A $1,000 reward is offered to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for a series of "strong-arm robberies" in the city in recent weeks, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana announced Friday in a news release.
The reward is coming out of the police department, said Dolores Reed, Campana's executive assistant, but she didn't know how the money is generated and referred the reporter to the police department for that information. The police department did not respond by press time.
"While an intense investigation of these robberies continues, we believe one or more citizens in the community may have critical further information about who is committing these crimes and we want to hear from them," Campana said.
"We believe most, if not all, of these random robberies are linked. We intend to bring the person or persons responsible to justice and will seek the maximum penalties under the law. The perpetrators are punks and I am confident they will be caught," Campana added.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's tip line at 570-505-9355.
The release also promised that all callers' names will remain confidential.