It was a terrifying robbery at the McDonalds on Slaughter Lane on January 20, 2013. A survelliance camera captured two men demanding cash. They also pistol whipped an employee and fired several shots into the air.
Two weeks later an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers lead to the arrest of 22-year-old Joseph Jackoskie and 26-year-old Ricky Ybarra. Both were charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery.
Nearly every day someone in Central Texas is arrested thanks to a tip to Capital Area Crime Stoppers. Austin police say it's one of their most important tools in combating crime.
"There have been cases that were going nowhere and a tip lead us to where we needed to be," said Austin Police Department Detective Eric Cleveland.
Since it began in Austin in 1979, Crime Stoppers has assisted law enforcement agencies in taking 18,318 tips, solving 10,708 crimes, making 7,005 arrests, recovering more than $33,332,000 in stolen property and narcotics and paid over $951,000 in rewards. Each day of operation, a felony case is cleared.
If you have any information about about a crime, call 472-T-I-P-S.
Or to text your tip, just text "TIP103 plus your message to "CRIMES."
If your tip leads to an arrest you could get a reward up of to $1,000.
Capital Area Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and relies on your donations for help. If you have a smartphone you can text DONATE to "70123" to help.