Teen arrested in thefts

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, June 25, 2015

Police on Thursday made an arrest in a string of thefts from vehicles thanks to a tip from an alert citizen, according to a city press release.

The thefts took place in the Riverfront community in North Suffolk. Police received information from a citizen about “four suspicious individuals seen in the neighborhood during the early morning hours,” city spokeswoman Diana Klink stated in the press release.

Police responded and apprehended four male suspects, Klink stated.

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Corey McKinley Copeland, 19, of Portsmouth, was arrested and charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, tampering with a motor vehicle, grand larceny and petit larceny, according to the press release.

Three juveniles under the age of 16 also are suspects, Klink stated. They do not live in Suffolk.

“The Virginia State Code prohibits law enforcement from releasing the identity of juveniles that are charged with a criminal offense,” Klink stated.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text the keyword SPDVATIP and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.