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Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers receives donation

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Fighting crime isn't free or cheap, and now crime stoppers will have a little more money to go after criminals.

Hapo Credit Union and Windermere Tri-Cities donated $5,000 dollars Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers this afternoon.

Last week crime stoppers broke up a forgery scheme where two Kennewick dental employees forged 167 prescriptions.

Suspects, police say couldn't be found without the help of concerned citizens, "this $5,000 thousand dollars is a huge financial benefit. Not just for the KPD or the agencies that participate in crime stoppers, but all of our community in the Tri-Cities," explains Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg.

Hohenberg says the money will go towards updating computer technology that helps them track reports of crimes.

Since crime stoppers started in 1985, police have arrested more than five thousand suspects, recovered nearly $2 million dollars in property, and they've paid out $70,000 dollars in rewards.