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Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Daphne Hereford
An anonymous tip through Houston County Crime Stoppers provided authorities information to assist them in the arrest on outstanding warrants of 36-year-old Eric Chatman.
According to authorities, the warrants were for a probation violation for a forgery of a financial instrument charge and a motion to proceed in a non-payment of child support charge.
Chatman was arrested and jailed on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and as of press time Wednesday, Dec. 10 he remained in the Houston County Sheriff's Office jail.
Houston County Crime Stoppers plans to pay the anonymous tipster who reported the information that led to Chatman's arrest a substantial cash reward.
The Crime Stoppers coordinator will contact the anonymous tipster through the secure, encrypted website and provide detailed information on how the cash reward can be picked up at the drive-through of a local bank.
Law enforcement officials with the Crockett Police Department are encouraging anyone with information regarding several incidents of broken windows throughout Crockett that occurred between Wednesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 3 to contact Crime Stoppers.
According to reports, broken windows and vandalism occurred at the John H. Wootters Crockett Library on Houston Avenue, Magnolia House on Bell Avenue, telephone office on North Seventh Street, Direct medical on the square and at Security Finance on Houston Avenue.
In addition, Crime Stoppers has updated the outstanding warrants list on their website to include both city and county offenses, misdemeanors and felonies.
Citizens with information on the whereabouts of individuals listed on the warrants list are encouraged to provide information to assist law enforcement in arresting those individuals.
"We will pay cash rewards to anyone who provides useful information about any crime through either our website at www.545-tips.com or through our phone service at 545-tips," said Chairman Chuck Cunningham.
"A specialized system has been established through our website and phone system to protect the identity of all tipsters who report through Crime Stoppers," Cunningham added.