Tipsters rewarded after arrest of Lyle Jeffs

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The FBI in Salt Lake City has paid two men who provided information to officials, eventually leading to the arrest of Lyle Jeffs.

The reward of $50,000 was divided between the two men based on their level of assistance, officials said. 

Jeffs, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints escaped from home confinement June 18, 2016. He had been on the run for about a year when he was finally caught.

Officials say the two men spotted Jeffs pawning tools at a South Dakota business. A few days later one of them spotted him again and was able to write down part of his license plate. 

Yankton Police Lt. Todd Brandt spotted the vehicle while off-duty at a marina in the town.

Jeffs was taken into custody

“In cases like this, we’re happy to reward the people who take extra steps to help law enforcement make their communities safe.” FBI Minneapolis Special Agent in Charge Robert Thornton said. 

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