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. 1, 5300-block Aspen Way: Complainant reported they had given their driver’s licence number over the phone to a person posing as a Telus employee before realizing the call was fraudulent. Police advised the complainant to report the incident to ICBC and Equifax. Information was given to the complainant regarding the sophistication of today’s scams.
• Feb. 2, 5500-block of Maple Crescent: A late report was received from a complainant that they had received a call from someone impersonating a Telus employee. Before the complainant realized the call was fraudulent they gave the caller their driver’s licence number, address and email address. Equifax was informed of the fraud. Complainant was advised to be vigilant of any suspicious activity in their personal bank accounts.
• Feb. 2, 5100-block 56th St.: The City of Delta reported a vehicle had driven across the field and baseball diamonds at Hawthorne Park sometime overnight. Police attended and noted the damage, which is approximately $5,000. The incident is still under investigation pending receipt of surveillance video from the nearby elementary school.
• Feb. 3, 4800-block Elliot St.: A report was received that two males were breaking into the back of a business. Police arrived and located the suspects, who were arrested and identified. An examination of surveillance video confirmed one of the males inside the store stealing two e-bikes. Both males were transported to Surrey cells. The two bikes, valued at $6,000, were recovered.
• Feb. 3, 3600-block Highway 17: A vehicle, travelling at 133 km/h in an 80 km/h zone, was stopped by police. The driver was charged with driving at an excessive speed, served with a ticket, and the was vehicle impounded. The driver left the area in an arranged ride.
• Feb. 3, 4900-block Chisholm St.: Complainant reported they had entered a business and left their purse containing $375 on a chair. When they went to leave 10 minutes later, they found the purse was missing. Police attended but an examination of surveillance video did not reveal the theft. Investigation to continue with the examination of surveillance video from a neighbouring business.
• Feb. 4, 3600-block Highway 17: While conducting a stationary laser enforcement, police observed a vehicle travelling at a speed of 174 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. The driver was stopped and queries revealed they had other driving-related violations. The driver was charged with driving at an excessive speed and the vehicle was impounded. The driver left the area via Uber.
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• Jan. 30, 1600-block 56th St.: Complaint reported that their vehicle, parked in the lane, had the door lock and ignition tampered with sometime overnight. The vehicle was unable to be stolen as the complainant had installed a kill-switch. Approximate damage to the vehicle was $500. No surveillance video or witnesses located.
• Jan. 31, 4900-block Canoe Pass Way: During a proactive patrol in an unmarked vehicle, police observed a person exit the liquor store and drive away in their vehicle, which failed to make a complete stop or signal as they left the parking lot. Suspicion was formed regarding the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle and as a result the driver was stopped and made to provide two breath samples, which both read “fail.” A 30-day driving prohibition and a violation ticket were issued. The vehicle was impounded and the driver left the scene in a taxi.
• Feb. 1, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant attended police headquarters to report they had been the victim of the “grandchild in custody” scam. The complainant had provided the suspects with a large sum of money before the complainant realized they were the victim of fraud. Police accompanied the complainant when they were delivering the rest of the required money to the suspects in order to make an arrest, but the suspects did not show up.
• Feb. 2, 4900-block Canoe Pass Way: A business reported that a male and female had entered the store, selected a bottle of vodka and then fled from the store without making payment. Patrol of the area by police proved negative. Investigation to continue upon receipt of surveillance video.
• Feb. 3, 1 Ferry Causeway: Complainant reported their duffle bag was stolen from the ferry luggage collection area. The bag is described as grey and contained a large tarp, two snorkeling sets, various camping gear and clothing, with a total value of $1,200. Police contacted ferry security in order to obtain surveillance video.
• Feb. 5, Point Roberts Border Crossing: Canada Customs contacted police indicating they were holding an impaired driver. Police attended and the driver provided two breath samples, with both reading “fail.” The driver was given a 90-day immediate roadside suspension, a vehicle ticket and the vehicle was impounded. The driver was transported to their residence.
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