Crime Stoppers offering up to $1,000 for info in Jan. 5 fatal Dover shooting

DOVER — Following a Jan. 5 murder in Dover, Delaware State Police took the extra step of reminding the public of possible monetary rewards in the case.

While law enforcement includes Delaware Crime Stoppers contact information for anonymous tips end of each news release, the update this week focused specifically on public assistance in solving the crime.

Jesse Stanford, 30, of Cambridge, Maryland was shot in the upper body within the Kentwood Mobile Home Park two weeks ago and died from his injuries after transport to an area hospital, authorities said.

Investigators determined that two unknown suspects entered a residence for a home invasion, fled the scene without any property and are currently sought. Two other adults were at the residence and were uninjured. The DSP Homicide Unit continues to investigate.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, with the amount determined by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s board of directors. On Tuesday, founder Robert Mooney declined to disclose the pay scale, but said information provided on all felony and misdemeanor crimes is eligible for review.

Of 2,644 tips received in 2018, 1,713 aided an investigation. Crime Stoppers has a budget of just over $100,000 provided by state legislators in the grant-in-aid package.

All law enforcement entities are eligible for Crime Stoppers to disperse reward money to the public tipsters.

Police said anyone with information on the shooting can call Detective D. Grassi at 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppers.com.

According to DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, “The value of Crimestoppers within the Delaware State Police is that it is another tool utilized to help solve crimes.

“By offering a cash rewards for information leading to an arrests, is an incentive to encourage otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.”

Since Crime Stopper debuted in 1983, $162,490 in rewards have been paid, 3,535 arrests made, 5,014 cases cleared, $41,022 in property recovered, $42,935 worth of drugs seized and $103,662 money recovered.

Crime Stoppers is part of the nationwide program and seen as the lead community based crime solving program, according to founder Mr. Mooney, a former DSP trooper and retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.

“We are the one the public is most comfortable with because we are not a state agency, not a law enforcement entity and don’t have prosecutorial powers,” Mr. Mooney said.

“We are the principle agency to receive anonymous tips from the public.”

Crimes Stoppers bills itself as a way to ease fear of reprisal for anonymous informants, an apathetic attitude and reluctance to get involved.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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