Tipster gets $1,000 for helping solve sign-defacing crime

By PATRICK MALONE

THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

An anonymous tipster who helped police solve a crime that damaged a civic treasure received a $1,000 reward from The Pueblo Chieftain on Thursday. Crime Stoppers presented the reward. Police said the newspaper's reward helped them to solve the July 3 defacing of the “Home of Heroes” sign that welcomes visitors to the city as they arrive from the north on Interstate 25. The moniker is a reference to Pueblo 's four native sons who've received the Medal of Honor.

“I will credit the reward as being instrumental in bringing out this information,” said Pueblo Deputy Police Chief John Ercul. “There was good, hard police work and follow-up investigation that paid off. But we were put on the right track by this source of information, who was inspired by the reward.” Police have arrested four 19-year-old men in connection with the crime. Each has pleaded guilty in municipal court, where Judge William Alexander sentenced them to jail terms. Ercul said the informant helped police to identify and locate the suspects.