HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Law enforcement officials across Hampton Roads are crediting citizens with being the catalyst to several recent arrests.
10 On Your Side often shares information on air and online about crimes that have happened across Hampton Roads. Deputies and officers say alert and responsive citizens are making a difference.
“I think that people are tired. They are tired of crime and they’re willing to step up and make the calls,” York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey said.
Ivey said one call last week stopped some thieves: “Without the tip, we may never have even gone to that neighborhood,” he said.
According to Lt. Ivey, someone called deputies around 4:30 Thursday morning reporting people checking door handles on Solebay Street in Yorktown. Eight minutes after the call, deputies were able to arrest a 16 and 17-year-old, who are now accused of taking electronics out of about seven vehicles.
“We believe that the citizen’s call was the call that broke the case,” Ivey said.
Two weeks ago, on July 24 in Norfolk, police arrested a 15-year-old boy on Little Bay Avenue. According to Norfolk Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Shenouda, that was because of a citizen tip, as well:
The information came in from a concerned citizen about several people in the area possibly tampering with an auto. Upon arrival, police searched the area and subsequently located a 15-year-old boy hiding inside a car. The preliminary investigation revealed the car the 15-year-old was hiding in was stolen. The juvenile faces several charges, and other charges may still be pending.
Last week, Virginia Beach police credited an alert citizen with helping officers catch two young suspects, who are now accused of breaking into cars.
Law enforcement officials want your calls, your tips, and your eyes wide open so that law breakers are caught and convicted. “It may not be anything. It may be something. It only takes that one call to break a huge case,” Ivey said.
You should always call 911 when there is an emergency, but for less urgent or anonymous tips, you can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.
Additionally, you can send tips through social media — here is a list of social media accounts for local law enforcement:
Currituck County Sheriff’s Office – Facebook account
Virginia State Police – Facebook account