VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Board awarded more than $2,400 in cash rewards for tips received in the past month that led to eight arrests on 27 charges and the recovery of $100,840 in stolen property.
50-year-old Kevin I. Murphy, of Virginia Beach, faces nine felony grand larceny charges and one felony charge of entering a structure with the intent to commit larceny.
Murphy was arrested on May 24 in connection to a rash of thefts from construction sites throughout the month of May. Police also recovered and returned about $100,000 in stolen property to victims.
Crime Solvers tips also lead to the arrest of 37-year-old Corey A. Ridley, also of Virginia Beach, on one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor charge of animal abandonment after a crated dog was dumped in a ditch on Winston Avenue on May 14. The beagle had a large tumor, which has since been removed.
Tipsters in both cases received a cash reward.
In 2015, Crime Solvers approved 67 rewards, totaling $15,089. That year, 950 tips led to 76 arrests on 154 charges and the recovery of $17,880 worth of stolen property. Since its inception in 1982, Virginia Beach Crime Solvers has helped solve 16,000 crimes and paid out nearly $1 million in awards.
Crime Solvers is a nonprofit and does not use tax money for rewards.
To make a donation or for more information, including on unsolved crimes, visit crimesolvers.com. To submit an
anonymous tip, call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).