The phone for a local "tip line" is hotter than ever.  Police are getting help solving crimes from anonymous tipsters, looking to get paid.

Long Island reporter Rob Hoell was at police headquarters in Yaphank where the Crime Stoppers hotline is ringing off the hook.

Anonymous tips coming into Suffolk County Police Crime Stoppers have helped solve more than a thousand crimes. With big cash rewards being paid out, these days, the tips are pouring in.

"Our stats have pretty much gone through the roof in the last few months and I don't know what to attribute it to other than the economy is poor and people are hard pressed for cash," Said Carol Rivadeneyra of the Crime Stoppers Bureau.

Surveillance video showed a young man viciously mugging an elderly woman at a Kings Park ATM. Shortly after the video and a photo of the suspect were released, police arrested 24-year-old Derek Miron.  A former classmate recognized him, and netted a nice cash reward.

"Some people have gone to school with the person and they're still living at the same address, they work with them, or they visit the same deli.  We get a lot of different scenarios," said Rivadeneyra.

When a cash reward was offered for help solving an armed robbery at a Commerce Bank in Farmingville, two people immediately recognized the suspect.  The next day police arrested 44-year-old Dominick Hatzimarkos. The tipsters split the cash reward.

    
Police are hoping the slow economy could put an end to the "no snitch" policy.

"We're hoping that people realize that when you're cooperating with police you're not snitching, you're helping out your community," said Lieutenant Robert Donahue of the Suffolk County Police.

So many people have been helping police solve crimes, fugitive finder publications like this one are flying off grocery store shelves and people are calling in tips looking to cash in."

Anonymous informants are given a pin number.  Once an arrest is made they take the pin number to a bank and are handed the cash, no questions asked.