When it comes to manhunts, the idea is to catch these guys when they least expect it.
And for many suspects, that's first thing in the morning.
Authorities hit the streets this morning before a lot of these people even woke up. When they finally did get out of bed, it was a rude awakening for some of them.
At 4:30 a.m., Tucson News Now started showcasing suspects and fugitives with a rotating graphic on KOLD News 13.
All told, more than 60 individuals, wanted for everything from aggravated assault to murder.
Thanks in part to your tips, authorities were able to track down seven individuals who face a bevy of charges tonight.
Five of them were arrested on local warrants and two more were picked up federally.
What's more, 88-CRIME received 223 contacts from people in our community today. Not all of them result in instant arrests, but they can provide much needed information.
"We're able to use that information however small it is, or however large it is, to make a case and to point us in a better direction of where we need to go to locate somebody."
In addition, 88-CRIME provides a mechanism for people to report crime anonymously.
Since 1980, tips to 88-CRIME have resulted in more than 4,500 arrests and the recovery of $120 million in property.
"We talk to law enforcement all the time: Tucson Police Chief Villasenor, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. They praise this because they know how valuable it is."
That's exactly what we witnessed today: from your TV screen to 88-CRIME to officers in the field, you provide the tips and law enforcement does the rest.
"Just keep calling, that's the thing. Call us with the tips so we can get them to the police."
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