AUSTIN (TEXAS) – The Texas Department of Public Safety set a record number of captures in 2013 from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program.
DPS and other agencies apprehended 32 fugitives from the 10 Most Wanted list – 19 of which were sex offenders. A total of $77,500 was paid in rewards for anonymous tips that led to arrests. Two arrested fugitives and one sex offender were extradited from Mexico.
2013’s arrests broke the previous year’s record of 30 apprehensions, and the sum paid in rewards is the second-highest total payout in a year.
DPS Director Steven McCraw said tips from the public are essential to the success of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in finding and apprehending fugitives. As a result, Gov. Rick Perry declared January Crime Stoppers month in Texas. The Crime Stoppers program encourages citizens to anonymously repot crimes for cash rewards. It’s funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
To provide an anonymous tip: There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).