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Silent Observer announces rewards to solve violent crimes

Posted at 2:42 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 16:49:30-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Silent Observer announced today it is offering various rewards for anonymous tips that help law enforcement officials solve violent crimes in the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit wanted to highlight a number of specific rewards it is offering to tipsters to address and stop the crimes that are so "troublesome" and "dangerous" to the community, according to Silent Observer Executive Director Chris Cameron.

Cameron shared the reward amounts for several types of crimes at a news conference at Martin Luther King Park.

"This must stop now," she said.

Silent Observer rewards

Murder: $2,500
Shooting with serious injury: $1,500
Shooting with minor injury: $1,000
Shooting with property damage: $500
Gun store burglary: $1,500
Armed robbery: $1,000
Car dealer or cell phone burglary: $1,000

Cameron stressed that state law protects the identity of Silent Observer tipsters.

Watch the news conference

She was joined today by Kent County Commissioner and Operation Save Our Streets Founder Robert Womack.

Silent Observer and Operation Save Our Streets are partnering to call on the community to help law enforcement solve crimes.

Grand Rapids Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Rifenberg and Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young also made remarks.

Rifenberg listed several unsolved crimes from the summer GRPD continues to investigate.

Both Rifenberg and LaJoye-Young encouraged citizens to help them solve crimes by submitting tips to Silent Observer.

People can submit an anonymous tip to Silent Observer by calling (616) 774-2345, online or through its mobile apps.