WARNER ROBINS -- A day with the tactical teams for the Houston County Sheriffs Office or Warner Robins police was among the prizes auctioned off Wednesday at the annual luncheon for Macon Regional Crimestoppers.
Also up for bid was a chance to experience a use of force simulator with the Houston County Sheriffs Office and a ride along with a law enforcement agency in Houston, Peach or Crawford counties. The prizes went for $150 to $250 each, with a total raised of $850.
The Rotary Clubs of Houston County also presented Crimestoppers with mock check of $27,425.
The luncheon, held in the Century of Flight Hangar at the Museum of Aviation, was not only to raise funds but also to recognize the efforts of law enforcement agencies and the role Crimestoppers has in helping solve crimes.
About 40 percent of the arrests made through the Crimestoppers tip line are from Houston, Peach and Crawford counties, noted Warren Selby, chairman of the Crimestoppers board.
Centerville police Chief Sid Andrews said in a prerecorded video that law enforcement cannot have eyes everywhere. But Crimestoppers gives police those additional eyes needed to solve crimes through anonymous tips.
Houston County Sheriffs Capt. Robert Clark, head of the warrant division, noted that many times its the tips to Crimestoppers that result in arrests of people who could not be found any other way.
Since its inception 13 years ago, Crimestoppers has resulted in 3,925 arrests, the clearing of 5,776 cases and the recovery of more than $593,000 in property, according to figures released at the luncheon. In all, about $555,000 in rewards has been paid out to tipsters.
Crimestoppers also took time at the luncheon to honor retired Perry Public Safety Director George Potter, FBI Special Agent Jalaine Ward and retired Houston County sheriffs Col. Rueben McGhee for their lengthy years of service to their agencies and the community. Also in attendance was Susan Pierce, widow of the late David Pierce, Houston County Magistrate Courts chief judge for whom the luncheon is named.
The tip line for Crimestoppers is 742-2330 or (877) 68CRIME.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.