Crimestoppers Limited by Fears of Hushed Witnesses

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The crime rate is up in parts of the region, the tips coming into Crimestoppers are also up, but not as high as they could be.

Spokeswoman Officer Lisa Pisciotta says one of the biggest rewards ever was offered was just six weeks ago, a $25,000 reward to help solve the fatal hit-n-run death cyclist Rick Beard in north St. Louis last June. That case has only generated a handful of tips so far and she believes that is because people are scared to call.

“People are worried about being found out that they are talking about the case to anyone,” Pisciotta says. “So they don’t. They don’t want to come forward because they are afraid.

“There is a very large section of the community that is worried about that so I am not at all surprised.”

Pisciotta says the phones are still busy though.

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