Nearly 500 felony crimes in Utah have been cleared since 1985 as a result of anonymous tips called in to Utah Crime Solvers.
In addition, more than $500,000 worth of stolen property and narcotics has been seized and 140 suspects have been arrested.For the anonymous information, tipsters have been paid nearly $8,000, according to a press statement released this week by Crime Solvers.
That success of Crime Solvers is largely due to the efforts of several organizations, which will be honored Tuesday night at a banquet at the Governor's Mansion.
Recognized with the "Founder's Award" will be the Deseret News, KUTV News, the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification and Saxton House Talent Agency, all of which have pioneered the program since its inception in July 1985, according to the press release.
KSL Television and KSTU Channel 13 and eight newspapers throughout Utah will be honored for their corresponding support.
Crime Solvers estimates that more than $60,000 worth of newspaper space, air time and production activities are donated each month by these organizations.
The recognition banquet will be hosted by the Utah Crime Solvers Steering Committee and the Huntsman Chemical Corporation. Special guests will be Lt. Gov. Val Oveson, Public Safety Commissioner John T. Nielsen and his deputy, Douglas Bodrero.
Editor's Note: The Deseret News, in cooperation with the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, publishes weekly accounts of unsolved crimes as part of a statewide program called Crime Solvers. Readers with information about the "Crime of the Week," or any other unsolved crime, are invited to call Crime Solvers at 964-CALL or 1-800-972-CALL. Information is then passed on to local police. Rewards ranging up to $1,000 are being offered by the council for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the criminals involved. It is not necessary to give your name when providing information.