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Berks DA donates $15K in drug money to Crime Alert

Group to celebrate 20th anniversary in August

READING, Pa. - Money confiscated from criminals is now being used to catch more criminals.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams presented a $15,000 check Thursday to Crime Alert Berks County. The money comes from his office's drug forfeiture fund.

"[Crime Alert has] assisted us in solving a lot of crimes and identifying and locating a lot of fugitives," Adams said. "This is taking bad people's money and putting it to good use."

Adams added that it's important to recognize that Crime Alert and its all-volunteer board of directors have been a great partner with law enforcement in Berks County.

Rick Periandi, the group's president, said Crime Alert has paid $489,000 for tips that have led to 675 arrests since its inception 1998. The crime stoppers group is hoping to break the $500,000 mark before its 20th anniversary on August 1.

Tips can be reported to Crime Alert through anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

Barry Rohrbach, Crime Alert's founder and past president, was also on hand for the check presentation, which occurred at the county commissioners' weekly meeting.


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