Crime Line ride this weekend

Published 11:06 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

Officers from the Virginia State Police and the Suffolk Police Department prepare for the 2009 Crime Line Motorcycle Ride. This year’s event is coming up on Saturday.

Motorcyclists will have perfect weather this weekend to enjoy a 60-mile ride through Suffolk’s scenic back roads while raising money for the Suffolk Crime Line.

The Crime Line’s annual “Bikers Against Crime” ride will be held Saturday and begin at Tidewater Motorcycles, 4324 Godwin Blvd. All the money raised helps pay rewards to tipsters who call the Crime Line to help police solve crimes and find fugitives.

“We get no financial support from the government,” said Cathy Richards, a member of the Crime Line board. “It all comes from donations and fundraisers.”

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Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court. If the information they provide leads to an arrest, recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs, callers are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000, determined by the members of the board.

“The weather’s going to be pretty all weekend, so come on out and ride your bike,” Richards said. “Come out and support the organization.”

Also available at the event will be free lunch and door prizes donated by local businesses, as well as tickets on sale for a timeshare drawing to be held in December.

Items such as bandannas and T-shirts also will be on sale.

The cost for the ride is $15 per driver and $5 per passenger. The ride will leave at 11 a.m., and registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 618-9806.