Tipsters help police solve abandoned dog case, return $100K worth of stolen property

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Police Department was looking for about $100,000 of property missing from construction sites when officers found a sick dog locked in a crate and dumped in a ditch.

They didn’t make arrests in either case until they received anonymous tips, according to a release.

The Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Board awarded $2,400 in cash last month to tipsters whose information led to eight arrests on 27 charges, including the animal and theft cases.

Among those arrested was 37-year-old Corey A. Ridley of Virginia Beach. He faces two misdemeanor charges after police found a crated beagle with a large tumor in a ditch on Winston Avenue.  Ridley was taken into custody May 14 and is accused of animal cruelty and animal abandonment.

Virginia Beach police officers recover stolen construction property. (Courtesy of Virginia Beach Police Department)
Virginia Beach police officers recover stolen construction property. (Courtesy of Virginia Beach Police Department)

Police also used tips to find Kevin I. Murphy, 50, of Virginia Beach, according to the release. He faces 10 felony charges — including nine counts of grand larceny — following reports of several thefts from constructions sites in May.

Murphy was taken into custody May 24 and police returned about $100,000 worth of property afterwards, according to the release.

Nearly 16,000 crimes have been solved through Virginia Beach Crime Solvers since the group’s creation in 1982, and nearly $1 million paid out in rewards, according to the release.

Virginia Beach Crime Solvers, a nonprofit that does not use tax money, received 950 tips in 2015 and rewarded 67 tipsters with cash rewards totaling more than $15,000. Their information led to 73 arrests on 154 charges and the recovery of almost $18,000 worth of stolen property.

To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or text the information and “VBTIP” to 274637.

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