Crime Stoppers is asking your help to solve metal theft crimes throughout the territory. If you know something, say something. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases.
Over the past several weeks, the territory has experienced several incidents involving metal theft, possibly for sale in the scrap market. On St. Croix, graves at the Kingshill Cemetery were desecrated by having their brass grave markers pried off and stolen, including from the grave of a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty.
For the sake of the families of the deceased, please tell us what you know. In Frederiksted, two males were caught and arrested after taking heavy copper wiring from a residence.
In other cases, wiring has been taken from communications facilities, which could negatively affect any of us throughout the community. Please tell Crime Stoppers what you know about the theft of copper, brass, aluminum, or other metals, including who may be selling or buying stolen metals, and help put these thieves behind bars, where they belong.
Community members can submit tips on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Your tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators are bilingual.
If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, the tipster receives a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions.
Only anonymous callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards. Our technology makes it virtually impossible for anyone to trace your tip back to you. To learn how it works, visit www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org .
Since January 2009, Crime Stoppers has received 932 anonymous tips from the community, allowing law enforcement to make 101 arrests and recover 67 illegal weapons. We have also approved $81,167 of rewards and have paid $34,385 of rewards. Thank you for helping to make our territory a safer place to live, work and raise a family.