Crime Watch: Wanted fugitives


We say this often 16 Morning News. You are sometimes the best tool police have to solve crime.

That's because tips often lead officers to finding a suspect.

In Thursday’s Crime Watch, Lieutenant Cindy Kilgore showed us photos of some wanted fugitives in hopes it will help police locate them. Click through the gallery to see their photos.

You can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers and you may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest: 800-342-STOP or (574) 288-STOP.

Alfredo Bolanos, St. Joseph County: Accused of attacking three different woman, raping 2 of them, back in 2006. The third, a teenager, was able to get away.

Shaun Balkcom, St. Joseph County: Wanted for three counts of child molestation, 2 counts of domestic battery as well as criminal recklessness.

Ryan Earl, St. Joseph County: Warrants in Berrien and St. Joseph counties. During a controlled drug buy with undercover officers he fled in a vehicle, backed into one of the officers, and got away during a pursuit with police.

Vincent Purtha, Berrien County: Wanted on 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct, related to sexual assaults to a juvenile female relative of his. Purtha was also featured on America's Most Wanted.

Omar Mora, Kosciusko County: Stems from 2007 double homicide. Accused of killing a man at a Warsaw gas station then killing his wife at home. It is believed he may have fled to Mexico.

Scott Culver, Elkhart County: Wanted for 4 counts of child molestation and is accused in one incident to have had a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old girl.

Jane Burkhart, LaPorte County: Wanted for 16 counts of cruelty to animals. Has been tried in absentia, was found guilty, and facing jail time.


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