Fort Myers PD and Crime Stoppers up the ante against violence

FOX 4 Staff

Fort Myers PD and Crime Stoppers up the ante against violence

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Jan 11, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers Police Department with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is offering enhanced rewards for information leading to the arrests and convictions of some of the city's most violent, repeat offenders.

Crime Stoppers and the FMPD will offer an additional $5,000 for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of persons illegally possessing firearms and anyone who has committed a robbery.

FMPD is also offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and convictions of the person or persons responsible for any murder in Fort Myers.

"We are encountering far too many situations where innocent people are being put at risk, including children," said Trish Route, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  "Both Crime Stoppers and the Fort Myers Police Department are hopeful that the lure of extra reward money will encourage people in the know who haven't come forward in the past to do so now."

Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker echoed those sentiments asking witnesses to stand up for what's right.

Crime Stoppers also wants to remind residents that they will remain completely anonymous when providing their tips.  No names or information which could identify the callers are ever taken and Crime Stoppers never records phone calls and does not have caller ID.

Tipsters are given a code number, which is the only way a code number, which is the only way they are identified and all rewards are picked up in cash, so as not to be tracked back to the tipster in any way.

Tipsters can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).