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Kansas City's TIPS Hotline records 600th homicide arrest

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Day after day the city's Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline rings with information from concerned citizens who want to tell what they know about crimes or wanted criminals.

On Tuesday, the program announced the city has arrested it's 600th homicide suspect since the start of the program three decades ago.

The Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline said they reached the milestone arrest after a suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action from a homicide this year.

The Kansas City Police Department said without the tip, the case would not have been solved.

There have been 101 homicides in Kansas City so far this year. According to police, this time last year there were 107 homicides. There were 114 homicides total for 2011.

The city's TIPS Hotline said they would thank the tipsters who provide anonymous information to them and keep the city a safer place to live, raise a family, do business and visit.

Program officials also commended the work of detectives and prosecutors for clearing the cases and hope that the families centered around the homicides find closure in the unfortunate crimes.

Founded in 1982, the Kansas City's TIPS Hotline has had other successful arrests over the years, including tips that helped solve many high-profile crimes such as the Ali Kemp murder case, the 1988 deaths of six firefighters, the arrest of serial killer Richard Grissom, the Kelsey Smith murder case and many others.

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