Calls grow to reward Alabama fugitives tipster

Midwest

(NewsNation) — Several petitions have surfaced asking authorities to grant James Stinson a government reward since his tip led to the arrest and capture of escaped Alabama inmate Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White.

The petitions include one from Amber Savallo, which has garnered more than a thousand signatures.

“We just passed 1735 signatures on our petition to reward #CarWashJames for apprehending a wanted person. Thank you so much for your support!!,” the page said Thursday.

On May 1, the U.S. Marshals Service announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Casey White. They also tagged on an additional $5,000 for information on Vicky White after an warrant was issued for her.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also announced a $10,000 reward for the couple, bringing the total reward amount to $25,000.

As of now, however, Stinson has yet to receive any of the reward money.

Stinson, who owns a car wash in Evansville, Indiana, spotted the pair May 4, after a truck with Tennessee plates was parked in his facility for days on end.

That’s when he alerted authorities about the unusual sighting. Authorities ran the plates, but told him there was nothing they could do, as it wasn’t reported stolen.

It wasn’t until after he towed the truck that he received a call from the U.S. Marshalls Service, which prompted him to check his surveillance footage. There, he saw Casey White behind the truck at the car wash.

“When you see something, say something,” Stinson said to NewsNation in an exclusive interview following a car chase that ensued between the fugitives, the Marshals Service and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m just glad it’s over and nobody got hurt. I was more concerned about one person trying to confront them. It took a team, and I’m glad it ended this way,” Stinson continued.

Stinson said he is not so much interested in the reward as much as he is just happy no one got hurt and Casey White is back in custody.

The Marshals Service did not say whether Stinson would get the reward when NewsNation asked. In a statement, a spokesperson said the marshals will need to determine if any tips led directly to an arrest.

“When determining if a tipster gets compensated by reward (in full or partially), USMS considers if the tip provided actionable information to the investigation and whether the tip led to the actual arrest,” according to the statement. “USMS may need weeks to complete this entire evaluation process. USMS will distribute reward money equitably and based on the totality of facts regarding helpfulness toward the conclusion of the investigation and ultimate arrest.”

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