By Megan Moore
Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo Crime Stoppers plans to make 2010 even better than 2009, which was a big success in itself.
The organization captured 97 fugitives last year. Out of the 48 aired here on NewsChannel 10, just four of them remain on the loose.
With so much success in Potter and Randall counties, the program's coordinator hopes to expand the organization's service area to Armstrong, Oldham, and Carson counties.
Coporal Sean Slover says, "some of these counties, there's not a Crime Stoppers program. So we would like to officially represent these people and get them helped out as well."
In 2009, Crime Stoppers launched two new ways tipsters could share information with authorities: through the internet and cell phones.
Cpl. Slover says, "in the previous year we got about 18 percent text and web tips. We'd like to increase that to 50 percent just to get an even better number."
Cpl. Slover says receiving tips through those media is better because he can keep in touch with the tipster, and the tipster can upload pictures of the fugitive, all the while remaining anonymous.
Crime Stoppers gave $19,000 in rewards for information in 2009, compared with $12,000 in 2008.