to as Chinese money because it has pink Chinese symbols on the face and back of the US bills. Another fraudulent form is called movie money because it states on the front “Motion Picture Use Only”. The “motion picture use” phrase blends into the bill and deceives the unknowing victim. You can see examples of this worthless fake currency on the Crime Stoppers website Cashfortips.us.

 

If you have any information about persons involved in passing invalid money, give Crime Stoppers a call and you'll earn cash reward if your information leads to an arrest. Call the Crime Stopper tipline at 788-8427 or leave an anonymous tip on this website (Cashfortips.us). 

 

County Market on Sixth Street Robbed

Suspect Displayed Large Knife in 1 AM Robbery

  • 29 March 2018
County Market on Sixth Street Robbed

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

March 29, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

 

On March 21 shortly after 1 AM Springfield Police responded to an armed robbery at the County Market store on South 6th Street. In the incident, a white male in his 20’s, who was wearing a bright yellow hooded sweatshirt and a faded black or grey carhart style coat with maroon pants, brandished a large knife while in a checkout lane. He was able to escape with the cash drawer after threatening the clerk. The suspect stood approximately 5’ 5” inches tall with a thin build and had dark hair. After grabbing the cash drawer, the suspect left southbound on foot.

 Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2500 if you have   information that leads police in the right direction to make an arrest.  You can anonymously leave a tip on the Crime Stopper website cashfortips.us  or you can call the tip line any time of the day or night. The anonymous phone number is 788-8427. You can also leave a tip while you are on the Crime Stopper website or text your tip to us by following the instructions on the right side of the home page of the  website. Your tips lead to dozens of arrests every year, call Crime Stoppers today!

 

County Market on Sixth Street Robbed

Suspect Displayed Large Knife in 1 AM Robbery

  • 29 March 2018
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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

March 29, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

 

On March 21 shortly after 1 AM Springfield Police responded to an armed robbery at the County Market store on South 6th Street. In the incident, a white male in his 20’s who was wearing a bright yellow hooded sweatshirt   and a faded black or grey carhart style coat with maroon pants produced a large knife while in a checkout lane and was able to escape with the cash drawer after threatening the clerk. The suspect stood approximately 5’ 5” inches tall with a thin build and had dark hair. After grabbing the cash drawer, the suspect left southbound on foot.

 
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2500 if you have   information that leads police in the right direction to make an arrest.  You can anonymously leave a tip on the Crime Stopper website cashfortips.us  or you can call the tip line any time of the day or night. The anonymous phone number is 788-8427. You can also leave a tip on the Crime Stopper website Cashfortips.us or text your tip to us by following the instructions on the website. Your tips lead to dozens of arrests every year, call Crime Stoppers today!

 

Five Million Dollar Bond Set For Homicide Suspect

Police Seeking Whereabouts of Keshon McClinton

  • 15 March 2018
Five Million Dollar Bond Set For Homicide Suspect

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

 March 15, 2018

Officer Matt Goulet, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

An investigation into the shooting of Javonne Harris on April 9th at the FasMart Service Station at 2900 South Grand Avenue in Springfield has led police to identify the shooting suspect as 18-year-old Keshon McClinton. A five-million-dollar bond arrest warrant for First Degree Murder and other charges has been issued for McClinton and Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward if you can provide information that leads to his apprehension and arrest. He’s described as being 6’3” tall and he weighs approximately 156 pounds. Police believe he has ties to the Springfield and Chicago areas. Police urge you not to take any action on your own to apprehend McClinton, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and the information will be forwarded to the nearest law enforcement agency to make the arrest.

 

The Crime Stopper tip line can be accessed anytime of the day or night at 788-8427 and tips can be left on the website Cashfortips.us. You can also text information anonymously by using the keyword TIP672, entering the information you want to get to police, and sending it to CRIMES. Help police make an arrest to get this suspect off the streets

Seeking information on growing graffiti problem

  • 8 March 2018
Seeking information on growing graffiti problem

Officer Mike Badger, for Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

Police have taken several reports of unknown persons spray painting graffiti images and symbols on several buildings and vehicles in the Springfield area in the past few weeks and Crime Stoppers hopes your tips will lead to the identification of the culprit. Graffiti is an age old form of vandalism that debases the aesthetics of an area and contributes to a decline in any community in which it presents itself. It also creates a burden on individual victims and neighborhood residents who are forced to spend their time and money in cleanup efforts to erase the damage caused by those who engage in this criminal public nuisance.

Crime Stoppers Offers Help in Reporting Suspicious Activity in Schools

Report Potential School Threats to School Administrators, Law Enforcement, or Crime Stoppers

  • 1 March 2018
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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

 March 1, 2018

Officer Mike Badger, for Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard counties.

With the recent school shooting tragedy in Parkland Florida following several other senseless incidents in which our country which has lost dozens of innocent children, Crime Stoppers wants to point out that in many cases there were clues or indicators that could have prevented the shootings- and that information hadn’t been relayed to authorities. In some situations those with knowledge- many of them students themselves- didn’t know who to give the information to or they didn’t want to give their name because they just weren’t certain that the threat was real. Crime Stoppers feels we can help address these concerns by offering anonymity to any caller who calls with information about someone who may pose a life-threatening danger in any school in our area.

We already have Campus Crime Stopper Program in the District 186 high Schools but we want to get the word out that anybody with information can call the Crime Stopper tipline at 788-8427 anytime of any day. By working together we could curtail a crisis in our area.

 

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