On Friday January 19th Crime Solvers Virginia Beach hosted an officer installation and Awards luncheon. Mayor Dyer installed six Executive Officers for the board.

Mike Carey, Chairman

Rick Amelon, Vice Chair

Dan Edwards, Treasurer

Dan Kennedy, Secretary

Mary Kaye Tyson, Financial Coordinator

Theresa Orr, Director at Large

Thank you everyone for taking on this volunteer position. We know you will do a wonderful job and we appreciate you.


The Awards


Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Clyde D. Hathaway Memorial Reward

Detective  DJ Walker, On November 6, 2022 at approximately 1805 hours the Valero gas station located at 801 S. Lynnhaven Rd, was robbed by an armed masked male.  The suspect had displayed a firearm while demanding money from the register.  After obtaining the money the suspect fled the scene.  During an interview with the victim clerk, he stated that not long before the robbery, the same suspect had been in the business acting suspicious without a mask which the clerk was able to remember. Detective Walker who was the lead detective on the case, disseminated still photos of the suspect to the media and Crime Solvers.  A Crime Solvers tip was generated and the suspect was identified. The suspect had also committed another armed robbery in Chesapeake after the Virginia Beach robbery.  Detective Walker was able to access phone records which corroborated that the suspect was at the Valero.  Warrants were obtained for Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and a search warrant of his home in Suffolk which led to the recovery of additional evidence.   Detective Walker was unable to attend, his Sargent M. Laino accepted the award in his absence.

Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Clyde D. Hathaway Memorial Reward nominations

Detective Michael Lohse, Detective Travis Neal and Detective Joseph Shank were also nominated for the award.


Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Charles R. Wall SRO Award (School Resource Officer)

MPO Cameron Kolmer Received a tip stating a student was smoking a vape on the bus and in school that contained marijuana.  Upon investigation the vape and drugs were removed from the student. MPO Kolmer’s perseverance led to the discovery of valuable information from multiple students, shedding light on the methods by which illicit substances were entering our schools. His commitment to the safety and well-being of the community was further demonstrated by sharing the knowledge gained from his investigation with his peers, resulting in a significant reduction in the influx of illegal substances into our schools.



Toni Guagenti received the (Henry McDonald Award) Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Board Member of the year for her exceptional value to the fundraising efforts of the Board. Her never ending energy is a most valuable asset to the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Board, as well as the Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Lines board.

A special thanks to our volunteers, whom help us with our daily tasks to keep The Crime Solvers office running smoothly.  They are appreciated greatly.

Thank you to our Mayor Bobby Dyer, Chief Paul Neudigate, and News 13’s Dan Kennedy.



Since 1982, Virginia Beach Crime Solvers has received 41,115 anonymous tips. These tips have resulted in more than 8,305  arrests and more than 16,181 solved crimes.  Tips to Crime Solvers has recovered over $43,419,268 in narcotics, Illegal cash and stolen property.

Virginia Beach Crime Solvers has paid out over $1,361,784 in cash rewards to anonymous tipsters. Zero tax dollars are used to pay rewards!


End of year 2023:  Virginia Beach Crime Solvers received 1113 anonymous tips. With our tipsters help we solved 184 cases. Made 60 arrests. Authorized $20,025 in rewards to tipsters. Recovered $33,834 in stolen property and drugs.  Removed 6 handguns from the street.  

Thank you.




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