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:
• Feb. 15, 5:30 a.m., 8500-block 120th St.: Police were dispatched to a mischief in progress after the caller observed someone smash a car window and pour accelerant into it before leaving on foot. Police were provided a description of the individual and their director of travel before locating them in a nearby business. Police identified and arrested the suspect, who was also found to be breaching their release conditions. Police transported them to Surrey cells.
• Feb. 17, 9:50 a.m., 8000-block 120th St.: Police conducted a traffic stop on a reckless driver speeding through parking lots and driving into oncoming traffic. Upon identifying the driver, police arrested them for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Police also noted cannabis in view and indicators of impairment. Police read the driver the standard field sobriety test demand, and the driver performed poorly. The driver was later issued a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and a court date for impaired driving after refusing to provide a sample for analysis.
• Feb. 18, 700-block Hampstead Close: Police were dispatched to a late report theft of auto after staff reported a five-tonne Freightliner had been stolen sometime overnight. Broken glass was located at the passenger side of where the vehicle was last parked, and CCTV is pending for police review.
• Feb. 18, Highway 91/72nd Avenue overpass: Police were dispatched to a reported distressed person on the highway overpass watching traffic from the guardrail. Police located the individual and identified them as a high-risk missing person out of Burnaby who was suffering from paranoid delusions. Police safely apprehended them under Sec. 28 of the Mental Health Act and transported them to hospital where Burnaby RCMP assumed custody.
• Feb. 18, 7:54 p.m., 8100-block 120th St.: Police were dispatched to a local business after three people refused to leave the property despite being repeatedly asked by staff. Police located the group, identified each of them and found one to be in breach of an existing court order not to be found at that business. Police arrested them on the breach order, and subsequently located weapons and suspected narcotics on their person.
• Feb. 19, 10:50 p.m., 11900-block 86th Ave.: Police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety, and after identifying the driver read them the approved screening device demand. The driver’s breath sample resulted in a “fail” reading, and they were issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and had their vehicle towed for the mandatory 30-day period.
• Feb. 20, 11:02 p.m., 8800-block 120th St.: Police conducted a traffic stop and, upon confirming the driver’s identification, found them to be prohibited from driving. While arresting the driver, police detected the distinct odour of liquor and read them the approved screening device demand. The driver’s breath sample resulted in a “warn” reading and they were issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition and had their vehicle towed.
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