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:
• Sept. 19, 1300-block Derwent Way: A business reported someone had gained access to the rear lot’s container storage area and stolen an unknown amount of tools from seven shipping containers sometime over the past several days. The locks on all seven containers had been broken. No witnesses or surveillance video in the area.
• Sept. 19, 1400-block Cliveden Ave.: Complainant reported the theft sometime over the weekend from their locked vehicle in the parking lot. The lock on the back of the vehicle had been cut. Two Yamaha pianos and amps with a total value of $4,000 were stolen. There were security cameras in the area but none were pointing to the affected vehicle. A file number was provided to the complainant for insurance purposes.
• Sept. 20, Nordel Way and 120th Street: Police received a call from a citizen providing the licence plate number of a vehicle where the driver was possibly impaired. Police located and stopped the vehicle on the Alex Fraser Bridge. The driver provided two breath samples, which both read “fail.” As a result the driver was given an immediate 90-day roadside prohibition and their vehicle was impounded.
• Sept. 24, North Delta Public Safety Building, 11375 84th Ave.: Complainant received an email from a person who they assumed to be their boss and provided their personal cellphone number. As directed, the complainant purchased $1,300 worth of iTune gift cards and submitted them to the person purporting to be their boss before they realized they were the victim of fraud. The complainant has informed their credit card company, who indicated they would be conducting an investigation for possible reimbursement.
• Sept. 24, 8900-block Watson Dr.: Complainant reported that sometime overnight their vehicle parked outside their residence had been broken into. Both the trunk and driver’s side door were found open. The vehicle had been rummaged through and approximately $1,000 worth of items including Callaway and Hawkeye golf clubs, golf balls and golf shoes were stolen. Empty pop cans left by the suspects will be examined by identification services for possible finger prints.
• Sept. 25, 11900-block 88th Ave.: Complainant reported the theft of their green 2009 Jeep Compass that was parked at the mall while they were shopping. The vehicle was added to the Canadian Police Information Centre as stolen. Surveillance video was requested from the shopping centre.
• Sept. 13, North Delta Public Safety Building, 11375 84th Ave.: Complainant attended the police station to report they had been defrauded of a large sum of money. They indicated they received a call from a male named “Paul” of “Ashcroft Technologies” advising that a firewall was required for their computer. In the process of purchasing the firewall, the complainant gave the caller their personal banking information and remote access to their computer. The complainant was then locked out of their computer for a few days and when they regained access they found multiple transfer of funds totaling $20,500 had been taken from their account. The bank has changed the complainant’s bank accounts and is investigating the fraud.
• Sept. 14, 11800-block 85A Ave.: Complainant reported their catalytic converter was stolen sometime overnight from their vehicle parked in the driveway. Canvass of the area by police proved negative. Estimated value of the theft and damage is $300.
• Sept. 14, 10700-block Delsom Cres.: Complainant reported they had received a call from a private number and spoken with a person claiming to be their grandchild. The person said they were in custody and required $10,000 to post bail. The phone was then turned over to a person claiming to be a Surrey police officer. The complainant did not give any personal information or funds to the caller and informed them that they would call a lawyer. The scammers immediately hung up. Complainant indicated they were reporting for information purposes. Police advised the complainant of other popular telephone scams that target seniors and provided prevention tactics.
• Sept. 15, 11500-block 72A Ave.: Complainant reported they had received multiple phone calls from different phone numbers convincing them to deposit $1,400 in bitcoin to an ATM located in Burnaby. The complainant attempted to refuse but the caller continuing calling back, claiming to be an RCMP officer and telling them that if they did not comply they would be arrested on a warrant. The complainant indicted they were required to send a photo of themselves and a receipt of the transaction to one of the phone numbers.
• Sept. 16, 11300-block 87th Ave.: Complainant reported the theft of a catalytic converter from their parent’s vehicle parked in the driveway. The theft occurred sometime over the past few days. Damage to the vehicle approximately $300. Police suggested possible ways to prevent future thefts. The complainant was provided with a file number for ICBC purposes.