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Authorities follow up on tips after CrimeSTOPPERS Street Sweep

Law enforcers on the phone with the community calling in tips. (Source:WALB) Law enforcers on the phone with the community calling in tips. (Source:WALB)
Law enforcers out in the streets to make the community safer. (Source:WALB) Law enforcers out in the streets to make the community safer. (Source:WALB)
Investigators go door to door. (Source:WALB) Investigators go door to door. (Source:WALB)
Franklin Birdsong was already incarcerated. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Franklin Birdsong was already incarcerated. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Stetter was already incarcerated. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Joseph Stetter was already incarcerated. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Monday night, investigators are followed up on your tips you called in with during the Street Sweep campaign, working to track down WALB's 25 Most Wanted Fugitives.

The tips viewers called in to our newsroom Monday haven't paid off with arrests yet, but law enforcers are confident they will. They said that this initiative makes their job easier.

Law enforcers go door to door talking to neighbors, following up on tips, working to get criminals off of the streets and make the community safer.

"They want to be safe and they depend on us to keep them safe and we depend on them to keep us informed," said Lt. Kenneth Washington with the Sylvester Police Department.

Officers back in the WALB Newsroom were busy on the phones interacting with the community to help lead them to the culprits. 

"The community comes together by calling in the tips. We appreciate the support from the media. We certainly appreciate the support of the law enforcement. It's an opportunity for all of the law enforcement people to come together," explained CrimeSTOPPERS Chairman Judy Randle.

And the incentive to keeping your community safer is a reward.

"Everybody loves money so anytime someone can make money for free that's a good thing," said Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick with the Dougherty County Police Department. 

Investigators discovered Monday night that two of the 25 most wanted fugitives, Franklin Birdsong and Joseph Stetter are already incarcerated. Law enforcers said that CrimeSTOPPERS is a great way to getting the community involved in taking back their streets. 

"CrimeSTOPPERS is an opportunity for folks to get wanted people off the streets and out of their neighborhoods," said Albany Police Spokesperson Phyllis Banks. 

And law enforcers want you to keep the calls coming in,

"I always look forward to them calling in even after you shut this thing down. Hopefully enough people will see it on the website where they can call it in and let somebody know where somebody maybe," explained Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

The CrimeSTOPPERS committee is always looking for volunteers to meet with them every third Tuesday of the month at the Albany Police Department.

Residents can still call in their tips to (229) 436-TIPS. 

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