Fugitive Friday success stories

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Since starting the fugitive Friday program more than three years ago your calls have successfully led to the capture of more than 30 fugitives.

Last month john Franklin Shupe was featured on fugitive Friday.  Police had been searching for Shupe since a July burglary in the Varina area.

Four days after being featured, Shupe was served warrants for burglary and grand larceny.Police say the break in the case came from a call during our fugitive Friday broadcast.

Shupe is one of more than thirty fugitives captured as a direct result of your calls to NBC 12's fugitive Friday.

"Every time that we go on the show we do get tips from the public that helps in tracking down these wanted fugitives, " Sgt. Thomas MolnarVA State Police.

Every agency involved in fugitive Friday has seen success.

"The first time we participated in the fugitive Friday program we had our target that week as soon as I left the station," Major William KnottDinwiddie County Sheriffs Office.

That target was Anthony Ruffin, wanted for possession of stolen property.

"I received a call from headquarters saying our target that we had run was on the phone and wanted to know where he could turn himself in," Knott said.

Your calls also lead to the arrest of Franklin Graves.

"Family member had also called in and said that they had seen it and wanted to encourage him to come in and get this taken care of.  Eventually he did that," Knott said.

Thieves, sex offenders, and murders have all been taken off the streets thanks to your calls.

Police credit cooperation for making central Virginia a safer place.

"We follow up on those tips with the fugitive task force which is made up of several agencies in the Richmond metro area and the United States Marshals service," Molnar said.

"It makes your neighborhood safer it helps get these people off the street," Knott said.

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