Criminals round up in city wide police sting

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Sault Ste. Marie OPP and City Police were busy rounding up criminals all over Sault Ste. Marie Thursday and the sting operation will continue into Friday SaultOnline.com has learned.

As of Thursday morning, 13 “criminals” were brought into the make-shift jail for unspeakable crimes such as “being too organized” or “bringing too many donuts into the office”

Several more are expected to be arrested and it could be you.

It’s part of the Great Algoma Lock-Up the annual fundraiser for the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Crime Stoppers.  Civilians are arrested by actual police enforcement after being tipped off by friends or co-workers for any number of “crimes” The person is brought to jail and must face a judge. The judge rules on how much of a fine. The arrested person then must spend time in jail calling on friends and family to bail them out with donations.

Criminals Anita Paci and Paul Rylatt spent some time together in the cell hoping to get bailed out
Criminals Anita Paci and Paul Rylatt spent some time together in the cell hoping to get bailed out
Paul didn't raise enough money so he had to spend some time in the stock of shame
Paul didn’t raise enough money so he had to spend some time in the stock of shame

The fundraiser is critical to Crime Stoppers in the Sault, the money raised goes directly into the program and also offsets the cash rewards paid out said Tom Burmaster, a retired Sault police officer who is part of the volunteer board for Crime Stoppers

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“last year we raised $14,000 in two days and we also had the high school lock up that raised about $1,000” Burmaster said. “we’ve been very very fortunate with the community behind us:

The Crime Stoppers program has been in existence for 30 years in Sault Ste. Marie and in that time about $11 million in drugs and property have been seized Burmaster said.

Burmaster says there’s a misconception that Crime Stoppers is the Police. “We are not part of the police department, we’re a separate entity altogether, the information we receive through our tip lines provides the police the information for their investigation”

Crime Stoppers does maintain an office located at the Sault Police Services building, the office costs are paid through the not for profit incorporation through donations and fundraising throughout the year.

_dsc7055Erica Rocca was just attending court in the Station Mall where the judge fined her $750 for “not enough coaching and bringing in too many donuts”  Rocca seemed confident that she wouldn’t be in jail for long. “I will raise that”

When criminals can’t raise what they have been fined, they must spend some time in the stock of shame – also located in the centre of the mall so everyone can see.

Facing the judge in centre court
Facing the judge in centre court

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