Hundreds honor retiring Crime Alert president, founder

Barry Rohrbach stepping down in new year

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Wednesday was a day for the Berks County community to say thanks to a man who has dedicated much of his life to public service.

Some 300 people attended a breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing to honor Barry Rohrbach and commemorate his retirement as president of Crime Alert Berks County, a nonprofit crime stoppers organization he founded in 1998.

Many of those on hand for the breakfast were community leaders and law enforcement professionals past and present who have worked side by side with Rohrbach and Crime Alert's board of directors in making the organization a success over the past 18 years.

CAB has long been the top crime stoppers group in Pennsylvania, having paid out more than $440,000 in reward money for anonymous tips, which have resulted in 638 arrests.

Rohrbach's successor will be elected at the group's annual reorganization meeting in January. Rohrbach said he plans to continue serving on the board.

Proceeds from the breakfast will help support Crime Alert's ongoing mission to help police solve crimes in Berks County.

Anyone who wishes to provide information about a crime can contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

Tips can also be submitted on Crime Alert's website.

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