GLOVERSVILLE — Following a successful first month in Gloversville and Utica, the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers are currently fundraising for another anti-crime kiosk that will be named in honor of two dogs that were killed in a Montgomery County break in.
The kiosk, which was installed at City Hall in early March, displays information on wanted criminals, feature high-profile unsolved crimes, give health and safety tips, weather information and messages by local officials.
The systems feature smartphone QR codes that allow access to the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers app and a tip page. Tips are anonymous and can lead to a cash reward.
Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers allows people to make fully anonymous tips that are then passed along to law enforcement. These tips can result in cash rewards.
“If anybody knows anything about a crime that has been committed in the community they can call us and not have to worry,” Glorioso said. “That’s the big things, getting the information from the public.”
Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Executive Director James Glorioso said the first day the kiosks went up, someone saw his face being displayed on the kiosks through a report on a news channel and called the police to turn himself in.
“He called to tell them to take it down. He turned himself in so they would take it down,” Glorioso said.
He said people have been using the QR scanner for tips and calling the hotline about what they saw on the kiosk.
“It’s doing so well that we are trying to get another one now. One that we can actually use at events, because we want to keep that one for the police department,” Glorioso said.
Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers has set up a GoFundMe account and is seeking donations through private means to obtain a new kiosk that they will be able to take with them at events around Mohawk Valley Communities.
The kiosk will be named the Quigley and Kirby Community Kiosk in honor of Pat and Denise Krohn’s two goldendoodle dogs.
The Krohn family were the victims of a still unsolved crime, when someone broke into the Krohn’s town of Florida home, shooting and killing the dogs during a burglary. Information on the crime will be displayed on both the Oneida and Fulton County kiosks.
Any donor who gives $250 or more to the effort will have their name or business on the kiosk in the “Friends of Quigley and Kirby” area.
Glorioso said $600 private dollars and some funds from GoFundMe have been collected for far for the effort.
The Quigley and Kirby Community Kiosk is intended to bring awareness to the issue of animal abuse and to fight for tougher laws. Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers allows people to report animal abuse cases anonymously through its website and hotline.
Glorioso encourages prospective private and business donors to contact him directly to learn more about the systems by calling him at (518) 227-7266.
“I’d like to talk with anyone that is interested and let them know about it and even show them personally what is involved in it,” Glorioso said.
To give tips on a crime to the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers call (866) 730-8477, download the Andriod app or go to: mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com.