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Mesa County Crime Stoppers golf tournament needs teams, sponsors

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Crime Stoppers of Mesa County board members line up at Adobe Creek Golf Course (876 18 1/2 Road, Fruita) during last year's annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser for the local nonprofit.
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WHAT: 29th annual Crime Stoppers golf tournament

WHEN: Sept. 7, starts at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Adobe Creek Golf Course (876 18 1/2 Road, Fruita)

COST: $400 for team of four, $100 for an individual

INFO: http://www.241stop.com

SUBMIT A TIP

Weekly unsolved cases are posted on the Crime Stoppers of Mesa County’s website ( http://www.241stop.com) with hopes of receiving anonymous tips. If someone has information regarding a case, there are four ways to submit a tip.

Online: http://www.tipsubmit.com

Text: Message CRIMES (274637) and say 241stop and your message. For example, 241stop John Doe is selling drugs on the TJR campus.

TipSubmit Mobile App: Available on iPhone and Android. Search for TipSoft or TipSubmit and download for free.

Phone Call: When calling 970-241-STOP (7867) the phone has no caller ID so it will be completely anonymous.

It’s recovered more than $1.4 million of stolen goods in Mesa County alone, along with seizing more than $7.5 million worth of narcotics. Plus, Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, in connection with local law enforcement and fire departments, helped solve more than 1,500 cases and make more than 1,600 arrests since 1983.

According to Mesa County Crime Stoppers publicity chair Leigh Fitch, the group wouldn’t be able to solve crimes without hundreds of anonymous tips received from the community.

“It makes the community safer,” she added, by encouraging witnesses to come forward in a safe environment.

Now, Crime Stoppers needs community support in a different way. It’s searching for golfers — young, old, experienced and novice — to participate in its 29th annual Golf Scramble Tournament Sept. 7, at Adobe Creek Golf Course (876 18 1/2 Road, Fruita).

Teams of four and individuals are encouraged to sign up by Sunday, Aug. 31, to avoid late fees. Entry fees are $400 per team or $100 per player, which includes green fees, golf carts, coffee, donuts and lunch. The tournament also includes $2,500 in prizes and team awards. There is a $10,000 hole-in-one prize up for grabs.

Funds raised during the golf tournament stays 100-percent local to support tipster awards, scholastic programs, and more, Fitch noted.

Golfers aren’t the only people needed to support the tournament. Organizers still need sponsors to fund the event, including silent auction items. Sponsor donations will be accepted no later than Sunday, Aug. 24.

WHAT IS CRIME STOPPERS?

According to the Crime Stoppers website, in 1976, a crime in Albuquerque, N.M. remained unsolved. To help solve the case, a detective went to news outlets to entice witnesses with a cash reward for anonymous tips. Witnesses then began to call in, and within days, they were able to put the case to bed.

Part of the nation-wide nonprofit, the local Crime Stoppers group receives calls, texts and online submissions daily regarding criminal activity. They average one case solved and one arrest made per week.

“Law enforcement does an excellent job, but they can’t be everywhere all the time,” Crime Stoppers of Mesa County board member Brian Langfitt said. “It gives citizens a chance to solve a crime or have a bad individual arrested.”

Tips are provided anonymously to the hot line. Depending on the severity of crime and other factors, tipsters can receive up to $1,000. In the three decades of existence, Crime Stoppers awarded more than $260,000 to tipsters.

Crime Stoppers not only helps solve crimes, but it is also actively involved with scholastic programs, like drug prevention programs and National Night Out.

For more information, visit http://www.241stop.com.


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