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December 14, 2013

Crimeline tip results in payoff, burglar tip

SEABROOK — A Crimeline tip that led to the indictment of a suspect in a series of local burglaries has resulted in a cash reward being paid to the source that provided the information.

According to Hampton police Lt. Daniel Gidley, on Dec. 12, Crimeline for the Hamptons paid the cash reward to the individual who provided information that led to the arrest and indictment of Joseph Lebel, of Manchester. Lebel was wanted in connection to a series of burglaries and thefts in both Seabrook and Hampton.

In a recent press release, Gidley wrote that the source that provided the tip came forward just days after a surveillance photo was released to local media and on Crimeline’s Facebook page. Crimeline of the Hamptons encompasses crimes that take place in the Hamptons and Seabrook as well.

“At the time of the photo release, investigators had no information on who the suspect was,” according to Gidley. “The tipster provided credible information that ultimately led to the identification of Lebel and his subsequent arrest in Hampton.”

Lebel was indicted by a Rockingham County Grand Jury on Dec. 3, and is awaiting trial.

Those who provide information to Crimeline have complete anonymity, according to Gidley, and are only known by one police liaison who provides the rewards to the individuals involved.

Crimeline of the Hamptons provides cash rewards of up to $1,000 that are approved by the Crimeline’s board of directors after reviewing a request from a local police liaison.

Anyone with information on crimes in the Hampton, Seabrook, North Hampton and Hampton Falls area are urged to call the Crimeline for the Hamptons at 603-929-1222.

Tips can be also submitted by visiting https://www.tipsubmit.com and selecting Hamptons as the region or by texting the word “CRIMES”(274637) with the keyword Hamptons. Links can also be found on the Crimeline’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hamptoncrimeline.

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