MANCHESTER - The Manchester Crimeline has been helping the police department since 1981.
Over 3,700 cases have been solved due to the public's help by sending in tips. As an incentive to come forward, Crimeline normally awards $2,500 for each tip that leads to an arrest in an unsolved case.
Over time, they've paid out $238,000 for those tips.
The program has recovered millions in stolen property, cash and seized drugs. Manchester police call it the most successful program of its kind in the state.
“We had a very high-profile bank robbery here in the city very violent,” said Officer Paul Rondeau, who heads the Crimeline program. “We got a tip from Crimeline, and that tip lead to arrest of all of the bank robbers which was huge for us.”
That cash reward, like all of the others come only from donations from businesses and residents.
“No taxpayer dollars at all is used for reward,” Officer Rondeau explained.
Crimeline is completely anonymous. Anyone can send in an anonymous tip by phone or online.
“It’s kind of like if you've ever used Craigslist. You don't speak to the person directly; Craigslist acts as the third party.”
Right now, there’s an on-going investigation into one of the highest-profile unsolved crimes in recent history. Denise Robert was shot and killed in August while walking Manchester`s North End. With no witnesses and very few leads, police are hoping for a helpful clue from- the Crimeline.
“We got a lot of tips once we announced there was a substantial reward.”
That reward is now up to $40, 000. The biggest ever crime-solving reward since the start of Crimeline.
“It never goes away,” said Rondeau of the investigation and trickle in of tips. “You may get a tip six months down the road.”
Manchester police say any tip, even if you don't think it's significant, is worth reporting. They look in to each and every one. Not only could you help keep your neighborhood safer but if they make an arrest you could be getting a cash reward.
To send in an anonymous tip call 624-4040 or find the form on their website manchestercrimeline.org