Police credit public help with finding suspects

TUPELO – Since asking for the public’s help in finding suspects accused of various crimes, the Tupelo Police Department has arrested 13 out of 20 of them.
Capt. Chuck Bunn says that spells success.
In February, police started posting the faces and names of suspects on digital billboards at South Green Street, North Gloster Street, at Crosstown and in Verona so that drivers could see them and possibly provide information that would lead to their arrests.
With only 100 or so officers within the police department, Bunn said soliciting the help of the public was the best way to boost their efforts.
“We didn’t know how well it was going to work at first, but six months and 13 arrests later and we are very pleased with the results,” said Bunn. “This shows that the citizens care about solving crime in their communities and that if we band together we can help to keep crime down.”
The suspects have been picked up from as far away as Michigan, said Bunn, and have been charged with crimes that range from embezzlement to assault.
Police Chief Tony Carleton said he is pleased with how the community has stepped up to help police.
“We can’t do it alone,” said Carleton. “Enforcing the law is a community effort. We all have to live and work here, so crime affects us all in one way or another. It’s good to see that we are all working as one unit to make Tupelo safer.”
The billboard space is donated by Lamar Signs and Icon Outdoor Advertising.
For a list of Tupelo’s top most-wanted, go to www. crimestoppersnems.com.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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