Do not try to apprehend or approach any fugitive—call CrimeStoppers. If you feel there is a life-threatening situation, call 911.
CrimeStoppers will only pay out a reward for anonymous tips. Crime Stoppers will never ask any tipster to identify themselves.
CrimeStoppers pays rewards only to the first caller with correct information that leads to an arrest. In the event that two or more people contact CrimeStoppers simultaneously, any reward offered will be divided equally among the tipsters.
If the information brings about an arrest, a reward is authorized by the Board of Directors. If a caller is eligible for a reward, the caller is given a code word in addition to their tip number and then asked to call back on a given date. CrimeStoppers will pay rewards only in cash and only to a tipster who is in possession of a valid code number and code word.
When the caller calls back, they will be informed of the location to pick up their reward. The reward will then be paid in cash, with no signature or personal details supplied. The caller is the only person to know how, where, and when to pick up their reward. This way, CrimeStoppers continues to protect the tipster’s identity and ensures their anonymity.
CrimeStoppers does not pay rewards:
- To tipsters who identify themselves to us or to the police.
- For information already known by the police / law enforcement such as tips locating subjects who are already in custody or already in jail.
- To any person who has a legal duty to assist in the apprehension of fugitives or criminal suspects. This includes law enforcement, bonding companies, enforcement agents working for bonding companies, and the like.
- To bounty hunters, persons who with or without legal authority seek to earn money by locating and/or apprehending fugitives.
- To the person who committed the crime for which the reward is offered; to the victim of the crime for which the reward is offered; or to members or employees of the CrimeStoppers board.
The CrimeStoppers board decides how much to pay out for tips that helped police make an arrest in Homicide cases. Homicide case rewards range from $2,000.00 up to $5,000.00, each case is reviewed carefully and reward amounts are decided upon by a quorum vote.
Crime severity, arrest information, charges laid and additional information given by callers is all taken into account by the board members when deciding on a reward amount. The more accurate and useful the information is will help increase the reward amount.
Any ADDITIONAL REWARD offered other than the CrimeStoppers reward is not the responsibility of CrimeStoppers. Additional rewards are sometimes offered by family members or friends to help increase the awareness of crimes committed against their loved ones. These rewards are most often offered for the Arrest and Conviction of the subject(s) responsible for the crime. Additional rewards such as those offered by family, friends, private companies or anonymous donors are the responsibility of those who offer the additional reward.
CrimeStoppers only advertises these additional rewards as a courtesy for those who offer them.
Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any persons may be subject to criminal prosecution.
The St. Louis Regional Crime Commission, St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, nor any other source of information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or the results obtained from the use of this information.