Bluegrass Crime Stoppers gives out record amount of rewards in October

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a sign more crimes are getting solved. Bluegrass Crime Stoppers says it has paid a record amount of rewards in the last month. The program is on pace to have a record year as well.

You see the Crime Of The Week here on WKYT every Tuesday. Tips leading to arrests in those cases can be worth up to a thousand dollars. In October, Bluegrass Crime Stoppers paid out $4,000.

"People know they can remain anonymous," said Lexington Police Detective Robert Sarrantonio. "If they want to call on a neighbor, a friend, a loved one. Nobody has ever been identified in the history of the program."

According to Detective Sarrantonio, Bluegrass Crime Stoppers has paid nearly $500,000 in rewards to members of the community during the last 25 years.

Last year was the first time total rewards topped out at a record $25,000. The program could meet or exceed that number this year.

Crime Stoppers relies on donations. Since they've been giving so much out, officials say they now need to bring more money in.

"We really need the public's support for our fundraisers," Detective Sarrantonio said. "This really is a grass roots effort, partnership with the community"

The Crime Stoppers telethon is one of the ways the organization raises money. The telethon will air here on WKYT at the first of the year.

If you would like to make a donation to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, you can send it to 150 East Main Street in Lexington. The zip code is 40507.

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