Crime Line – Report an Anonymous Tip

Newport News Crime Line – Week of December 3rd, 2019


I’m Senior Communications Specialist Sarah Ketchum.  The Newport News Police Department needs your help to solve a recent homicide.

On November 27, 2019, approximately 3:50 AM, Newport News officers were dispatched to the area of 24th Street in reference to a report of vehicle tampering. While en-route, officers were notified of gunshots fired in the 1400 block of 24th Street.

Upon arrival, officers located 48 year-old Calbert S. Thomas suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He died a short time later at the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Thomas saw someone tampering with his vehicle. He went outside to confront the suspect and was shot.

If you know anything about this homicide, or the individuals responsible, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Remember, Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court, and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000 with information leading to an arrest. You can also submit a tip online through available on Apple and Android devices. For the Newport News Crime Line I'm Senior Communications Specialist Sarah Ketchum.

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