VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Every day, Virginia Beach police investigate dozens of cases.
Most end with an arrest, but there some that need help from the public.
“The police department needs these tips,” said Detective Catie Wilson.
Wilson is in charge of monitoring the department’s Crime Line. She knows right away if it’s a good one. Wilson sends the tips to the officers and investigators.
Last month, those tips led to the solving of two major cases in the city.
“We just received information that somebody was involved in some narcotics activity,” Wilson said.
That information was sent to patrol officers who stopped a car in the north end of Virginia Beach.
It led them to home on 79th Street, where according to court records, they found scales, $29,000 in cash and 100 pounds of marijuana. Two arrests were made, and according to court documents, one suspect told an officer she was selling the weed.
Police have asked 10 On Your Side not to release the name of the suspects.
“It’s a lot and we don’t see that very often,” Wilson added.
In a separate case a tip to Crime Solvers ended with three murder suspects in jail.
“We got information on one person involved and with that the investigators got to verify that information,” Wilson said. “From there it lead them to the other individuals that involved. It was a nice chain reaction.”
Officers arrested Gabriel Colon, Bryan Mack and Robert Hammond in the death of 20-year-old Jamal Davis. Davis was shot to death inside the Smoke Shop on Newtown Road.
Police say a small tip can turn into big moment for victims’ families.
“The people that are the victims of all these incidents get closure and they get satisfaction knowing that something has been done that particular case,” Wilson added.
Last month, the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers handed out almost $3,000 in reward money.
Crime Solvers runs strictly on donations. The organization is holding its 12th Annual Pig Pickin and Family Fun Day on June 2 from 1-5 p.m. The event will take place at the Military Aviation Museum at 1341 Princess Anne Road.
For information on tickets for the event, contact Jimmy Capps at 428-1821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.