Tip Leads Police To Suspect

9 years 11 months 6 days ago July 18, 2007 Jul 18, 2007 Wednesday, July 18 2007 Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:06:47 PM CDT in News

The investigation began sunday morning after police responded to an armed robbery at the I-70 Eagle Stop Service at 1704 North Providence. Images from the surveillance video were released to the public on Monday, and in less than two hours crime stoppers received a call identifying the suspect as Cory Crosby.

Investigators received information that Crosby was located in room 205 of the Motel 6 on I-70 drive south west. Investigators and swat members were sent to the motel, and Crosby surrendered when police arrived.

During the search of the motel room, police recovered evidence from the robbery.

Crime stoppers averages 20 to 30 calls per month. Any phone call can help solve a crime like the one on Sunday.

"A lot of it depends on how much crime we have," said Crime Stoppers Liaison Captain Brad Nelson. "The higher-profile crime we have, we're gonna get a lot more calls."

It's an arrest police say wouldn't have happened so quickly without crime stoppers.

"I am not saying we would have not been able to identify the suspect without Crime Stoppers," said Sgt. Ken Hammon of the major crimes unit. "but with Crime Stoppers, we had the individual identified within 24 hours,"

In this case, the tipster is eligible for a reward. Any tip leading to an arrest on a felony charge can get up to a $1,500 reward. But, Nelson says it's about more than the money.

"A lot of people i think aren't interested in the reward," he said. "They just call because i think it's easy to do and maybe it's their civic obligation to call."

Most tips do not lead to an arrest so quickly. Police say the quality of the surveillance photos also played a role in this arrest.

Crime stoppers can be reached anytime at 875-tips. Remember, all calls are anonymous.

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