Welcome to VZ County Crime Stoppers
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit community partnership that works with local law enforcement agencies to solve and reduce crimes within the entire county. Crime Stoppers provides an anonymous means for citizens to report crimes or the whereabouts of fugitives.
Through the tip line (903.567.7867) or submitting a Web Tip form on this site, crimes can be reported, anonymously, resulting in a cash reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to arrest. Crime Stoppers is a proven crime reduction tool funded entirely through public donations and fund raising. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent directly to Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers, PO Box 961, Canton, TX 75103.
When a citizen with information about a crime calls Crime Stoppers, anonymity is assured by a special identifying system. No one ever knows the caller’s identity. If the tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller receives a cash reward.
A volunteer Board of Directors made up of local citizens oversees Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers and approves rewards. Citizens are encouraged to attend Crime Stopper meetings, open to the public, on the second Monday each month (except holidays) at 7 p.m. at the Van Zandt County Criminal Justice Center on State Route 64 in Canton.
VZC Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in locating the persons responsible for burglarizing a residence in which the thieves stole more than $40,000 of property including seven English mastiff puppies. If you have any info on this crime, call our tip line at 903-567-7867, or submit a tip online at www.vanzandtcrimestoppers.org. Your identity will remain anonymous and we pay cash rewards when an arrest is made.
Article Written by BY KENNETH DEAN,
Authorities in Van Zandt County are working multiple residential burglaries they believe is tied to a gang of nine people, in one of the latest burglaries the thieves stole more than $40,000 of property including seven English mastiff puppies.
Constable C.B. Wiley said one of the suspects has since tried to sell one of the puppies at a local pawn shop by showing an interested party a photo of the pooch.
"These burglaries are really eating us up, the constable of 52 years, said this morning.
Wiley said the three male and four female puppies are fawn and brindle in color and were still nursing when stolen last week in a burglary in the eastern part of the county.
"The puppies had already been sold for $150 each and they were just waiting to be weaned," he said.
But puppies were not the only items stolen as the thieves made off with a Cannon century gun safe with 13 firearms including, a Bushmaster AR 15 and various handguns, shotguns and rifles.
Wiley said the gang also made off with a 52 inch TV, another smaller TV, video games and jewelry.
One item item of jewelry was a 2009 Canton High School ring with the name Justin Douhit inside the ring.
"The thieves kicked in the front door and it would have taken at least three people since the safe weighed about a 1,000 pounds. We do have a suspect vehicle, but we are not releasing that information at this time," he said.
Anyone with information about the burglary or have seen the puppies is asked to call the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office at 903-567-4133.
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers
January 21, 2014
Crime Stoppers Approved $4,400 in Rewards
in 2013 for Tips That Helped Put Criminals Behind Bars
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers in 2013 authorized $4,400 in rewards for anonymous tips that led to the arrests of more than a dozen people, on charges ranging from drugs to firearm theft to involvement in a fiery explosion at an oil storage facility.
Recapping a successful year of activity, Andy Flowers, president of Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers, said that in 2014, the organization will continue to increase its visibility. The goal is to make sure people are aware they can provide information that helps police and sheriff's deputies make arrests, and that they can collect cash rewards for doing so.
"We have made it easier to submit tips, now that people have the choice of either calling us at 903-567-STOP (567-7867) or submitting a tip through our website via their computer or mobile phone," Flowers said. "Since we began accepting tips through our website – vanzandtcrimestoppers.org – last spring, the percentage of online tips keeps rising. This has turned out to be a very popular option."
At the vanzandtcrimestoppers.org website, there is a special tip submission form that can be filled out and submitted, completely anonymously, just like calls to the tip line are always anonymous.
Anyone who submits a tip to Crime Stoppers is given a special code number. Later, once an arrest has been made and an award is approved by the Crime Stoppers board, the tipster can call the tip line and get the additional reward code information needed to pick up their cash reward at a local bank.
Crime Stoppers gives out cash rewards of up to $1,000 to encourage tips that lead to the arrest of a person who has either just committed a crime or is wanted on a warrant. The rewards are financed by criminal court fines and donations. More information about Crime Stoppers is available at vanzandtcrimestoppers.org or on Facebook.
>>>>>>>>>>>> Safety Alerts <<<<<<<<<<<<
NOW HEAR THIS... We need to be smart about our surroundings in day to day activities. NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID!!
* Risk of leave your car in the long-term parking while away or some type of sports event, gives thieves opportunity to break into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment or GPS device, they could drive the car to your home and robbed it. So if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, GPS device, nor your remote garage door opener.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in
it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still
find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live
if your GPS were stolen.
This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.
* Cell Phones
A lady’s handbag was stolen which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. She had the lists her names on her cell phone in her handbag and 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.
The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the
contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had
withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your
contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart,
Dad, Mom, etc....
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through
texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
* Purse in the grocery cart scam
Ladies while grocery-shopping at a local mall do not leaves your purse sitting in
the children's seat of the cart without your eyes on at all times. With your back turned as she reaches out for something off the shelf; they reach over and take the wallet, cell phone or the whole purse.
We need to be smart about our surroundings in day to day activities.