Crime Stoppers

Eric Vines, owner of Cellular Nerd, wants to help Sheriff Bob Johnson fight crime in Santa Rosa. So Vines is sponsoring a weekly Crime Stoppers campaign through South Santa Rosa News.

Each week our crime section will feature a wanted fugitive. Several wanted criminals advertising during the campaign this year have been nabbed after appearing online and in newsprint.

“To be successful in preventing crime, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office needs the cooperation of the citizenry. This is a prime example of a great community leader stepping forward to help his county. We as an agency applaud Eric for coming up with such a wonderful way to assist us in getting criminals off the streets of Santa Rosa County,” Johnson said.

Here’s how it works.

Basically, it’s a three-part approach, Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals, per the group’s website.

“Crime Stoppers is an invaluable and effective tool for Law Enforcement. They provide a secure path to anyone who wants to provide information to law enforcement but has a need to remain completely anonymous,” said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Rich Aloy.

So if you have information about the individuals featured in the campaign, you’re encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers. You do not have to give your name, and tips can be made via phone or online at

Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $3,000 if the information you provide leads to arrest.