The Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers now has an active website for the organization, which focuses on finding information for local felons wanted by law enforcement agencies in the bi-county area.
The Internet website, www.blcrimestoppers.com, features posters of suspects wanted for questioning by local law enforcement officials. It also offers tipsters a method of leaving anonymous information on the whereabouts of local criminals.
The Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers organization offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charging of criminal suspects.
Monett Police Detective John Allred was on hand at the September meeting to advise members of a current case his department is working.
Allred said that a woman entered the Bank of America in Monett on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and attempted to withdraw approximately $5,000 using a fraudulent driver's license and credit card. It is believed that the woman was traveling with or working with an accomplice in the effort.
Allred advised those in attendance that it is believed that the individual was familiar with at least some banking protocols. The woman was detained and arrested after a bank official noticed misspelled words on the fraudulent identification.
An Aurora bank was also targeted in the same manner on the same day.
Those having information about the person or persons involved in the scam are asked to contact the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241 or Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers at 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 888-635-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
The next meeting of Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers will take place at noon on Thursday, Nov 18 at the Bayou, located on Highway 60 in Monett.