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:
• Feb. 21, 5000-block Calvert Dr.: Complainant reported the theft, sometime overnight, of the catalytic converter from their vehicle parked in the driveway. Police attended and conducted a surveillance video canvass, which was negative.
• February 22, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had started receiving cheques to their bank account after applying for a job via an Instagram account. They were then directed to purchase gift cards and send them to the account. The complainant purchased $3,500 in gift cards before they discovered the cheques they had received were fraudulent. Police advised the complainant to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and notify the bank of the fraud.
• Feb. 24, 7000-block Highway 17: Police stopped a vehicle clocked by radar travelling at 134 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The driver was charged with driving at an excessive speed and given an immediate roadside suspension and speeding ticket. The vehicle was impounded.
• Feb. 25, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported being the victim of fraud via e-transfers on WhatsApp. Complainant received a call from someone pretending to be their daughter, requesting money to pay off a gambling debt. A total of six transfers were made for a large sum of money. Investigation to continue with the bank for details of the e-transfers.
• Feb. 25, 6500-block 68th St.: Complainant reported a van had been parked on their property for the last four days. Police investigated and found the vehicle was stolen from Vancouver. The vehicle was towed to a secure lot and stored. The incident is still under investigation pending the results of identification services.
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• Feb. 20, 1400-block Grove Pl.: Complainant reported a theft in progress of their unlocked vehicle. Two suspects were inside the vehicle but were scared away by the complainant. They were described as a male and female wearing black puffer-style jackets, black baseball caps and black medical masks. Nothing stolen from the vehicle. Police discussed a safety plan for future prevention.
• Feb. 20, 1300-block Enderby Ave.: Complainant reported a theft from their unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Surveillance video revealed two suspects entering the vehicle and stealing a $100 Leatherman tool from the center console. Police reviewed the surveillance video, which showed two suspects walking the street and pulling on vehicle door handles.
• Feb. 20, 1200-block Morris Cres.: Complainant reported they noticed their garage door open in the morning and on investigation found that, sometime overnight, their unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway had been entered and the garage opener stolen. Nothing was taken from the vehicle or garage.
• Feb. 20, 5800-block Whitcomb Pl.: Complainant reported that, sometime over the past three days, someone had entered their unlocked vehicle and stolen a pair of sunglasses and a key to a different vehicle. Cash and power tools were left untouched in the vehicle. Police canvass of the neighbourhood was negative for surveillance video or witnesses.
• Feb. 20, 1600-block 57th St.: Complainant reported their vehicle, parked at their residence, had been rummaged through sometime overnight. A black ThinkPad laptop and a black/green ski jacket, total value $2,500, were stolen. The vehicle may have been left unlocked as there was no damage. Canvas of the neighbourhood for surveillance video proved negative.
• Feb. 22, 1200-block 56th St.: A business reported two youth took canned drinks and put them in their pocket, and when asked if they were going to pay, grabbed a bag of baked goods and fled through the front door. The store identified one youth from a previous incident and asked for no charges, but requested police speak with the parents of the suspect.
• Feb. 23, 600-block English Bluff Rd.: Complainant reported their vehicle stolen from their residence. At the same time, the complainant’s spouse was in White Rock and had their vehicle broken into and a cellphone and vehicle registration stolen. They then returned to their residence and entered the home through an unlocked front door and found house keys, jewelry and a TV, worth a total of $15,000, stolen. The complainant has changed the house’s locks. The incidents are still under investigation.
• Feb. 25, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had begun a relationship with a person through WhatsApp, which lead to a request for money. Prior to the complainant realizing they were the victim of fraud, they had transferred a large sum of money in gift cards to the suspect. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the bank were also contacted by the complainant. Victim services were offered and accepted by the complainant.
• Feb. 26, 1100-block Ferguson Rd.: Complainant reported a theft, sometime overnight, from their vehicle left in their parking stall. No witnesses or surveillance video. Police discussed strategies with the complainant to prevent future incidents and they were advised to contact ICBC.
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