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Pueblo Crime Stoppers helps close 122 cases in 2017

Pueblo Crime Stoppers helps close 122...

PUEBLO, Colo. - More than 2,000 calls came into Pueblo Crime Stoppers in 2017, helping solve 122 cases.

Thanks to all the tips made to the Police Department, 65 people were arrested and stolen property recovered.

Crime Stoppers president Chuck Granato said he hopes to keep this momentum going.
  
"The calls are up, yeah. Crimes against property is down a little bit, we have no idea why that is. The drug crimes keep coming in pretty strong," Granato said.

Pueblo police Chief Troy Davenport said Crime Stoppers has been a great resource.

"Over time, Crime Stoppers has helped us solve everything from homicides to petty thefts," Davenport said.

But the Pueblo community is also doing its own policing with Facebook pages where people report suspicious activity they see in the city.

Pueblo residents we spoke with say it's important to keep an eye out for their community.

"I think you've got to report everything that you see, even things that just look fishy. It's your responsibility to take care of the community," said Pueblo West resident Ernest Garcia.

"I've lived here all my life and I really haven't seen anything, but if I ever did, I would definitely call Crime Stoppers," said Pueblo resident Tom Radliff.

Davenport said it doesn't matter where the information is coming from as long as criminals are getting off the streets.

"It's the officers who have the authority within the office to take action and we welcome any kind of information that we can get that might solve crime and keep people safe," Davenport said.

If you see something and want to remain anonymous call 542-STOP.

Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous and tipsters can get up to $1,000 if the information they provide leads to an arrest.


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