The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state Department of Corrections this week launched a holiday gimmick that offers cash rewards for tips on 12 wanted convicts whose identities will be revealed on consecutive business days leading up to Christmas. The Orlando Sentinel called it the “12 Days of Fugitives.”
The crimes vary, but they all have one thing in common: they escaped from state custody sometime over the last three decades. Newspapers across the state are running photos of the wanted men, and the member companies of the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association are donating space on their digital billboards to run photos of the suspects and a special tipline telephone number. Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $2,500 for each fugive caught.