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How the Petersburg community is stepping up to help police

"It's one step closer to reducing that fear and crime."
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Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 17:42:16-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- In 2020, Petersburg Police battled crime with a cry for help.

"We would always ask for the public's help," said Chief Travis Christian.

It was a cry for help which police say, was too often ignored.

But just as 2020 ended, 2021 may be seeing a change in the City of Petersburg.

"We've started seeing some calls here in our neighborhoods, from our citizens," said Christian.

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Multiple calls about a home on Saint Marks Street had police begin an investigation.

It was inside the duplex a search warrant netted two arrests and much more, according to Christian.

"We got a large sum of currency, approximately 11,000 in cash, three firearms and several pounds of marijuana," he added.

Investigators say tips really do make a difference.

"It's one step closer to reducing that fear and crime. It's one step closer for us, in eliminating criminal element plaguing our city and causing danger as it relates to gun violence in our city," said Christian.

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Investigators say the uptick in tips show citizens still care about their neighborhoods.

Christian says an anonymous call could be the difference between closing an case and it staying open.

"A little bit of information. Sometimes you think the smallest bit of information won't help but it's those little things that help us move forward and solve some of our crimes," added Christian.

Petersburg Police ask if you have information about any crime in the City, to call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.