Crime Stoppers Celebrates 40 Years by Highlighting Unresolved Cases for Public Help | Crime News

In 40 years, the Brazos County Crime Stoppers organization has received advice that has closed 3,400 cases and made 2,900 arrests, but there are still unresolved cases.

“We want our community to know that Crime Stoppers haven’t forgotten,” said Rob Santarsiero, criminal intelligence analyst for the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers coordinator. “There are families in our community who deserve to be closed and victims who deserve justice, and we hope we can bring that to them.”

Crime Stoppers was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976, and the Brazos County Chapter was established on November 16, 1981, sponsored by the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. Crime Stoppers works with law enforcement to encourage those with information about crimes to come forward by offering rewards and allowing informants to remain anonymous.

Until December 10, the local organization will highlight at least 40 unresolved cases – current cases, unresolved cases and high-profile cases – with the aim of obtaining new advice that may lead to closure.

“In particular, we want to draw as much attention as possible to the unresolved cases that we have,” Santarsiero said when the 40-day campaign kicked off last week. Most of the unresolved closed cases, which date back to the 1980s, do not have a statute of limitations due to the “heinous nature” of the case, he said.

Mark M. Gagnon