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To say that law enforcement officials in Texas have been busy over the last 12 months would be a massive understatement.  In 2021, authorities in the Lone Star State went for broke when it comes to hunting down and arresting the most dangerous of the dangerous criminals.

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The 34 Texas "Most Wanted" Criminals Arrested Last Year Are The Worst Of The Worst

The Texas most wanted list is comprised of the worst criminals there are.  We're talking sex offenders, armed robbers, murderers, and more - and each one of them slipped through the fingers of police looking to keep them off of the streets.  Once these crooks become fugitives, the full weight and capabilities of the law enforcement community comes down on them, and hard.

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Texas Law Enforcement Officials Worked Countless Hours to Bring These Most Wanted Crooks In

Below you'll find the results of a solid year of hard work by local, state, national, and even international agencies dedicated to bringing these criminals to justice.  In 2021, Texas broke the record for the most "Most Wanted" arrests with 34.  That smashes the record of 32 arrests set in 2013.

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Regular Citizens Got Paid Big Money to Help Bring in Texas "Most Wanted" Criminals

Just a note before we get to the lineup of Texas worst criminals who are now behind bars, you'll see that a lot of these pictures have a green banner at the bottom that reads "Reward Paid."  That's because officials rely on tips from everyday citizens to track down these bad boys, and they're willing to pay good money for the information that helps them get their man.  Last year, $71,500 in rewards were paid to folks whose tips paid off in an arrest.

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Here's How You Can Get Paid For Helping Police Arrest More of Texas "Most Wanted" Criminals

If you just happen to know where a wanted fugitive is, you can cash in too!  You'll have to submit your tip by calling 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), going to the official DPS website, or by providing the information on the official Texas 10 Most Wanted Facebook page.  For a list of fugitives still on the run, the DPS has a frequently updated list of criminals on the run here.

These 34 Texas 'Most Wanted' Criminals Were Captured in 2021

Texas law enforcement officials put in one heck of a year in 2021! Thanks to the tireless efforts of state, local, national, and even international agencies, the Lone Star State broke the record of arresting 32 of the most "Most Wanted" fugitives in the state back in 2013. After the dust settled, these 34 wanted crooks were behind bars.

Can You Help Solve Any of These 24 East Texas Cold Cases?

Crime is a terrible thing. Luckily, we've got a dedicated group of police officers and investigators that work around to the clock to bring those responsible for breaking the law to justice. Unfortunately, not every case is closed. Authorities in East Texas are hoping that someone might have a key piece of information that could help them crack these 24 cold cases wide open. If you know anything, please reach out to the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000, or Tyler Smith County Crime-Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

Have You Seen Any of These 44 Missing East Texas People?

Losing someone is hard, but when they go missing without a trace - it's even harder. The family and friends of these 44 people are desperate for any information that could bring their loved ones home or at least give them some closure. If you have any information at all that could lead authorities to their whereabouts, please contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse by calling (800) 346-3243