The Santa Cruz Police Department has announced it is offering cash rewards for information on multiple recent crimes.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Pauly Silva on February 9. Silva was shot multiple times outside The Red Room in downtown Santa Cruz following a confrontation. Three people were arrested the night of the shooting, but to date, no charges have been filed.
A $5,000 reward is also being officered in connection with the robbery and attempted murder of a U.C. Santa Cruz student near Natural Bridges. The victim was shot in the head and her belongings stolen by a masked man on February 11. The victim is expected to make a full recovery and her stolen backpack was located near a dumpster on the East Side. Police say video footage from the area shows that a white or silver Chevy HHR is possibly associated with the drop off of the backpack. Police have also released a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him.
Police say they are offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the February 13 robbery of the Food Bin on Mission Street. According to authorities, two masked men entered the store and demanded money. One was armed with a rifle and the other carried a large knife. They managed to escape with an undisclosed amount of cash as well as an iPad and iPhone from one of the customers. A customer was also kicked in the face during the course of the robbery.
The reward money comes from a police department budget adjustment. The department does not have money specifically allocated for rewards. Anyone interested in donating to the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Community Care fund to increase the rewards are welcome to do so.
Anyone with information on the above-referenced crimes is urged to contact Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820.