Thousands of crimes solved, thanks to Crime Stoppers


by KVUE News

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

AUSTIN -- Every day an arrest is made in Central Texas, thanks to a tip from Crime Stoppers.  Police say it's one of their most important tools in fighting crime.

Surveillance video at stores and homes help police solve crimes, but it's often anonymous Crime Stoppers' tips that help police identify criminals. 

"Right now, we average about 155 tips per month," said Luis Cadena, who has been with the Crime Stoppers unit for more than five years. "That includes robbery, narcotic tips, various tips that come out, suspicious activity."

Cadena says information is a great partner to investigation.

"It allows people out in the community to anonymously give information and  help solve cases and get dangerous fugitives off the street," he said. "Because of the anonymity of the program, people feel conformable giving information."

Rosemary Borges, 65 and disabled, was brutally murdered in October. Investigations had very little information, so to get the word out, police asked for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

"Information started flowing in about a particular individual," Cadena said.

Within days, a tip led to the arrest of 22-year-old Billy Ray Byers.

On May 6, video captured a woman attacked and robbed outside a Sixth Street Bar. A tip to Crime Stoppers lead to the arrest of Steven Lawrence Keller.

Anonymous tips to Capital Area Crime Stoppers solve crimes.  Thanks to Crime Stoppers, 10,529 crimes have been solved, including 172 murders and 3,781 robberies. 

Crime Stoppers is a program that works.