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Cash or X-Box: Garner Police Offer Either for Graffiti Crime Tips

Posted March 28, 2007 5:44 p.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2007 6:32 p.m. EDT

— Garner police are offering a choice to anyone who can provide information that leads them to graffiti vandals wanted for recent crimes: a video game system or cash.

It is part of their effort to seek information about several instances of graffiti in the town within the past few weeks.

Informants who provide sufficient information to arrest and prosecute offenders will be rewarded their choice of $500 or a Microsoft X-Box, Sony Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii, police said.

"We're ready to step outside the cash reward mindset and try something new and different and see if it works," said Lt. Chris Hagwood of the Garner Police Department. "We know that video games are pretty popular, so we hope that is a motivating factor and gets people talking about the problem that might just ignore it otherwise."

Police are investigating extensive vandalism in the Rosemoor subdivision on March 26 and repeated graffiti attacks in the areas of Benson Road near Garner Rod and related acts near North Garner Middle School over the past several weeks.

"We believe the offenders, as well as those who may know about the crimes, are young people in our area," Garner police Chief Tom Moss said. "We hope this kind of reward motivates them to provide us with information we need to prosecute the offenders."

Anyone with any information about these crimes should call the Garner Police CrimeStoppers at 919-226-2746 or 919-772-8810.