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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Denied Reward for Fingering Cop Killer

7/17/2013 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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He denied the reward for fingering the cop killer? What else did he do?!?!?!?!?!

465 days ago


No one should be payed to do what is right

465 days ago


How about giving that reward money to the families of the slain deputies he murdered??

465 days ago


Sue the LAPD.

465 days ago


Thats what you get for.snitchin

465 days ago

juggalo 6    

I still want to know what the LAPD is hiding. It was enough to kill a man by shooting him in the head as he was surrendering then push him back into a burning building. The LAPD are the definition of monsters. Chris Dorner is no different from Snowden or anyone else who is assassinated by the government for trying to protect the people. Just remember LAPD and those responsible for all of the current corruption, "what is done in the darkness will be brought to the light. You can run on for a long time, but sooner or later God will cut you down."

465 days ago


Wow, since they were saying how crucial his tip was at the time

465 days ago


sleazy move by the cops, but not surprising at all!

465 days ago


That's total BS!!!!

465 days ago


Why is TMZ showing this murder's picture? And there showing him in uniform, glorifying him as an officer when he killed so many. Why doesn't TMZ show pictures of his victims instead? (sarcasm)

465 days ago


Hello!!! It's not a "tip" if they already knew where he was, so why would he get money?

464 days ago


At the time I noticed the reward probably would never be paid because it stated it was for tip in locating, capture, and CONVICTION.

There was no way Dorner was ever going to be taken alive for the opportunity to be convicted in court.

463 days ago


Lol. I was a little concerned when I read the headline to this article. I'm glad it wasn't what I thought...

461 days ago
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