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Tracking down Roanoke Valley's "Most Wanted" criminals

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WSLS 10 is teaming up with local law enforcement agents to help track down the area's "Most Wanted" criminals. In February, U.S. Marshals along with Roanoke City police and other law enforcement agencies provided WSLS with mug-shots of criminals on the run. The photos were showed on-air and online and viewers called in with tips. As a result, more than 13 criminals were caught

Phone calls received during February's WSLS "most Wanted" phone bank helped make the Roanoke Valley safer.

"The criminals on the "Most Wanted List" have all committed some type of crime that has caused problems within the community" said U.S. Marshal Richard Sellers.

Some of the charges included probation violations, theft, attempted murder and other felony offenses. Sellers said television stations and other media outlets are an effective resource for getting mug-shots of wanted criminals to public. Police hope that someone might recognize a person on the "Most Wanted" list and contact police with tips such as last known address, known contacts or identifying tattoos.

It's a numbers game" said Sellers. "The more people you have watching the better and the quicker the tips come in and the more accurate the information the better."

The more tips police receive from the public, the less likely criminals will stay on the streets. On Thursday, May 15th WSLS will once again team up with local law enforcement agents to host a "Most Wanted" phone bank. The public can call in with tips about the some of the area's most wanted criminals.

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