Public plea to help catch under-the-radar outlaws
Posted on 17/08/2018
A man suspected of the 2017 murder of his brother, two others on the run after breaching parole conditions, and a man who failed to front court for two counts of conspiracy to murder are among 10 fugitives wanted for capture across the nation.
Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said an appeal for information has been made to the public following the annual launch of Operation Roam – Rogue Radar – by Crime Stoppers Australia.
“South Australians have a strong track record in providing information for this annual campaign – so much so that last year a total of four of the nominated national suspects were arrested in South Australia and the 2016 campaign saw both of our local targets located thanks to eagle-eyed members of the public,” Ms Hanlon said.
“All Crime Stoppers programs are working closely with police to put these targets onto the community’s radar in the hope that someone has information that can result in their capture,” she said.
“There is no doubt that all of this year’s targets are actively avoiding arrest because they are wanted for an array of crimes such as murder, fraud, sexual assault and drug trafficking.”
The national campaign runs from Monday 20 August to 26 August 2018 and we urge people to provide information – no matter how small – about these fugitives by calling the Crime Stoppers toll-free 1800 333 000 hotline, visiting www.crimestopperssa.com.au or by using the reporting app.
The South Australian target as part of this year’s campaign is:
Jonathan Robert SIMMONS – dob 06/12/1981 – He is wanted for ten deception offences after fraudulently obtaining more than $50,000 by claiming he would develop a website to assist punters. His alleged offences occurred in 2014, and a warrant for his arrest was issued in 2015. He is also known to go by the names John Robert Griffiths, Tristian Simmons or John Simmons. While he may still be living in SA, police believe he could also be evading arrest by hiding in New South Wales or Victoria.
For a full list of Operation Roam – Rogue Radar targets go to www.crimestoppers.com.au
About Crime Stoppers SA
Crime Stoppers began in South Australia in 1996 and since then has played a critical role in encouraging people to come forward with information that helps to solve crimes and educate on topics such as property and personal safety, vehicle theft, and cyber safety. The program encourages people to be alert and engaged participants in their community and provides a secure way for information about illegal activity and unsolved crimes to be passed to police through an independent toll-free hotline and a website that guarantees anonymity with the option of a reward. Crime Stoppers SA works with police, the media and the public to solve, reduce and prevent crime.
More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found at https://crimestopperssa.com.au
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