The purpose of the crime beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in South 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:
• Dec. 19, 7:52 p.m., 8500-block Highway 99: Police observed a black Honda CRV in the ditch off of Highway 99. The driver was not injured, and stated that his vehicle had slid off the highway southbound due to the snowy/icy conditions. No signs of impairment. $2,500 estimated damage to the front end of the vehicle.
• Dec. 20, 5300-block Maple Cres.: Complainant reported a Craigslist fraud. The complainant stated she had arranged to purchase a PlayStation 5 for $300. The seller asked for a deposit of $50, which was sent via e-transfer. When the seller claimed he was on his way, he asked for the rest of the money and the complainant sent it, again via e-transfer. The seller failed to show up. Investigation to trace the e-transfer is still underway.
• Dec. 21, 2:50 p.m., 9300-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: A complainant reported a theft of a catalytic converter between Dec. 16 and 19. The vehicle is part of a company fleet and is kept in an isolated but open parking lot. No CCTV.
• Dec. 21, 3:40 p.m., 5500-block River Rd.: DPD received a report of a car down an embankment. Police and Delta Fire attended and got the driver out of the vehicle. The driver advised she drove over an icy patch on the road, lost control and drove off the road to the right. No injuries but approximately $1,000 in damage. No witnesses.
• Dec. 22, 7:54 a.m., 6300-block 64th St.: DPD received a report that a white Dodge Ram was stolen from a garage sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 7:10 a.m. on Dec. 22. The vehicle’s value is estimated at $55,000. Vehicle was added to CPIC as stolen. The stolen vehicle was later recovered in Maple Ridge after two men in ski masks were observed running away from the truck.
• Dec. 22, 12:34 p.m., Hopcott Road at River Road: DPD received a report of a multi-vehicle collision. A driver turned right onto to Hopcott from River Road and lost control of his car due to icy road conditions. He slid into the median and damaged his tire. A white van then struck his car. A white Ford F150 drove into a tow truck that was picking up the original car. Then, a black Mitsubishi Outlander rear-ended the cars. Photos obtained.
• Dec. 23, 8:11 p.m., Cascade Casinos Delta, 6005 Highway 17A: Cascade Casino security reported an intoxicated male driving a grey Mercedes around the parking lot and parking the vehicle in the underground. The male had been denied access to the casino due to intoxication and trying to sneak liquor into the establishment. Police attended and located the grey Mercedes with the engine running and the lights on. Police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety. Police detected a distinct odour of liquor emanating from the driver’s breath. An approved screening device demand was read but the driver refused to blow into the device. The driver was served a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment, and the vehicle was towed.
• Dec. 24, 11:22 p.m., 4800-block Delta St.: DPD received a report of a hit-and-run that occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. A grey Toyota Rav4 had been struck while legally parked. Police obtained photos of the damage. Suspect vehicle is not known.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• Dec. 19, 12:48 p.m., 5100-block 8A Ave.: Complainant reported that earlier in the day, at 12:21 a.m., three unknown suspects had cut down her Christmas lights and slashed a large snowman decoration on the side of her residence, causing approximately $200 in damage. CCTV video was obtained by police.
• Dec. 22, 5000-block Cedar Springs Blvd.: A man attended Delta Police HQ to report a suspicious occurrence in which a female approached his residence and was looking at packages on his front steps. His CCTV showed the incident occurred at around 1:05 p.m. on Dec. 21. The female appeared to see the camera, causing her to leave without taking any packages. Nothing was damaged or taken. Suspicious only.
• Dec. 23, 1:30 p.m., BC Ferries terminal, 1 Ferry Causeway: Complainant reported a theft of his “Steam Deck” handheld gaming device from onboard the Coastal Inspiration. The device was accidentally left on the ferry on Dec. 22. BC Ferries confirmed that the gaming device had not been turned in as lost property. Property valued at $1,000. No suspects or witnesses.
• Dec. 23, 1:40 p.m., BC Ferries terminal, 1 Ferry Causeway: Complainant reported her suitcase was stolen from the ferry terminal on Dec. 21 at around 10:40 p.m. It was a grey carry-on sized suitcase with $1,200 worth of personal items inside, including clothing, shoes, makeup and skincare products. BC Ferries staff reviewed CCTV and observed a female picking up the suitcase from the luggage retrieval area. The file is still under investigation for suspect identification.
• Dec. 23, 1:50 p.m., 5400-block 10th Ave.: Complainant reported that her credit card had been stolen. The complainant stated the card was last used at Walmart on Nov. 26. Since that date, it had been used in 67 fraudulent transactions. MasterCard required a police file number to begin their investigation and refund process. The file is still under investigation for suspect identification.
• Dec. 23, 7:20 p.m., Highway 17 at 52nd Street: Complainant called DPD to report that he had found a black wallet on the ground with approximately $400 spilling out onto the street. Police attended, collected the wallet and returned it to its rightful owner.
• Dec. 24, 2:37 p.m., Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported to police dispatch that his shopping bag containing gifts he purchased was gone after he placed it down while he was shopping. Tsawwassen Mills guest services located his bag and returned it to him.
• Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m., 1400-block 56th St.: The Delta Fire Department reported a group of four to six teenagers throwing snow/ice balls at vehicles. Police attended and located the youth on the southeast corner of 14B Avenue and 56th Street, who began to scatter upon seeing police. Police activated their emergency lights and the group fled on foot in separate directions. No damage to vehicles. Police conducted mobile and static patrols of the area and the issue appeared to be resolved.