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Police rely on Crime Stoppers for witnesses not wanting to ‘snitch'

LAS VEGAS -- A man who won big on a gaming machine in a convenience store was beat up and robbed, and it was all caught on tape.

Officers said it all unfolded at the “Your Stop” convenience store located near Twain Avenue and Swenson Street on Dec. 20 around 9:30 a.m.

The man, whose identity is unknown, won more than $2,000 on a gaming machine, and he cheered about it, and it caught the attention of the wrong people, officers said.

Investigators said that's when two men took it upon themselves to wait for him outside, and when the victim went out to smoke a cigarette, they beat him and robbed him of his winnings.

Police said there were many witnesses around, but no one stepped in to help. Even now, Metro said no one is willing to talk.

Detectives said the witnesses fear of their lives; along with not wanting to “snitch,” that's the reason the anonymous tip line called Crime Stoppers exist.

“I think that a lot of people don't give information, especially when they have intimate knowledge of people committing crimes. I think it's because they're fearful, said Jennifer Vershall, Coordinator for Crime Stoppers.

However, with Crime Stoppers tips about criminal activity can be reported anonymously.

Vershall said on an average every month in southern Nevada, 2,000 calls come in and there are up to 2,000 website visits, and the tips have led to some felony arrests. Cash rewards are also available, but only 40 percent of people eligible for those rewards collect the money.

“When a detective comes to us and says, 'listen, this helped us.' If we don't feel that we would have gotten that information any other way, well, that's a powerful feeling,” Vershall said.

Crime Stoppers is not law enforcement, but it does help police officers take dangerous criminals off the streets.

Crime Stoppers relies on donations from the public to provide the reward money. Operators are available to the public 24/7.

If you have any information about a crime and you want to remain anonymous, call 702-385-5555 or visit the website here.