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Crime Stoppers offers $5,000 rewards for gun crime tip-offs

Rewards of $5,000 are being offered by Crime Stoppers Bermuda as part of bid to rid the island of gun crime.

The charity has put up the cash for information that leads to a firearms arrest and conviction or the seizure of weapons.

The news came as the charity announced its annual weekend film experience fundraiser will be held between March 31 and April 3 at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

Organisers said a selection of this year’s Oscars films will be screened.

The Weekend Film Experience line-up

March 31 at 7pm:Belfast directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated PG-13.

April 1 at 6.30pm:Flee directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Rated PG-13.

April 2 at 6.30pm:C’mon C’mon directed by Mike Mills. Rated R.

April 2 at 3pm: Screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary and live action shorts of 2022.

April 3 at 5.30pm:The French Dispatch directed by Wes Anderson. Rated R.

Tickets for all the movies are $15 for adults and $12 for students and are available at www.ptix.bm.

Ticket holders must be seated ten minutes before screening time or risk their tickets being sold to standby customers.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling BUEI on 294-0204 or in person at the BUEI on Crow Lane, Pembroke.

The charity also appealed for witnesses to come forward after a man and a woman were shot and injured at Devonshire Recreation Club two weeks ago.

There have been 19 firearms incidents and three gun murders so far this year.

A charity spokeswoman said that Crime Stoppers had seen an increase in calls to its 800-8477 hotline and in use of their online anonymous report form at www.crimestoppers.bm.

She said: “People with information, or video footage may feel more comfortable using the confidential reporting platforms.

“However, more information is needed to identify who has the guns and who has committed these firearm crimes.

“Crime Stoppers Bermuda cannot, and will not, report on our immediate success, but we want the public to know that when we pass their information to the appropriate authorities, every piece of information has the potential to help solve a crime.

“With over 25 years of support from the community in relation to the detection and prevention of crime, our law enforcement authorities have increased their criminal arrests and seizures of illegal weapons and drugs.

The spokeswoman emphasised: “Not one person reporting information has ever been identified.”

She told the public: “Crime Stoppers Bermuda is here for you – they do not want your name or details, just your information to help solve a crime.”

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Published March 24, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated March 24, 2022 at 2:13 pm)

Crime Stoppers offers $5,000 rewards for gun crime tip-offs

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