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Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers golf tourney raises money to solve crimes

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Law enforcement officers traded in their uniforms for golf attire Thursday at the annual Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers Golf Tournament.

The non-profit organization is celebrating its 30th birthday all week.

Golf teams included police officers from Greenville, Farmville, Winterville and Ayden, plus Pitt County deputies, highway patrol troopers and representatives from the district attorney's office.

Local businesses sponsored each team and all the proceeds will go to the CrimeStoppers fund that pays off tipsters in criminal investigations.

"Law enforcement can't be everywhere at once," says Kip Gaskins, the coordinator for Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers. "So the extra set of eyes and ears out in the community is what we work on. A lot of detectives are only as good as the information they get."

Last year Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers got 586 tips that led to 52 arrests in 30 separate cases.

Another highlight of Thursday's event: the first ever crime stoppers golf cart race.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks took on Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden. Chief Aden took the lead right from the start, but Sheriff Elks would quickly get back into the race by curving to the inside to jump in front.

Sheriff Elks held off a few late runs from Chief Aden to pick up the checkered flag at the Greenville Country Club. He won bragging rights and a golf cart trophy, while the CrimeStoppers fund raked in $1,000 from just those five laps.

Lt. Gaskins says they hope to raise up to $15,000 from the tournament.

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Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers is celebrating it's birthday all next week after 30 years of solving crime in Pitt County.

The Chairman of the Pitt County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas declared September 22-28 as "CrimeStoppers Week."

Organizers say funds are extremely low for CrimeStoppers due to the number of pay-outs against crime over the past few years. They say when reward money runs out, the calls stop rolling in.

All this week there will be several events in Pitt County to help raise money for CrimeStoppers. Those events include:

  • September 24th, from 11:00 - Closing: Chili's will donate 10% of it's proceeds when CrimeStoppers is mentioned.
  • September 26th, 8:00 a.m.: CrimeStoppers Annual Golf Tournament will be at the Greenville Country Club. Law enforcement teams tee off at 8 a.m. and all other teams tee off at 1 p.m. In addition to golf, Pitt County Sheriff, Neil Elks, challenged Greenville Police Chief, Hassan Aden to a NASCAR-style golf-cart race pending donations of $1,000 dollars toward the event. 
  • September 27th, from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.: CrimeStoppers Radio-A-Thon with Henry Hinton live from Krispy Kreme in Greenville.




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