Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound will give you $1,000 if you help track down a terrorist

SEATTLE – Have a tip on terrorism? Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is all ears.

The local agency just became the first Crime Stoppers in the country to offer a $1,000 reward for anonymous tips leading to the arrest of a terror suspect.

Myrle Carner, the founder of the local program, said it occurred to him after the attacks in Paris this week that people with information about possible terrorists might be particularly in need of anonymity should they decide to come forward.

“We’ve got all kinds of people in the Seattle area with contacts all over the world, and they might know something,” he said. “And now, there’s going to be an escalation in people who are going to get wrapped up (in terrorism investigations), so people are going, ‘Crap, I better say something.’”

Carner said that with 1.5 million solved felonies to its credit around the world, and a vast network of global partners, Crime Stoppers is in a unique position to track down leads on terrorism.

“Typically these things start small and end up as a big deal,” he said. “You might have something you’re not sure of or think might be a possibility.

“I tell people, (the police) might know eight parts, but the other two, we’re missing, and one of those could be what breaks it open.”

If you want to submit an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit a tip online here.