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2017 Crime Stopper and Crime Stats

PALESTINE, JANUARY 8, 2018 -- For 2017 Crime Stoppers was once again successful in helping us apprehend fugitives and gathering info on area crimes committed.  Crime Stoppers paid out over $9,000 in tip money for info on wanted person and crime tips.  37 fugitives were apprehended as a result of tips called in to Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477.

Thefts and burglaries were at a consistent pace with years past and the hard working men and women at the Sheriff’s Office were able to recover over $630,000 in stolen property and solve 19% of the burglaries, which is higher than the national average for burglaries solved at 12-15%.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our citizens to help us prevent theft and burglaries and to help us catch those who steal.  Cameras and alarms are always helpful in deterring crime and also in helping catch the perpetrators.  Also, the recording of makes, models and serial #’s on all property is very helpful in helping us identify and recover the property and prosecute the suspects.  Another way to deter crime is to get to know your neighbors and together watch each other’s property and report suspicious activity.

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