By Tamas Mondovics Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay’s latest public alert began with two simple questions: Can you use some extra cash? Do you know where a wanted fugitive is hiding?  

The release of the list of five top fugitives at the start of the first Friday of each month by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay Law Enforcement Coordinator Master Deputy Kelly McLaren is all about getting criminals off the street as soon as possible.

“For one thing, we want to get the attention of the public, but most importantly its all about catching these dangerous fugitives,” McLaren said, adding, “Of course, people can always use some extra cash.”

The fugitives that the agency is highlighting this month by asking the public’s assistance in getting them into custody are just the five most recent or most wanted out of nearly 50 suspects currently posted on the agency’s website dating all the way back to 2013.

Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

The public may contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send in a mobile tip using its P3 Tips Mobile Application, which is a free download for iPhones and Droids. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

To view other wanted fugitives, visit www.crimestopperstb.com and click on the “Wanted Suspects” link.

For additional information regarding Crime Stoppers, call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay Law Enforcement Coordinator Master Deputy Kelly McLaren at 318-5604 or email kmclaren@hcso.tampa.fl.us.