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Crime Stoppers seeks tips to solve crimes in Central Indiana

Posted at 11:26 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 23:26:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It was earlier this week that 24-year-old Shane Spells was shot and killed in his driveway along Broodmoor Plaza.

Nearly six days later, police still have not announced any leads and the family is still looking for answers. Tonight, Crime Stoppers is waiting to take those calls.

With more than 50 unsolved homicides in Indianapolis this year, police and families hold out hope that Crime Stoppers tips will lead to answers. And today, police and Spells' family are still trying to find the gunman who shot the Purdue grad and postal worker multiple times.

"I'm just asking if anybody knows anything, please, please, please, please, Detective Hurt, IMPD," Shane's father Duane Spells Sr. said.

As Spells' family pleads for answers, Crime Stoppers director Daniel Rosenberg said no tip is too little or too late when there's a crime to be solved.

"As much information as you can give if perfect and any information is good information," Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg said that even on a quiet street like where Spells lived on the northwest side, someone may have seen something just slightly out of the ordinary that could be a clue.

"So be as descriptive as you can. You know, sizes, colors of clothing or even body postures. Any thing that stuck out to you," Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg said he realizes people may be scared to speak up, but the information they receive is absolutely anonymous.

"If it identifies you in any way, it'll never make it to the detective," Rosenberg said.

Protecting tipsters is a must, even if that means turning down evidence, including home security video, that may reveal too much.

"Even if the picture you're taking or the video you're taking identifies you and you can't use our system to send it, at the very least you can sit there and you can look at that video and you can describe it, even if it's ten pages long, we're going to forward it," Rosenberg said.

To call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, dial 317-262-TIPS.

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