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Police watch for fugitives- home for the holidays

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

It's getting to be that time where many will head home for the holidays. Chesterfield Police say the bad guys are no exception. The holiday season is actually a prime time for crime fighting- and the police are on high alert.

Tracking a criminal down who has left the state can be costly for local police forces. Police say many criminals know that, so they stay away. But, if the criminals risk it and come home on their own for the holidays, well, police say that's just a gift.

Dozens are listed on Chesterfield's Most Wanted web site and police say many will come right back to Chesterfield County for Christmas.

"When it comes holiday time, we know that they'll come back and they'll visit their families," said Detective Kevin Bacon with the Chesterfield Police Dept. "They'll make that special trip and often times they'll think nobody is actually going to be looking for them."

Not so much, say police. They say they know this is actually the perfect opportunity to take care of business.

"I'm sorry," said Bacon. "If we know you're home, and we know where you're going to be at a given point in time, that's our job as police officers to arrest those who have broken the law!"

If you want to know what some of the reported criminals look like, check out Crime Solvers

Police update the list of who they're looking for regularly and say a lot of their arrests are because of anonymous tips from someone who recognized one of these faces.

Police say, depending on what you know, you may just get some reward money for helping them catch one of these people.

And if you're a fugitive, they say your best chance is to turn yourself in.

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