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Crime Stoppers says app may help with wait times

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Crime Stoppers says app may help with wait times
Posted at 9:42 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 21:41:58-05

TAMPA - Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay says it has received more than 900 tips related to Seminole Heights in the past month. Tampa Police said it has taken nearly 3,400 tips.

Kelly McLaren says a call center in Canada takes the calls about tips. It is another way they reassure people they may stay anonymous.

"Our call center is in Canada where we have trained operators that take calls specifically for Crime Stoppers programs 24 hours a day, every day of the week," said Kelly McLaren.

Tampa Police said after surveillance video of the suspect in the Seminole Heights murders was released, tips came pouring into police and Crime Stoppers.

"That one piece of information, one good tip is all we need to give to detectives for them to actually identify this unknown person," said McLaren.

Debbie Saylor says she called Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay this week. She says she waited for 10 minutes and was also placed on hold. She worries some might become frustrated and hang up.

"I just want everybody to be patient, stay on the line and get this information gathered so law enforcement can get this guy," said Debbie Saylor, resident.

Crime Stoppers says its average wait time is about 6 minutes. A faster route may be downloading their free app, P3 Tips. You may upload video and photos anonymously on the app.

"We do not capture phone numbers. We do not capture IP addresses," added McLaren.

To report a tip,click here, or call 1-800-873-TIPS.

A $100,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to an arrest in the Seminole Heights murders.