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WICHITA, Kan. In February, Steckline Communications employee Daniel Flores was found dead in the company's basement. The homicide caught the attention of many, including Crime Stoppers.
"This is an especially important case to us," said Executive Director of the Wichita Crime Commission Gordon Bassham.
So when a Crime Stoppers tip led to an arrest in the case, the organization decided it was worthy of the new $2,500 maximum payment. The reward amount is calculated by a computer system, which evaluates not only the crime, but other aspects as well.
"If we have a drug crime for example, the reward amount will increase based on how much drugs were confiscated, weapons, cash, the danger to the person, and so on," Bassham said.
When someone reports a tip, they are given a secret number, which essentially becomes how they are identified. The tipster uses that number to call in and stay updated on the case.
"Once the reward is approved by the Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee, the person then is told by our coordinator to go to a specific bank location where the tip is paid in cash," Bassham said.
Because of privacy, the only way Crime Stoppers knows a reward has been paid out is by monitoring their bank account. The person who provided the tip is the one who is responsible for calling in, so they may not know the money is available, or it could be their motive was not financial.
This is the 5th major case solved by Crime Stoppers in the past twelve months. The organization relies solely on public assistance to operate, so if you would like to donate to their efforts, a link is provided below.