Crooks beware! Your video has come in, and it's going to air on a half-hour TV show, starting soon. It's called Crooks on TV, and is produced by a local man.
"I hope that law enforcement will catch more bad guys," said producer Wilson Hawthorne of Lee County. "The video from the surveillance cameras is crystal clear these days, so you can really see the person committ the crime."
The show will highlight roughly eight to 12 unsolved crimes with the use of the video. It will air on Saturdays at 10:30 pm on comcast channel 9 in Lee and Collier Counties.
Hawthorne is working with Crime Stoppers, which hopes to solve more crimes as a result of the video exposure on the show. "Sometimes people see a brief clip on the news, but that's it. The next day, it's old news. So this is a way for people to get another look at unsolved crimes, and perhaps remember something significant. And they can get a cash reward if they call in and break the case," said Trish Routte of Crime Stoppers. "We really like the idea of the show, it should make our neighborhoods safer. Nobody wants a fugitive in their community."
Hawthorne says he is paying for the show out of his own pocket. Eventually, he hopes to get some commercial sponsors to defray costs. The first show airs on Sat., March 5, and will feature 2 armed robberies, 2 murders, and other cases. Hawthorne says he has signed a contract to produce 52 shows, and he hopes to possibly expand the cases to Collier county crimes. Right now, he's working with the Lee Sheriff, Fort Myers Police, and Cape Coral Police.