The Crime Stoppers hot line marked its 200th capture this week when a tipster directed officers to arrest two men suspected of spray-painting graffiti in central Modesto, police announced Friday.
The tipster said he spotted Jacob Dewey, 20, and David Thomas, 23, causing vandalism in the 1500 block of Princeton Avenue near Jim Pike Park, according to Modesto police.
Officers responded to the area and took the two men into custody.
Dewey was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. Thomas was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and violating parole.
Both men were being held at the Stanislaus County Jail on Friday afternoon. Dewey's bail was set at $65,500, and Thomas was being held without bail on a parole violation.
Since the crime hot line started in 2005, tipsters have assisted police agencies in Stanislaus County in apprehending 200 suspects, including eight murder suspects, 18 armed robbery suspects and 29 burglary suspects.
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit agency that works with police agencies to offer tipsters a safe way to provide information on crimes while remaining anonymous.
Police ask anyone with information about a crime or a suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.
Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.