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ECSO Crimestopper program nets over 8600 arrests
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Putting fugitives behind bars is the mission of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office Crime Stoppers' show "Wanted Fugitives".
It's been on the air for less then 20-years and has taken nearly nine-thousand wanted people off the streets.
The program has even been recognized worldwide.
"The show Wanted Fugitives has been on the air since 1996 and it's because of viewer phone calls it's been so successful its helped to lock up around 8600 fugitives."
The show has a basic premiss and a big following..
Mug shots are shown and the host reads off what the fugitive is wanted for.
Cash rewards are offered for any information. All a viewer has to do is call Crime Stoppers.
The show was recognized world wide in Australia for it's high success rate.
They receive nearly 100 tips a month.
David Craig: "It's a rewarding feeling it means that they won't become the next victim of that person and they realized they've helped out someone who is a victim because they are going to bring someone to justice."
One of the shows biggest success involved the capture of Dwayne Pinestraw.
He was wanted for killing a toddler and wounding another man in 2011 at the Pensacola Village Apartments.
Darryl Mathis: "It was very sad."
Pinestraw fired a gun into an apartment killing 22 month old Ty-Quarious Moultrie and wounding his Uncle Vincent Dennis.
Investigators believed it was a revenge shooting after Pinestraw was robbed of drugs and a gun.
The show plastered his picture over each episode but it was picked up by Americas Most Wanted and he was located in Texas.
He was found guilty in June of first degree murder, attempted murder, and shooting into an apartment.
David Craig: "That was a pretty high profile case and can get a murder off the street and that's one of the 8600 cases that I'm most proud of."
Darryl Mathis owns the barber shop across the street and remembered this case well.
Darryl Mathis: "If it wasn't for that show chances are this case would still be open, if it wasn't for that show."
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office plans to launch a new cold case show this week.
They hope to solve the 70 current cold cases in the county..
"The new cold case show should air Friday night at 9:00 on Blab TV. "