Golf scramble raises money for Crime Stoppers

For more than 20 years, they've been putting criminals behind bars.

Every week on WKYT, we bring you the "Crime of the Week" for Crime Stoppers.

On Friday, that non-profit organization was out in the community, raising money to reward you for your tips.

The annual Crime Stoppers Golf Scramble was held at Lexington's Marriott Griffin Gate Resort.

It's all to help the organization that's helped put many criminals in jail.

"We started in 1987 here in Lexington, and since then we've paid out over $400,000 in rewards and have also recovered over $2.5 million in narcotics or stolen property," Det. Rob Sarrantonio of Lexington Police said. "We've helped solve over 2,400 cases and made over 1,000 arrests since we started the program."

Here's how Crime Stoppers works. You call in to the tip line with your information. Police then investigate. If that information leads to an arrest, you can be rewarded up to $1,000.

"Anyone who calls us is completely anonymous," Sarrantonio said. "They don't have to leave their names. We use code numbers and passwords to pay them. They never have to identify themselves for either safety reasons or to make them feel more comfortable. "

The community has really been stepping up to help lately. A majority of the crimes in the last two months have been solved.

"We've solved over 75% of the Crimes of the Week, which is above our normal average, so we're getting a great response from the community," Sarrantonio said.

If you'd like to donate to the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers organization, you can send your donation to 150 East Main Street, Lexington, KY, 40507.

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