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. 6, 11:02 a.m., 7000-block 120 St.: The complainant reported a hit-and-run to his Hyundai that occurred three minutes before at a drive thru. The man advised that he was stopped when he was rear-ended. He said when both vehicles had made it through the drive-thru line he parked and waved over the driver who ignored him and drove away. The complainant advised of minor body damage to his back bumper. Police attended the registered owner’s residence. He admitted to police he was driving, but said he didn’t know he had made contact with the Hyundai because the music in their vehicle was “too loud.” The driver was served a ticket for failure to remain at the scene of the accident.
• Sept. 6, 10:19 a.m., Nordel Way: Police observed a truck at the Nordel Way off-ramp, and stopped it to check the driver for a valid driver’s licence. The driver was identified, and queries revealed that the driver was prohibited from driving. Vehicle was towed.
• Sept. 7, 1:27 p.m., 11100-block 84th Ave.: Police contacted by store employees, indicating someone had grabbed energy drinks and left without paying.
• Sept. 8, 10:41 p.m., 1000-block River Rd: Public called about a possible impaired driver of a Mercedes as the vehicle was seen swerving on the road, and provided updated location of the vehicle. Delta police attended the scene and located the driver in the rear seat of his vehicle changing his shoes as he was going to work. The driver was advised of the traffic complaint; however, he denied the above allegations. Nothing suspicious, no signs of intoxication, and the vehicle parked legally.
• Sept. 8, 12:48 p.m., 10900-block Lyon Rd.: Resident reported his truck had been broken into while parked in his driveway, sometime over the long weekend. He noticed some of his belongings were on the floor and the glove box was open. Nothing of value appeared to be taken, possibly a small amount of change in the cup holder. No damage to the vehicle as the complainant believes he left the vehicle unlocked. Reminder to ensure nothing of value is left visible in your vehicle.
• Sept. 9, 12:42 a.m., 7800-block 112th St.: Delta police observed an Acura doing burnouts in the parking lot. Police entered the parking lot and observed the vehicle unoccupied, parked across three parking stalls with both front doors open and another car nearby. All nearby parties denied driving the Acura and a police query revealed the vehicle was uninsured. Police advised all parties the Acura would be impounded as abandoned, when one of the males admitted to driving it. However, a query revealed he had no valid driver’s licence. He informed police he had just purchased the Acura and had not yet transferred ownership. Police impounded the Acura and issued a ticket to the driver for driving without a licence.
• Sept. 9, 7:15 p.m., 11600-block 81st Ave.: Delta police were advised to attend a residence for a complaint of a party with loud music. Police attended and music levels were quite low, especially given the time. Approximately 25 family members were seen at the residence and there were no social distancing concerns. Police advised the residents to be mindful of their noise levels as further calls may result in a bylaw ticket being issued.
• Sept. 10, 10:52 p.m., 11500-block Lyon Rd. (Seaquam Secondary): Police received a report from an anonymous caller stating that approximately four or more youth were lighting firecrackers in the south field area. Police attended, however, the youth were gone on arrival. Police could smell the fresh scent of ignited explosives, but couldn’t locate any spent firecracker cartridges. Likely related to first week of school “hell night” activities. Perimeter check of Seaquam was negative for any damage. Nothing suspicious observed.
• Sept. 11, 4:10 p.m., 11200-block 72nd Ave.: Police were traveling westbound behind a vehicle and could smell the odour of burnt marijuana. Police suspected the driver of the vehicle may have consumed marijuana given the strong odour. Upon stopping, the driver of the vehicle appeared to display red/bloodshot eyes and dried white saliva in corner of the mouth. There was an overpowering odour of burnt marijuana that emanated from inside the vehicle. Police performed a standard field sobriety test and the driver performed poorly. The driver was served a prohibition and the vehicle was towed to Roadway Towing. The driver was filming the entire event and refused to acknowledge the officer when he was explaining the prohibition, location of the vehicle and location of driver licences. Upon finishing, the police asked the driver if he had any questions, and the driver walked away without speaking.
• Sept. 13, 12000-block 72nd Ave.: A possible impaired driver was reported leaving a restaurant. Police located the vehicle and read a breath demand. The driver blew in the “warn” range and was issued a three-day driving suspension. A sober family member attended to pick up the driver.