CrimeStoppers hits milestone of 2000th arrest

After having a tip line open for eight years, Macon Regional CrimeStoppers has surpassed the 2,000th arrest benchmark, board Chairman Warren Selby announced Thursday.

“This is a major milestone,” Selby said during a news conference attended by representatives from several area law enforcement agencies, the Macon City Council and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce arrested 20-year-old Deandre Billue of Plant Street on Monday, marking the 2,000th arrest. Billue was wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for simple battery, cruelty to children and criminal trespass, according to CrimeStoppers.

As of Thursday, CrimeStoppers tips have led to 2,008 arrests — 94 so far this year, said Executive Director Sgt. Zac Self.

Since 2000, CrimeStoppers has paid out more than $270,000 in rewards to people who anonymously call in tips that have led to the arrest and conviction of wanted people in Middle Georgia, Selby said.

Macon Regional CrimeStoppers averages 245 arrests each year, far more than many other programs that operate with a similar goal, Selby said.

For comparison, he said the CrimeStoppers program operating in Columbus averages 68 arrests each year, Savannah averages 75 arrests each year, Montgomery, Ala., averages 94 arrests, and 53 people are arrested each year as a result of the “America’s Most Wanted” TV program.

“What we have is a partnership that works,” he said.

“This is a model of what this community can do when working together with a common goal.”

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.