The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has released more pictures in the armed robbery of a Dollar General store, as well as announcing a new app that can be used to send tips to Crimestoppers.
The Dollar General at 7624 Highway 45 North was allegedly robbed on Feb. 16 at about 10 a.m. The suspect reportedly drove away in a small blue car with tinted windows.
Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said that tipsters could now use a free app called P3 Tips, available for both iPhone and Android from their app stores, to anonymously send in information.
“Golden Triangle Crimestoppers pays for information that leads to an arrest,” he said. “This app is a nationwide app, but users can select the state of Mississippi, then Columbus, then Golden Triangle Crimestoppers to get to us. It’s very user friendly. The public doesn’t always know how to contact Crimestoppers. They don’t know the phone number, they’ve got to Google it or try to look it up. Younger people like apps.”
The information is anonymously sent to law enforcement, he said.
“It’s still anonymous, and there’s no way it can be tracked back to someone’s phone,” he said. “We don’t need to know who it is, we just need the information.”
The app does allow for back-and-forth communication, he said.
“We can communicate through this server back to the app,” he said. “We can’t track that back.”
“We want to reach out to the younger generation,” said Lt. Rhonda Sanders. “Most of the time when you’re out and about you’re using social media, you’re using apps. If you’re at a party or something and you get video of a crime being committed, most people don’t want to bring it to the sheriff’s department. They can submit video or pictures through the app, and it will be anonymous.
“If you have a phone, you can download this,” she said. “Please download this and use it. We all work better together.”