Move in Capitol to raise reward limit for crime tipsters

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – When it comes to solving crimes studies show that offering reward money for tips can help.

Today State Representative Tom Cochran has introduced a bill that will increase the reward fund at the county level.

Currently the reward a county can pay is up to $2000.

Representative Cochran wants to increase that to up to $20,000.

He originally introduced the House bill after hearing from Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth that he wanted to offer a bigger reward for a tip that would help solve the case involving the death of Deputy Grant Whitaker.

But Sheriff Wriggelsworth was limited by a law in place since 1948.

Representative Cochran says he wants to change that. “It would come from the general fund of the county. Determined of the county commissioners if they feel like they that their budget, if they are able to afford this reward. I think probably it will be determined by the magnitude and the severity of the crime.”

The bill currently sits in committee as Representative Cochran investigates whether citys and townships, as well as universities, will be covered under the same legislation.

These rewards will then be in addition to the $1,000 that Crimestoppers of mid-Michigan currently offers for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of a person who has committed a crime.

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