This Man Says He Deserves Entire $1.2M Dorner Reward
Rick Heltebrake was carjacked by ex-cop turned fugitive
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 12:47 PM CST
Rick Heltebrake, 61, a Boy Scout camp ranger, with his 4-year-old dalmation Suni on Feb. 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – The manhunt for killer Christopher Dorner last month spurred more than two dozen donors—from local governments to private individuals—to offer $1.2 million in reward money to capture the former cop. And carjacked camp ranger Rick Heltebrake thinks he deserves it all, reports the Los Angeles Times. Heltebrake owned the truck Dorner stole during his flight through Big Bear. After Dorner drove off, Heltebrake called a San Bernardino deputy sheriff to report what happened, which his lawyer says entitles Heltebrake to the reward money.

Despite earlier reports that a loophole might put an end to the reward, LA officials say they are inclined to hand out the money. However, others were involved in the hunt for Dorner, including Jim and Karen Reynolds, who were tied up by Dorner but managed to break free and call the police. With so many entities offering the reward money, it could take some time for them to meet and agree on who gets what. "Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect the procedures of each entity," officials say.

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Mar 11, 2013 3:29 AM CDT
Good luck trying to get reward money. The city probably will use every tactic NOT to pay any reward. The damn lawyers will find some kind of technicality. We will probably never know the truth on why he wanted revenge on the LAPD. It is sad that there are cops out there that have no integrity. I still want to believe that there are good cops out there. Another reason I don't think that we should ban firearms.
Mar 10, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
No one "deserves" it - not if they consider themselves a decent citizen.
Mar 10, 2013 9:56 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ........ They should give the reward money to the person who started the "Dorner barbecue fire" .. because it was the fire .. that 'smoked' old Dorner .. and Dorner was getting 'roasted' like a wiener .. and decided not to be a hero .. and committed suicide. -- THE TRUTH? -- The Dorner "barbecue" fire starter saved the taxpayers a lot of money. ALL the Dorner supporters won't pray for Dorner .. for they are the sons and daughters, of the children of Cain .. and they'll continue to worship the Devil .. the father of Cain. --- Cain was the Devils child, and "not" of Adam. --------------------- REALLY