New crime stopping initiative aims to reduce car break-ins

A man dressed in all black uses a crowbar to break into a car.
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A new effort is underway to stop Downtown car break-ins. CrimeStoppers will now offer rewards, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Greater St. Louis Inc.

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CrimeStoppers Director Lisa Pisciotta says car-break-ins are not classified as felonies, therefore would not be eligible for a reward, but because the St. Louis Regional Crime Commission gave the go-ahead, rewards for tips can be given.

"We checked with the Circuit Attorney's office and they are prosecuting these car break-ins vigorously," Pisciotta told KMOX's Maria Keena.

Former Mayor Francis Slay said he's in support of the program, adding that everyone benefits from a safer community.

"We firmly believe that crime prevention and crime solving efforts work best with community awareness, engagement and support," he said.

Pisciotta added that rewards will be given for tips that lead to an arrest, but will be limited to downtown car break-ins.