More than 1,600 calls made to CMPD's Firearm by Felons hotline

by: Tenikka Smith Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a program they launched earlier this year is helping take some of the most dangerous people off the street.

So far, 1,600 people have called 704-336-6000 to provide tips about felons carrying guns.

Deputy Chief Vicki Foster said calls from the community so far have resulted in 14 arrests and 24 guns taken off the streets.

"They've been convicted of crimes before, and those are the most dangerous people," Foster said.

Police said those arrested include Anthony Brown. His background includes charges for cocaine possession, a stolen firearm and probation violation. 

Police said Roderick Chambers’ past charges include assault on a government official.

A tip call also led to the arrest of Timothy Brown.  Police said he's been arrested for armed robberies, drugs, assault and felony hit-and-run.

"Some will be going federal," Foster said. "It really depends on their prior history how far they go, but they will absolutely do some form of jail time."

Tips that pan out pay up to $500, and Foster said if you call the hotline to report anyone illegally carrying a firearm -- felon or not -- you could also be eligible for a cash reward.

Police are using billboards, business cards and even ads before previews in movies theaters to help people learn the Firearms by Felon hotline number.