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December 07, 2023

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To that end, and thanks to a couple of fundraisers and contri- butions, they can continue with the great work they do, through- out the year. Recently, Mr. Jeff Yates said they were presented with a check for $1,500 from the Shelby Walmart Distribution Center, money he noted went to their TIPS payout fund, which, as the name implies, pays out, on a sliding scale manner. "Our mission with Crime Stop- pers," he said, "is all predicated on which crimes are happen- ing in the county, and if the tips received 'play out,' or assist in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of said crime, then payment is based on how the information received factors into the investigation. We pay out up to $1,000," Yates noted Crime Stoppers essentially "faded away" in early 2017, and the group's members now wanted to see about getting the system revived. "Thankfully," said Yates, "in early 2023 were able to do so." They have a site on the Internet at, and their email is, he said. "Our tip line phone number is (704) 481-8477," he said, add- ing, "But for the most informa- tion you can go to our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram or X (formerly Twitter)." The group also has a QR code that can be scanned that will connect anyone right away with the orga- nization, and that, Yates noted, is also to be found on the Cleve- land County Sheriff's web site. Group Chairman, Yates, a retired law enforcement officer from Iowa, said of the organi- zation, "We have the complete support from our county law en- forcement agencies – Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Shelby Police Department, Kings Moun- tain Police Department, and Boiling Springs Police Depart- ment. Representatives of our law enforcement regularly attend our Board Meetings." A person needing any infor- mation, from how to become a Board member, to how to make a donation may email them at "Donations are accepted by searching for Cleveland County Crime Stoppers Inc., in the Charities section on Venmo and PayPal. Checks may be sent to Cleveland County Crime Stop- pers Inc, P.O. Box 1613, Shelby, NC, 28151. Donations may also be made direct from our Face- book page," he said. At the recent check presen- tation, Yates noted that Frank, Dezio and Justin Sarff are office persons with Walmart's Distribu- tion Center. Yates noted he is the Crime Stoppers Chairman, and Mr. Cerizza is the GM of Walmart Distribution Center. "Scott Howell is Vice-Chair- man, and Sgt. Benson is our police coordinator for Crime Stoppers," he said. Another Crime Stoppers/ Walmart Distribution Center fundraiser in the works is their Super Bowl Raffle to Fight Crime. The drawing for the win- ner of that raffle will be held on Feb. 3, 2024, at 11 a.m., on Crime Stoppers Facebook Live. Tickets for that can be got- ten from any CS Board member, said Yates, or can be purchased ($10 for one, or $20 for three) at Olivers Hardware and Gar- den Center at 3712 Fallston Rd. (between Shelby and Fallston), or at various locations in Shelby (three locations), Kings Moun- tain (two locations) and Boil- ing Springs (Pro Hardware and Supply). Yates noted you can also pay via Venmo or PayPal, by searching Cleveland County Crime Stoppers, Inc., in "chari- ties." Yates continued, "The main thrust of the program is the TIPS payoff line, which is funded en- tirely through donations. A per- son can go onto Facebook and donate funds via the feature that is on that site and remain anon- ymous. Just look for the Crime Stoppers logo." Yates noted the latest stats since March of 2023: 85 anony- mous tips received, resulting in seven (7) arrests, $40,000 in ille- gal drugs seized, and one stolen gun recovered. All CS personnel, he said, were trained by the NC Crime Stoppers Board. 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