'Stop Thief' stickers available 25,000 reward warnings to be distributed by bank

March 16, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer FbB

Maryland National Bank has joined with Metro Crime Stoppers by agreeing to distribute 25,000 "Stop Thief" stickers at its 230 branches.

The "Stop Thief" stickers, which can be placed on homes or cars, put thieves on notice that a reward of up to $1,000 will be offered by Metro Crime Stoppers for "your arrest if you break into this house," said Sgt. Jack Kincaid, a city police spokesman.

The stickers can be purchased elsewhere for a donation of $1.50.

"It's just a way of telling the criminal that we've had enough, this has got to stop, that crime doesn't pay, but Metro Crime Stoppers does pay," said Robert Pivec, chairman of the anti-crime organization's fund-raising committee.

"We're trying to get the word out that someone's always watching, someone's always listening."

Metro Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals. It is operated by local business people, with donations and funds obtained through fund-raisers.

The organization has experienced financial difficulties recently because of an increase in the number of rewards that have been given out.

"We've been so successful this year that we've had to pay a lot of money out, and we're almost down to the bottom of the barrel," Mr. Pivec said.

As a result, fund-raising efforts have intensified. Last year, Metro Crime Stoppers raised $36,000.

"That was all we had to raise," Mr. Pivec said. "We've probably raised as much money this quarter as we did all last year. We need to raise $100,000 to be sure that were going to be covered, and we hope to do it with this 'Stop Thief' sticker campaign."

Maryland National Bank has taken a special interest in the campaign after Metro Crime Stoppers helped solve four robberies at its branches.

Citizens with information on fugitives or criminal activity can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888 or toll free 1-800-281-6666.

Callers do not have to provide their name or phone number. They are assigned a four-digit number they can use when being considered for a reward.

Citizens need to help "get the criminals off the street," Sergeant Kincaid said.

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