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North Delta crime beat, week of Aug. 9

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

The purpose of the crime beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North Delta and other files of interest. It is submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department. If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.

The following are some of the calls police responded to in the previous week:

• Aug. 9, 4:08 a.m., 11400-block 79A Ave.: Police re-attended this location for another report of loud music. Home owner was very apologetic and explained a few stragglers from the party had felt the need to turn the music on again. Police warned further attendance would result in a bylaw fine. (Note: there were multiple reports of loud parties and music in Delta throughout the night.)

• Aug. 10, 8:47 p.m., 8800-block Shepherd Way: Emergency Health Services requested police attendance as a woman had just been bit by a dog. The woman had been walking when a large dog ran towards her. The victim became scared and screamed, and the dog then jumped on her and began biting her. Upon hearing the commotion, a neighbour came out and hit the dog until it let the woman go. When police arrived the dog owner was also on scene and very apologetic, as it seems a gate was accidentally left open. The woman fortunately did not receive serious injuries. Police advised animal control of the incident.

• Aug. 10, 1:40 p.m., 72nd Avenue off-ramp to Highway 91: Police pulled over a van for a mechanical inspection and noted major defects, including an inoperative park break and loose body parts. The driver was given a “Notice and Order Box 1,” which means the vehicle was immediately removed from the road as being too unsafe to drive. The licence plates were seized and returned to ICBC.

• Aug. 11, 9:29 a.m., 8200-block Sheaves Rd.: Complainant advised a vehicle’s alarm was malfunctioning throughout the night and keeping them awake. Police reached the registered owner by phone, who admitted to the car alarm malfunctioning. As there were previous complaints on file, the owner was advised that any further complaints would result in a bylaw ticket. The owner stated the car alarm would be fixed that day.

• Aug. 11, 1:00 p.m., Richardson Elementary School: A complainant called to report two children on the school’s roof, and stated he was concerned for their well-being. The youths descended before police arrived, however officers located the youths, who admitted to climbing the roof out of boredom. Police advised them of safety concerns, which they were receptive to.

• Aug. 12, 8:13 p.m., 8300-block Centre St.: Police pulled over a vehicle and noted signs of impairment, and that the driver appeared anxious. The driver was given a demand for a breath sample, however the flow was too low to provide a reading. Although police demonstrated how to provide a sample, the driver suggested the device was malfunctioning. Police switched to another approved screening device and again issued the demand, also warning the driver that failing to provide a sufficient sample would be considered a refusal, which carried the same penalty as a fail. Despite multiple attempts, the driver did not provide a sufficient sample. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound.

• Aug. 12, 3:35 p.m., location withheld: Complainant received a phone call allegedly from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), stating his social insurance number was under investigation for money laundering. The alleged CRA agents explained the victim needed to withdraw $3,200 cash and deposit it in a bitcoin machine. Police attended and spoke with the victim, who stated he withdrew the money and deposited it in a bitcoin machine. The victim then realized it was a scam and spoke to his bank, who said they would not reimburse him. Unfortunately, since the cash was deposited into a bitcoin machine, police are unable to trace where the money went from there. Police noted scammers can “spoof” or fake the appearance of legitimate phone numbers. (Note: Canadian government agencies do not demand payment in bitcoin or gift cards.)

• Aug. 14, 3:24 p.m., Kittson Parkway: Police conducting laser enforcement pulled over a speeding vehicle and noted the distinct odour of burnt cannabis and a freshly lit cannabis cigarette beside the driver’s seat. The driver admitted to smoking cannabis. The driver performed poorly on the standard field sobriety test and his driver’s licence was seized and his vehicle was towed.

• Aug. 14, 5:53 p.m., 8000-block 120th St.: Complainant reported the theft of his mountain bike from the rear of his workplace sometime earlier this day. Bike was secured, but the cable was found cut. Police discussed the bike registration program with the complainant.

• Aug. 15, 8:19 p.m., 8800-block Delwood Dr.: Complainant reported a loud party. Police attended and observed a few family members having a BBQ in the backyard with children splashing in the pool. Police spoke with the homeowner to advise them of the complaint and requested the music be turned down. Homeowner indicated they would move the party inside.

RELATED: South Delta crime beat, week of Aug. 9

SEE ALSO: North Delta crime beat, week of Aug. 2

SEE ALSO: South Delta crime beat, week of Aug. 2


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