How did Crime Stoppers Begin?
In July of 1976, a shooting occurred at a service station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The service station attendant, Michael Carmen, who was also a student at the University of New Mexico, was shot with a shotgun and killed. Albuquerque Police Investigators worked for six weeks trying to piece together enough evidence to solve this murder. Requests for information had been put out into the community by way of radio, television, and newspaper. The service station also offered a reward of $1,000 and 48 hours later, two men were arrested who were later convicted for this murder. This is when the Crime Stoppers Program and a "world-wide anti-crime" movement began.
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/23/2011