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.
Crime Stoppers Putting Signs Along County Roads
to Raise its Visibility and Help Fight Crime
In an effort to make sure people all over the county are aware of Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers and the rewards it gives out for anonymous tips, the group has started putting up large signs along various local roads.
So far, the group has put up three four-by-eight-foot signs that highlight the rewards it gives out for tips that lead to the arrests of wanted criminals and give the group's anonymous phone number.
"We want to raise awareness among people who might have information about crimes but are reluctant to call the authorities," explained Kathy Smith, president of Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers. "We are putting these signs in areas either where there is high visibility and they will be seen by a lot of people, or in areas where there is high crime and we want to let criminals know they should be worried."
Among the locations where signs have been placed are along State Highway 243 in Canton near Walmart, on FM 1255 north of I-20, and in the far northwest corner of Van Zandt County. More signs are planned, and Crime Stoppers welcomes property owners in high-crime or high-visibility areas to volunteer to host one of the signs.
"This is a very cost-effective way to keep people thinking about Crime Stoppers and remind them that they can earn generous rewards by calling in tips about crimes and about people who are wanted by the sheriff or city police departments," Smith said.
She also expressed the group's thanks to Johnny Flowers and Canton Lumber Co. for their donations of building materials, to Henry Lewis for hosting a sign, and to Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray and Lt. Jerry Cato for their assistance in acquiring volunteers to install the signs.
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers offers two anonymous options – phone calls and online tip reporting – for people who want to obtain rewards of up to $1,000 by providing information that leads to an arrest. Funds for rewards and operations of the organization come from court and jury fees and from donations.
Tipsters can call 903-567-STOP (567-7867) or submit a tip through the vanzandtcrimestoppers.org website via their computer or mobile phone. Every tip receives a special code number, and when an arrest is made and a reward approved by the Crime Stoppers board, the tipster can call the tip line again for instructions on how to collect the cash reward.
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.