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 went out into the community by radio, television, and newspaper.

The service station also offered a reward of $1,000.


Within 48 hours, these coordinated efforts resulted in the arrest and conviction of the two men responsible for the murder.  


Crime Stoppers International

Today, there are more than 1,100 programs in over 18 countries.

Crime Stoppers Programs worldwide helped clear over one million cases, arrest more than 611,000 criminals, and recover more than six million in money, property, and narcotics seizures.

Worldwide, more than $68 million in rewards have been paid to anonymous tipsters.



External Links

Crime Stoppers USA

Crime Stoppers International

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/15/2015