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Little Clues Lead to Big Cases for Crime Stoppers

9:52 PM, Feb 18, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- All it takes is a single phone call to crack a case wide open. And you don't need the smoking gun.

"A car driving by with the color or a car, make of a car could break the case. Best case scenario is tag number and description of a driver, but if you don't have that, call in what you got," Wyllie Hodges of First Coast Crime Stoppers told First Coast News' Erich Spivey.

In Putnam County, detectives are hoping for that perfect tip. Right now, they're pouring over hundreds of calls and some are advancing the investigation.

"The officers that are working a case may know this, this, and this, but they're at a standstill. And some little tidbit of information takes it over the brink," Hodges says.

Since 2002, tips to First Coast Crime Stoppers led to 1,347 arrests.

One of those was 54-year-old Raymond Bright. Last year, the investigation into a double murder in Jacksonville stalled. But a tip led police to Bright and the hammer he used to kill two people.

To report tips on the Haleigh Cummings case, call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $16,000 cash reward.

First Coast News

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