Michiana Crime Stoppers celebrates record-breaking month

SOUTH BEND, Ind – As March ended, Michiana Crime Stoppers celebrated its most successful month in the program's nearly 40-year history.

In March, Michiana Crime Stoppers surpassed all-time program records for cases, arrests and rewards.

Michiana Crime Stoppers recorded 54 cases, assisted in 34 arrests, and authorized $10,100 in rewards.

To put those numbers into perspective, Michiana Crime Stoppers saw a monthly average of 21 cases, 13 arrests, and $3,670 in reward authorizations in 2022.

Michiana Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Lt. Kayla Miller applauded the community for its support and the anonymous tipsters for contributing to the record-breaking month, saying "These cases are getting solved because people in our community are finally saying 'enough is enough."

Lt. Miller went on to say, "We are proud to be able to provide our community with an incentive for doing the right thing."

Since 1983, Michiana Crime Stoppers has served 13 counties in Indiana and Michigan, working with local law enforcement agencies and media outlets to offer an anonymous tip program for community members to provide information about felony crimes and fugitives.

In those 40 years, Michiana Crime Stoppers has assisted in solving more than 11,280 cases, more than 8,548 arrests, aided in recovering more than $18 million in narcotics and stolen property, and has authorized more than $1.2 million in rewards.

Rewards are funded entirely by corporate sponsorships and donations.

Michiana Crime Stoppers' largest fundraiser is the Spring Shredding Event, which is set for Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.

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