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:
• Jan. 12, 1:50 p.m., 5200-block Booth Rd.: Complainant reported someone had attempted to break and enter his vehicle sometime overnight. The rear driver’s side window was smashed thus the vehicle alarm activated, causing the suspect(s) to leave. Nothing was taken from his vehicle.
• Jan. 12, 4:15 p.m., 5300-block Chamberlayne Ave.: Complainant reported her unlocked vehicle had been entered overnight while parked in her driveway and a backpack with baby items had been stolen. Items were located nearby and the property was returned to the grateful owner.
• Jan. 14, 7:42 a.m., 4700-block 57th St.: A report was received of tools being stolen from a work vehicle while parked at a residence. No point of entry was identified as vehicle was left unlocked. A Husky tool bag, Makita drill, DeWalt drill bits, Husky rubber mallet, Stanley level, drill batteries, DeWalt shoulder bag and a gas card were taken. Total estimated value of tools is $1,500.
• Jan. 14, 8:56 a.m., 4600-block 51st St.: Police attended for a late report of vandalism — spray paint on school walls. Paint was washable and did not cause damage. Youth representing the Grad 2020 class spoken to and will be dealt with further by the school administration.
• Jan. 14, 11:01 a.m., 3100-block Highway 17: While driving in an 80 km/h zone in icy road conditions with light snow falling, a Delta police officer observed a Dodge Caravan approaching at a high rate of speed, estimated to be 130 km/h. Radar was activated and the van’s speed was confirmed at 124 km/h. The vehicle was stopped and driver charged with excessive speeding under the Motor Vehicle Act and issued an electronic violation ticket in addition to a notice of impoundment. Vehicle was towed and the driver left the scene in a taxi.
• Jan. 14, 4:06 p.m., 5800-block Fair Wynd: Complainant reported a credit card fraud. She stated $900 was charged to her card mid December with Amazon, however the card was not stolen or lost. The bank notified the complainant of suspicious activity, refunded the amount and cancelled the card. Equifax and Trans Union have been notified and she has also added extra security measures through the bank.
• Jan. 12, 9:18 p.m., 1000-block Jackson Way: Police attended a reported theft of a garbage can lid which was last seen at 3:30 p.m. outside a woman’s residence. She believed the lid to be stolen as the bin itself remained in its original position unmoved by the wind and no signs of animals were observed within close proximity. Upon arrival, the officer located the lid under a thin layer of snow on the front lawn approximately 5 metres from the bin. Complainant was elated to have it back and was thankful for the police response.
• Jan. 13, 7:01 p.m., 5000 Canoe Pass Way: An employee from a business reported a theft in progress. An unknown male entered the store and selected multiple items before making his way to the rear of the store and leaving through the emergency exit. Some items were recovered on scene and the total value of the goods taken was $239.
• Jan. 13, 7:51 p.m., 1300-block 56th St.: A vehicle was observed travelling with a faulty front driver’s side wheel. A vehicle stop was conducted and the officer noted a distinct smell of liquor on the driver’s breath. The approved screening device demand was read and both tests resulted in a “fail.” Driver was served an immediate roadside prohibition and vehicle impoundment documents, which he indicated he understood. The vehicle was towed and police gave the driver a ride home without issue.
• Jan. 18, 8:04 a.m., 4900-block 10A Ave.: Complainant reported his insecure carport and vehicle were broken into sometime overnight. A PSL laser was stolen from his vehicle, while an unlocked storage area was entered and a Poulan chainsaw and Eco leaf blower were taken. Complainant went through the storage area and drove vehicle to work and back before making a report, so forensics was not called out.
• Jan. 18, 4:14 p.m., 1200-block 56th St.: Store staff reported an unknown male stole two 1.14-litre bottles of vodka. Police checked the area but he was gone on arrival.