Annual Report for 2019

The Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers (VPCS), incorporated by the State of Virginia in 1982, continued its longstanding contribution in helping make the Virginia Peninsula a safer place to live and work through its effort to obtain anonymously provided information to help law enforcement solve crimes and arrest wanted individuals.  This private initiative is funded totally through donations by corporations, small businesses, organizations and individuals. The VPCS partners with the police departments of Hampton, Newport News,James City County, Williamsburg and Poquoson, the Sheriff’s Offices of Gloucester County and York County and the print, TV, radio and social media to achieve its continued success.  This report presents a summary of the activities, contributions, and success of this all-volunteer, citizen-based organization.


Adams Outdoor Advertising


Adams Outdoor Advertising has increase their donated Crime Stoppers advertising on electronic billboards to help solve crimes on the Peninsula.  A company executive attended a VPCS Board meeting to discuss increasing the advertising as well as increasing program advertising.  This year they advertised the VPCS Salute to Law Enforcement event and became a Chiefs/Sheriff’s Sponsor.


Contribution to Community Safety


The primary mission of the VPCS is to provide a safe tool for citizens to report information anonymously concerning criminal activity to help law enforcement arrest wanted people and solve crimes. Callers remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their information results in an arrest, recovery of stolen property, or seizure of illegal drugs.  This is achieved through the use of the

1-888-LOCK-U-UP telephone tip number and through the use of web and text tipping.  The program’s contribution to community safety is measured through a few statistics.  In 2019, the seven law enforcement division,departments and offices partnering with the VPCS: received 2,612 telephone calls; solved 115 cases; made 90 arrests; recovered $83,235 in stolen property; seized $8,780 in illegal drugs; and seized or recovered 13 weapons.  The VPCS approved rewards totaling $27,535.


The following chart provides an overview of the program’s contribution to the community’s safety over the past ten years plus the ten year average for each of the performance statistics.  




Number of Calls

Number of Cases Solved

Number of Arrests

Value of Stolen Property & Illegal Drugs Recovered

Rewards Approved















































Not Recorded














10 – Year








VPCS President R. Biege Donates Brick


This is a photograph of the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers brick that was installed in the walk at the Newport News Police Department.  This brick was donated in the program’s name by President Rich Biege.


VPCS Hosts

Virginia Crime Stoppers Association Conference


The annual Virginia Crime Stoppers Association’s training conference,  hosted by the VPCS, was held September 30thand 31th at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg.  Crime Stopper board members from local programs across Virginia attended the conference.  VPCS Directors staffed the event’s networking suite providing a comfortable, relaxing venue for those attending the conference to gather, share ideas, learn different solutions to common problems, and just renew old friendships. This conference provided “Back to Basics” training for improving the operation of local Crime Stoppers’ programs.


VPCS Officers Elected for Two Year Term


The officers for the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers were elected in November and installed in December 2015 for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2016.  The officers are: President - Rich Biege (retired); Vice President for Marketing - Cheryl Early (1stAdvantage Federal Credit Union); Vice President for Administration -  Mike Minarik (retired) replaced by Fred Kern(retired); Treasurer - Susie Bartlome (Old Point National Bank); and Secretary- Skyler Place (Walmart/ODU Student).   


Hampton Roads Transit

 Begins Advertising on Buses


The Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers expanded it community outreach by reaching an agreement with HRT to advertise the Crime Stoppers program and telephone number on the inside of their buses running routes on the Peninsula.  This cooperative advertising initiative began in November 2016. 



Seventh Annual Salute to Law Enforcement


The Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers’ Seventh Annual Salute to Law Enforcement was held on June 16, 2016 at The Marriott Newport News City Center.  This event honors a law enforcement officer and a civilian from each of the seven jurisdictions within the Virginia Peninsula Crime

Stoppers program.  Those recognized were:


York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office                          Master Deputy Michael Russell

                                                                                    Sandy Turbeville

Hampton Police Division                        Master Police Officer Delancy Pryor, Jr.

                                                                                    Debbie L. Heath

Newport News Police Dept.                   Master Police Officer Matthew Overton

                                                                                    Jennifer Conner

Williamsburg Police Dept.                          Master Police Officer Sean Hughes

                                                                                    Tobby Lane

Poquoson Police Dept.                                           Officer Josh Pankoke

                                                                              Pastor Daniel B. Cromer

James City County Police Dept.    Senior Police Officer Timothy J. Renwick

                                                                                    Sharon Abney

Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Phil Lutz & K-9 Deputy Rexi

                                                                                    John Gordon


The Fred Kern Meritorious Service Award was given to Grady M. Blaylock, Chairman of the Board/Owner Equidata, Inc., for his more than 30 years of continuous support to the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers program.


Headline Sponsors were: the Langley Federal Credit Union, BayPort Credit Union, Walmart,and the Daily Press.  The Chief/Sheriff’s Sponsors were: 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union, Newport News Shipbuilding, Saint Leo University, and Adams Outdoor Advertising.  The Back the Blue Sponsors were: Coliseum Central, BID, Inc., Old Point National Bank, and Equidata, Inc.


The 2017 Salute to Law Enforcement is scheduled for Thursday June 8, 2017 at the Marriott Newport News City Center hotel from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.



16thAnnual Top Cop Awards & and Dinner


The Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Lines, Inc.’s, partnering with the seven Crime Line, Crime Solvers and Crime Stoppers programs across the Hampton Roads region, held its 16th Annual Top Cop Awards and Dinner on October 22, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth.   The past year, these seven programs received 3,789 calls and text tips, solved 347cases resulting in 251 arrests, recovery of stolen property valued at $127,420, and seized illegal drugs valued at $15,910.


Those officers recognized from the law enforcement departments partnering with the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers were:


Hampton Police Division                                Senior Corporal Randal M. Mayer

Newport News Police Dept.              Master Police Officer Melissa S. Gretsinger

Poquoson Police Dept.                                           Officer Josh Pankoke

Williamsburg Police Dept.                                  Investigator Sean Hughes

James City County Police Dept.           Senior Police Officer Timothy J. Renwick

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office                           Sergeant Travis Smith


The Bay Port Credit Union was recognized with the Corporation of the Year award.



Fundraiser at Cozzy’s Comedy Club and Tavern


The Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers held a fund raiser at Cozzy’s Comedy Club and Tavern in Newport News.  Tickets to this event were $10 and food could be purchased at the Club.  A comedian played to a packed house and the event raised over $1,000.  Another fundraiser is being planned for Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Cozzy’s and tickets will be available in February 2017. 


VPCS Outreach


The VPCS’s speaker’s bureau discussed the Crime Stoppers program at a meeting of a Neighborhoods Watch group on Chesapeake Avenue in Newport News.  Approximately 15 people attended.



VPCS Directors


The VPCS’ Board of Directors as of December 2016 was:


            Rich Biege                                     Army (Ret)

            Susie Bartlome                            Old Point National Bank

            Sherry Cassell                              Equidata, Inc. (Ret)

            Jorge Gonzalez                             BayPort Credit Union

Dawn Joyner                                 Civil Service Ret)

            Fred Kern                                      NASA (Ret)

            Rick Pittinger                                Navy (Ret)

            Brian Richards                              Wal Mart

            Rob Szukelewicz                          Newport News Shipbuilding

            Jim West                                        Kings Mill Police Department

            Amanda Wroten                          Newport News Police Foundation, Inc.