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Nashville's Crime Fighting Tool Faces Tough Times

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The program that pays cash for clues is paying out more than it's taking in. Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said Crime Stoppers makes a difference in keeping Nashville streets safe.

For more than 25 years anonymous tips to Nashville Crime Stoppers have helped police solve thousands of crimes.

Just this week, police said a tip helped them arrest a man they said stabbed a woman in a Target parking lot on White Bridge Road.

"Terrible crime, terrible repeat offender, a Crime Stoppers tip helped us get him behind bars on this crime," said Serpas.

For each tip, the Crime Stoppers Board pays up to $1,000. This week, Crime Stoppers achieved a milestone - $500,000 given out in reward money.

"We got tips that we supplied to the police department on a weekly basis. We're getting tips that solve major crimes in Nashville," said Mike Overcast, Crime Stoppers Board Chairman.

The non-profit board that runs Crime Stoppers is looking for new ways to raise money since they are paying out more than what is coming in.

"The $500,000 that's been given out did not grow on trees. That money is the result of donations from businesses and individuals," said Serpas.

Money is going out fast. People can call in a tip to 74-CRIME, text in a tip and even give information anonymously on the Crime Stoppers website.

"It's a proven tool. It can make a difference. It has made a difference. It will make a difference in making Nashville a safer place, but we need to have a significant increase in our funding so that we can continue to pay these rewards," said Serpas.

Crime Stoppers also pays students who call or text in tips on guns found in schools.

If you would like to donate, go to the Crime Stoppers website. You can make a donation through Pay Pal.

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