Tracking down Roanoke Valley's "Most Wanted" - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Tracking down Roanoke Valley's "Most Wanted"

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This week, WSLS 10 is teaming up with U.S. Marshals and Roanoke City Police to help track down the Roanoke Valley's Most Wanted criminals.

In February, WSLS held a phone bank to showcase some of the dangerous criminals in our area on the run. Thanks to tips from the public, police were able to arrest 13 people.

Roanoke City has a website that list names of people with outstanding warrants. The site also includes the mug-shot of criminals who pose a threat to the public.

"We may look at individuals who have repetitive charges and continued to engage in criminal activity like credit card fraud, breaking and entering different distribution of drugs" said Captain Monti Lee, Roanoke City police.

Captain Lee said that, over the years, police have significantly reduced the number of warrants on file and successfully put dozens of criminals behind bars.

However, tracking some people remain a challenge.

"A lot of the individuals that we are looking for don't have a permanent place that we can just go to locate this individual" he said. "They're somewhat transient."

When fugitives cross jurisdictional lines, state and local police often team up with U.S. Marshals to capture criminals. The federal agency has a specialized task force of highly trained agents who help serve warrants.

By working hand and hand with residents and various law enforcement agencies, officers plan to put more of the "Most Wanted" criminals in handcuffs.

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