Texters can anonymously alert task force to fugitives' whereabouts
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.
Beginning today, tipsters with information on the whereabouts of dangerous fugitives can text an anonymous message to the U.S. Marshals Service and the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Texters can send a message using the word USMFL, then Tip411 or 847411. Each message will be received by a case investigator.
Authorities said tipsters may be eligible for rewards ranging from $250 to $10,000.
The Gainesville division of the task force, which adopts fugitive investigations from local and state officials, is sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service and consist of marshals; the Marion, Alachua and Levy county sheriff's offices; and the Gainesville Police Department.
Last year, the regional task force arrested more than 500 fugitives and cleared close to 6,000 warrants in Florida. More than 240 of the 500 fugitives were taken into custody by the local division.
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