LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol volunteers are selling raffle tickets to offer participants the chance to win a motorcycle and help the members raise money for equipment and uniforms.
“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” said Police Lt. Chris Singleton.
Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each. The raffle will end when all tickets are sold and the drawing will be held a week after the last ticket is purchased.
The first prize for the raffle is a Titan Chopper softtail motorcycle that was built by Charm City Choppers in Baltimore, Md. It runs on a 107 cubic inch S&S engine and the graphics were created by Brunson’s Custom Designs in Churchville, Md.
The second place prize is $1,000 cash and the third prize is $500 cash. Winners do not be present to win and will be able to pick their prizes up at the police department.
Right now the motorcycle is tempting potential ticket buyers on the serving floor of Scotland Motors Inc., at South Main Street.
Money raised by the raffle will be used to help members of the Citizens on Patrol, a “self-funded” volunteer group that helps the police department with things such as checkpoints and parades, purchase vests, uniforms, radios and other equipment.
“They come out regularly to help out,” Singleton said. “They do a lot of things for us.”
More than $30,000 was invested in the motorcycle. Gerald Schilling, member of the Citizens on Patrol, said that he bought it several years ago and had it customized in 2008. He tried to put it up for sale, but had no luck, and decided that it would make a profitable donation for the organization.
Singleton added the group helped the family of fellow police officer Denetric Williams, of Laurinburg, who was injured in an accident while on duty earlier this year.
The Citizens on Patrol group was established in 2008. There is a total of eight members.
To purchase tickets and find out more information about the raffle, contact Police Lt. Chris Singletary at 910-610-9814. Gerald Schilling can also be reached at 910-610-5260.