LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) 0 Sometimes a detective needs just one small piece of evidence to connect a crime to a criminal.
Shoals area law enforcement investigators have solved several cases during the past year from tips to the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tipline.
Detectives featured surveillance videos and crime scene photos each week. During 2012, the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tipline received more than 100 calls and those tips landed several people in jail.
However, investigators are still tracking down leads in several high-profile cases.
Detectives with the Russellville Police Department say thieves cut a four-foot hole in the side of the Fred’s Super Dollar Store and got inside. The vandals cut wires to the phone lines and security system. Then police say the thieves carried out the store’s safe for a total loss of more than $8,000.
Muscle Shoals Police say 70 stolen guns are still on the streets after thieves broke into The Pawn Shop in September. Law enforcement agencies worry the guns could end up in the wrong hands.
A University of North Alabama student reported being raped in the school’s parking deck. So far, there have been few leads in this case, but investigators believe someone may have seen something in that area on the night of the attack.
Rogersville Police identified a suspect in the Regions Bank Robbery, however, investigators say Cedrick Lamond Hicks has managed to elude law enforcement so far.
Officers say Hicks walked up to a teller and demanded cash, then instructed the bank employee to get more money.
An unsolved murder in the small town of Tuscumbia has stunned the community since August. Elbert Davis was found brutally beaten inside his home. Police say money and prescription pills were taken. Detectives say they desperately want to bring the person responsible for this heinous crime, to justice.
If you have any information about these crimes, you are asked to call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tipline at 256-386-8685. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward.