The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking residents on St Croix, St Thomas, Water Island and St John to provide Crime Stoppers with information on any of the following criminal offenses:
Any merchant, store owner or store employee who is participating in food stamp program violations, which includes exchanging food stamp credits for cash or anything other than allowable food items. Also, anyone who has filed false food stamps applications.
Any person committing a white collar crime, which can include embezzlement, bribery, extortion, fraud, price fixing, using a computer to commit a crime, obstruction of justice, hindering an investigation or withholding information that could solve a crime.
Any person committing crimes against the elderly. This includes physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect and misuse of funds or healthcare fraud.
Community members can submit tips to Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators are bilingual. Tipsters can also submit tips online at CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by texting “USVI” plus their message to CRIMES (274637). If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or illegal drugs, the tipster receives a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions. Only anonymous callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.
Crime Stoppers USVI is run entirely by volunteers, and relies on the community’s donations to pay rewards. To donate, visit www.crimestoppersusvi.org.