More than 660 felony crimes committed in Utah have been solved from tips generated by TV crime enactments produced by Utah Crime Solvers, according to the Utah Council for Crime Prevention.
More than $1.3 million in stolen property and narcotics have been recovered and more than $15,000 in rewards have been paid anonymously to informants since Utah Crime Solvers was established in 1985.The non-profit organization is a cooperation between statewide law enforcement, electronic and print media outlets and citizens to combat crime. The objective is to obtain leads and tips on any criminal activity committed throughout the state or country.
Crime Solvers is part of an international association of more than 750 independently owned and operated crime stopper programs collectively responsible for the clearing of more than 205,000 felony crimes.
Steven Ray Stout, who was on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" list in connection with the slaying of two West Valley City women, was apprehended Dec. 6 as a result of a tip received from his girlfriend after she saw Stout in "America's Most Wanted" - one of several nationally televised programs that have successfully helped authorities locate crime suspects throughout the nation.
Utah Crime Solvers claims to be responsible for the clearing of many of the state's most celebrated crimes including the murder of Anna Holmes at a Kearns video shop, a burglary ring in south-central Utah victimizing 18 motel/hotel establishments, the apprehension of a convicted con man wanted in four Western states, the seizure of large quantities of illegally grown marijuana crops, drug trafficking, armed robbery and numerous burglary cases.
The Deseret News and eight other newspapers provide coverage of the "Crime of the Week," and local television stations donate air time to publicize the crime re-enactments.
All callers are guaranteed anonymity and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to the arrest and binding over of the suspect. Cash rewards are paid anonymously from tax deductible contributions received from the public.