Law enforcement cannot do it all, and you can help!

August 27, 2013 • Local Business Review


Law enforcement agencies have some priority cases. The Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation and Parole Department, and other agencies each have individuals who they are anxious to catch and cases they want to solve.

Here in Chaves County and in Roswell, the Chaves County Crime Stoppers organization is delighted to play a role in getting some of these folks off the streets of our town. But you, the citizens of our community, have to help make that happen.

Pictured here to-day are some examples of cases we are particularly concerned about. The the-ft of copper all over the city and county has been going on for several years and it is time to stop this crime.

Crime Stoppers ran the ad you see here to emphasize the problem. Likewise, the Martin Je-welry theft of just two weeks ago is a crime which somehow insults the community, and we hope to make this generous [auth] award to someone.

“Roswell’s Most Wa-nted” is a frequent entry in the Roswell Daily Record and much appreciated.

We know that this joint effort between the newspaper and the law enforcement agencies is worth the effort, and we know that those individuals who “get a little press coverage” are apprehended or give themselves up in fairly short order. We are hopeful that the individual pictured here today is soon in custody.

If you know the whereabouts of Jonathan Leyba, or anything that leads to his arrest, a call to Crime Stoppers… 1-888-594 TIPS (8477) ….might make you eligible for an award of up to $1,000.


Crime Stoppers has existed in Roswell and Chaves County since the late Eighties. It was very active for several years as a bona fide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. How-ever, along the way, interest must have diminished and so, for a period of time, Chaves County Cri-me Stoppers was virtually inactive. That is no longer the case, I am here to tell you! We are active, and have made awards to many tipsters totaling more than $10,000!

All businesses have some method by which they can gauge their success. It may be sales revenue, or units sold, or projects completed or some other measurable standard versus prior year.

Although Chaves County Crime Stoppers is not a traditional business, we can easily measure our success by the money we have paid to anonymous tipsters and by the number of arrests made. We are quite delighted to pay those awards.
It’s really a simple concept. If you know of a fugitive from the law or if you can provide information which leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for an award. Just call 1-888-594-TIPS (8477).

Chaves County Crime Stoppers uses a call center in LaPorte, Texas so that a tipster does not have to worry about being recognized on the phone. Your call is completely anonymous! The call center is manned 24/7 and they can take calls in English or in Spanish.


Any valid call is directed to the Roswell Coordinator, a police detective who will direct it to the most appropriate agency or individual.

Once the call is processed, and an arrest has been made or a warrant issued, you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $1000.

Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, the Chaves County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors will agree upon the proper amount to be awarded.

Our board consists of eight community minded business men and women, and three law enforcement officers who serve in an advisory capacity on the board.

All of these people have a certain passion for the job we do and the role we play in helping to make Roswell and Chaves County a safer place to live.

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