WASHINGTON, NC (WNCT)- Law enforcement agencies are doing their best to combat crime, but they need your help. The Pitt County Sheriff’s office is receiving less Crime Stopper tips and they’re worried that could lead to more violent crimes in our area.
Lieutenant Kip Gaskins said, “When the tips go down, the arrests go down, therefore, crimes people tend to go out and commit more crimes and don’t think they’re going to get caught.”
Crimes like the one committed Saturday in Washington when three people robbed the travel store off Clarks Neck Road at gunpoint. Deputies say it’s extremely important for the community to speak up. While no one was hurt in the robbery, deputies say the outcome could’ve been much worse.
“They’re one step from committing the ultimate of actually hurting or killing somebody, we know those facts, and we want to stop the individuals before they go to your neighborhood store,” Lieutenant Gaskins said.
Deputies want dangerous people off the streets, but it’s hard to do that if the community doesn’t cooperate.
Lieutenant Gaskins said, “History will tell us that once they commit one robbery they start to get more and more comfortable especially if we don’t catch them fairly quickly.”
Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks said, “When they run out of money they’ll realize they got away with a crime, that wasn’t too bad, let’s try it again, and we want to nip this in the bud before they strike again.”
Both Sheriff Elks and Lieutenant Gaskins want people to know if they’re thinking about committing a crime, they should think again.
Lieutenant Gaskins said, “We’d like to send a message that we are continuing to receive tips and that Crime Stoppers continues to work and we continue to lock people up.”
Officers encourage people with any information about the travel store case or any other crime to come forward.
A reward of $6,000 is available for anyone who has tips leading to an arrest in the travel store case. Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line. The Crime Stoppers contact number is: 252-902-2724.