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Publishing Most Wanted “Deadbeat Parents” a Success

(Harford County, Md) — Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have been quite successful in apprehending some of the County’s most wanted deadbeat parents nabbing just under 60% of those they have been searching for. Deputies report that along with the help of the Aegis newspaper, the Harford County Crime Solvers, and the public, sheriff’s deputies have apprehended 107 out of 180 wanted subjects since February 25th. “While we strive for 100% these cases aren’t as easy as they appear on the surface,” said Sgt. Charles Schruefer, supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Support Enforcement Unit. “It sometimes will takes weeks of investigation just to arrest one suspect because you are searching for someone who doesn’t really want to be found”, Schruefer says. Schruefer also said deputies work long hours and in many cases are dependent on people calling in tips on the whereabouts of the wanted subject. “Citizen involvement and tips are two of the keys to our unit’s success”, he said, noting, people do not want to see a child go without and often call in tips on cases where they otherwise might not get involved. “ That’s very important to us”, Schruefer says, “because you can’t hide long when you have hundreds of extra eyes, in addition to police, looking for you”.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage the public to call in tips on any subject wanted by the Sheriff’s Office. Tipsters may call the Bureau of Support Enforcement Unit directly at 410-836-5409. The Harford County Crime Solvers offers cash rewards for information that will help police locate wanted subjects. You must call the twenty-four hour tip line at 1-888-540-TIPS to be eligible. You won’t have to give your name or appear in court.