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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Denied Reward for Fingering Cop Killer

7/17/2013 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The man whose truck was carjacked by Christopher Dorner during his cop killing rampage -- and who subsequently notified police -- doesn't deserve a cent of the reward money ... so says Riverside County, California.

TMZ broke the story ... Richard Heltebrake sued a bunch of government bodies in SoCal that promised a million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Dorner, who murdered three police officers in February, 2013.

Heltebrake claims his tip was crucial in tracking down Dorner -- and he demanded the full reward, which was collectively financed by several municipalities, including Riverside County, the City of L.A., and the City of Irvine.

But now, Riverside is saying Heltebrake deserves jack squat -- because his "tip" regarding Dorner's whereabouts came in AFTER police already knew where Dorner was.

Lawyers for Riverside cite Heltebrake's own account of his call to police -- where Heltebrake describes hearing a "serious volley of gunshots" before calling a local deputy. Riverside claims those gunshots were from a firefight between Dorner and police.

Translation: his tip came in too late.

Riverside has decided to give the majority of its reward to the couple whom Dorner tied up and gagged inside their home in Big Bear Lake ... before taking off in their Nissan.

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billybob    

Message to all cop killers: Hide in Riverside County! No one there will tell the authorities anything!

440 days ago
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Elsa    

The tipper ironically got the same treatment from the Police that drove Dorner to snap.

440 days ago
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oink    

Cops are crooked. liars.

440 days ago
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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

I would be pissed and sue for that money..

440 days ago
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KissMint    

If i ever have a tip, I'll fedex the note. At least it's in writing with time stamp when delivered.

440 days ago
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wj    

This happens a lot. I'm surprised anyone believes the reward offers, they always find a way to get out of paying, or at least they choose who they want to have it, right or wrong.

440 days ago
7.

Los Pepes    

Im sure KICKS and CATLINA will defend this POS

440 days ago
8.

verlinda    

This is old news. There was never any intentions of paying any awards....next story

440 days ago
9.

STFU    

when will people learn you CANNOT not trust these LOWLIFE PIGS

440 days ago
10.

Donka Do Ball    

How's that re-opened investigation into Dorner's firing for being a whistleblower going? Oh yeah, the LAPD chief was blowing smoke out of his a$$ when he said that.

440 days ago
11.

Mitch    

He deserves the money.

440 days ago
12.

bjay    

I think the couple that were tied up and had their car stolen earned it.

440 days ago
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STFU    

Did he really think he was going to get reward $. Omg, HE stood a better chance of winning the lottery . LMAO!

440 days ago
14.

Cpt Caveman    

Isn't that area full of corrupt cops and Government? Chancers are the corrupt coppers and there mates have already received the money. Hence the corrupt win!! Again.. And again...

440 days ago
15.

TMZCrazy    

Greed! GREED! Greed!! Nobody deserved the money. Go back to school and get an education!

440 days ago
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