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Crime Stoppers Wants Your Help In 'Operation Roam: Fugitive Hunt'

Murderers, drug traffickers and burglars are hiding in our communities.

15/08/2016 1:00 PM AEST | Updated August 15, 2016 13:02
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Eugene T Rumjahn, Graham G Potter and Dane G Moore are fugitives.

Everyday Australians are being asked to help catch the nation's most-wanted fugitives for Crime Stoppers campaign 'Operation Roam: Fugitive Hunt'.

The annual fugitive search is profiling 19 men, wanted for crimes including murder, sexual assault, burglary, drug trafficking and more with some on the run since 1998.

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In 1988 Victoria Police alleged that MAHONEY lured two 13 year old boys to his home, with the promise that girls were there. After supplying them with alcohol he sexually assaulted both boys. Police arrested and charged him however he failed to appear in court.

Any information that leads to an arrest will be rewarded with $1000, yet chairman Bryan Roach told The Huffington Post Australia people who provided arrest-leading information were generally not motivated by the money.

"We have found most people don't want the reward," Roach told HuffPost Australia.

"They call crime stoppers because it's the right thing to do."

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During 2010, Nicholas Paul Byrne was charged for committing offences against a child in Queensland. He pled guilty but later failed to appear for sentencing. He is believed to be on the Gold Coast or in northern New South Wales.

What is Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is a community led program that's independent of the police force, designed to allow people to give anonymous information on crimes.

The community can tip off Crime Stoppers about a crime that's occurred, or that may happen in the future on the hotline or website without having to provide a name, contact number or any identifying information.

Roach said anonymous tip-offs from the community were only behind fingerprinting and DNA when it comes to solving crimes.

Roach said the Hollywood idea of a fugitive hiding in a lair or living off the land was generally not the the case.

"These criminals are hiding among us through whole range processes, whether it be aliases or identity theft, they're the ones we can't find so we need a national response," Roach said.

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Victoria Police allege that Wellington intentionally and recklessly caused injury to a person at Swan Hill Victoria in March 2016.

Crime Stoppers increases the number of people working during the fortnight and last year, four criminals were arrested during Operation Roam, and within the year, 11 of 20 were caught.

Roach said that anyone who saw one of these fugitives should call 000 immediately, but if you had information about them, either call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or fill out an online report.

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