Shasta County’s Most Wanted mugshot program seems to be doing what was intended, bring the number of convicted criminals skipping out on sentencing down.
As of Thursday, the success rate of criminals either being arrested or turning themselves in was hovering at 70 percent.
Just this week alone, six persons spotlighted on Shasta’s Most Wanted have been detained. Four men and one woman were arrested. Another woman turned herself in at the Shasta county jail.
Since the program launched a few months ago, 62 out of 88 convicted criminals have been caught and cuffed.
Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti explained how each convicted criminal is chosen to be displayed in the weekly lineup by a combined effort from the police department and the Shasta County court staff.
“We have been trying to focus very strictly on those who have not only been convicted and are awaiting sentencing, but during the plea process have already agreed to what the sentence is going to be,” said Paoletti.
Other surrounding counties, like Butte and Tehama, also showcase people in the community on their own most wanted programs. Both of those have been around for quite some time.
Shasta's program is still fairly new.
“We're trying to actually compile the statistics to see, of those 62 that we have arrested, what exactly has happened to each of them during the process. So we can evaluate and improve the program as we go along,” explained Paoletti.
All Northstate most wanted programs rely heavily on tips from people in the community.
Those tipsters who give Shasta County’s Most Wanted investigators enough information to make an arrest can receive a reward of up to $250, awarded by Secret Witness.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of a most wanted subject can call their local law enforcement agency, and remain anonymous.
Shasta County’s Most Wanted contact information - SHASCOM 245-6540 or Secret Witness 243-2319
Butte County contact information - Butte County Sheriff's Office 538-7449
Tehama County contact information – Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigations 529-3590 or Twitter handle @TehamaCountyDA