Central Florida CrimeLine follows the guidelines and directions set out by the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers. According to the Crime Stoppers website:
Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals, including those committing serious felony crimes, and fugitives.
Why do we need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that “Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime” and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
Fear of REPRISAL An attitude of APATHY Reluctance to get INVOLVED
They don’t list the total award amounts available however they do list these U.S. program statistics which would suggest their average paid reward is approximately $150.
Arrests Made 477,161
Rewards Paid $71,270,655
Central Florida CrimeLine program statistics would suggest their average paid reward is approximately $286.
Arrests Made 1141
Reward Amounts $327,065
There has been some debate concerning if a reward should be paid to meter reader Roy Kronk after finding Caylee Anthony’s skeletal remains. At issue is whether he called 911 or CrimeLine; apparently the caller has to call CrimeLine and receive a code number to be eligible. Though CrimeLine may not pay, he may receive a reward from a different source.
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) — An Orange County meter reader may get his reward after all. Orlando Attorney Mark NeJame told FOX 35 that he is strongly considering giving Ray Kronk $5,000 as a reward for finding the body of missing toddler Caylee Anthony.
NeJame said Kronk is a good guy and did a good thing. He added that without him, Caylee may have never been found.
NeJame resigned as the attorney for Caylee’s grandparents George and Cindy. Crimeline offered a $5,000 reward for information, but they denied Kronk’s claim on the money because he called 911, and not the crimeline number.
Update 01-12-09 Man Who Found Caylee Anthony’s Remains Previously Arrested for Kidnapping
ORLANDO, FL — The man who found Caylee Anthony’s remains faced kidnapping charges in the 1990s. Roy Kronk was arrested for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. He says he was falsely accused, and a grand jury agreed. They expunged all records relating to the arrest.
Kronk was hired by Orange County Utilities on May 27th of 2008. According to the information he provided the county, he owned a bail bonds company and worked as a bounty hunter in Kingsport, Tennessee for almost 11 years, ending in 2004.
Update 02-03-09: Man who found Caylee Anthony’s remains reassigned to new job
ORANGE COUNTY, FL — The county meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains began a new job on Monday.
Roy Kronk’s attorney says his client will be out of the public eye, working in a warehouse doing inventory control. Kronk found himself in the national spotlight in December after he found Caylee’s remains in a wooded area not far from her home.
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