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Criminal Activity in Sales Exchanges from Online Person-to Person Sales Websites

Counterfeit Money, Fake Money, Altered Money and Robberies

  • 22 June 2017
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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week
 June 22, 2017

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

Crime Stoppers wants to alert the public that in transactions originated on social media sites such as Facebook, Let Go, and Craig’s list, sellers have received look alike money - or in some cases- Counterfeit money - in exchange for their goods. Police have also taken reports in which sellers were robbed when meeting people who indicated they wanted to purchase items in these internet based person- to-person sales. Crime Stoppers urges you to utilize safe e-commerce zones, such as the one in the lobby of the Springfield Police station. 

You should also to examine each bill received prior to exchanging goods to avoid being victimized. Some invalid currency used in these transactions appears to be valid at first glance however if you look at it closely there are Chineese symbols on the bills or the bills are indicated to be Motion Picture currency. Although the Chineese currency and Motion Picture currency appears to be valid U.S.Currency, if you look closely at it you can see that it clearly indicates on the money that it is not legal tender. If you have any questions about the validity of currency you receive, hold it up to the light and check for a watermark in the paper of the currency that is not printed on the exterior of the bill.
 

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Previous Crime of the Week

Two People Sought in Retail Theft, Aggravated Battery at Mall

Five Month Old Baby Pepper Sprayed by Suspect

  • 15 June 2017
Two People Sought in Retail Theft, Aggravated Battery at Mall
Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week June 15, 2017 Officer Mike Badger, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for Sangamon and Menard counties. Crime Stoppers wants to help police identify two suspects who- after being involved in a shoplifting incident at White Oaks Mall on May 25th- attacked and beat two people who witnessed the thefts. After punching and kicking the witnesses, one of the suspects pulled out a canister of pepper spray and sprayed the victims- and a five month old baby who was in a stroller nearby.  Police have surveillance video of the suspects and I’ve posted images on this website in hopes that somebody can help identify the suspects. In addition to being wanted for investigation of Retail Theft, these two suspects face charges of Aggravated Battery,...
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Special Notice

Special $5000 Reward for Arrest of Shooter in Homicide

Also Special Offer of Up To $2500 For Weapons / Arrests in Lutz Gun Theft

  • 6 January 2017
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Officer Mike Badger, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for Sangamon and Menard counties.

In recent years there has been a gradual, but steady increase in gun violence in our country and the loss of life continues to grow. On December 20th 19 year old Alaysia Bennett was killed when a barrage of bullets was fired into a vehicle occupied by her and four other persons, one of them a 3 year old baby. The senseless end of this young girl’s life, a girl who had a bright future ahead of her, brings focus on the dangerous state of affairs we are faced with in the world today- not to mention the near miss of an even greater unimaginable tragedy that could have taken place on that night.
 

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Featured News

Crime Stoppers Board Increases Maximum Reward

  • 17 February 2017
Crime Stoppers Board Increases Maximum Reward

Crime Stoppers is increasing the maximum reward from $1000 to $2500 for tips leading to the arrest of criminals in Sangamon & Menard Counties. By doing so, we hope to address serious criminal matters by providing greater incentives for persons to come forward with information.

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Help catch the most wanted

  • 9 January 2014
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Local police plan to unveil a fresh batch of names and faces for the Springfield Police's Most Wanted list next week. Until then, click inside to browse photos of these elusive fugitives to see if you can help authorities locate them.

Warren Boynton Bank robbery solved

  • 22 November 2013
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A Crime Stoppers Tip led to the arrest of 33 year old Shawn T Graves, who robbed Warren Boynton Bank at 3030 Spring Mill Dr, on 11/4/2013 at 9:40 am. The tip led to a successful investigation by the Springfield Police Detective Bureau.

Qik-n-Ez Sponsor and Ticket Local

  • 27 September 2013
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We want to give a big thanks to Qik-n-Ez for their sponsorship of our 30th annual Community Unity event.  If you'd like to attend tickets may be purchased at any Qik-n-Ez location.

SJ-R spotlights 30 years of Crime Stoppers

  • 13 September 2013
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During its 30-year history, the local program, which began as an anti-drug tip line in 1983, has helped close more than 7,170 cases, contributed to more than 4,300 arrests, and assisted in recovering more than $7.56 million in stolen property, cash or drugs. In the last few years, Crime Stoppers has found ways to adapt to the ever-changing technology landscape, according to Ernie Slottag, who’s served as a volunteer member of the organization’s 30-member board since 1998.

WICS Property Damage Report (Video)

  • 13 September 2013
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Crime Stoppers: Westchester Property Damage Springfield police are trying to track down the people responsible for damaging property in the Westchester subdivision.
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