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:
• June 7, 11:50 a.m., 5700-block Deltaport Way: Delta Police commercial vehicle enforcement officers stopped a truck for inspection. The driver failed to produce a valid driver’s licence and the officers discovered that the driver was serving a three-month driving prohibition.
• June 7, 1:23 p.m., 5000-block 44th Ave.: Complainant reported that their child found a bike in the bushes at Ladner Elementary School sometime on June 2. The found BMX bike was not registered with Garage 529 and has been logged in temporary exhibits at DPD headquarters.
• June 8, 6:00 p.m., 4000-block 44B Ave.: Complainant reported that sometime between June 7 and 8 there was suspicious vandalism/mischief done to their truck that had been parked on their driveway. A portion of the front bumper appears to have been melted by heat or chemicals.
• June 10, 10:13 a.m., location withheld: Complainant called Delta police to report that they had willingly sent $3,000 over a Bitcoin scam seen on Instagram. Complaint advised that their friend’s hacked Instagram account had led them to believe the scam was legitimate and they had sent two payments totaling $3,000 to the fraudulent account before becoming suspicious. The bank has been able to recover $1,000 so far. Complainant has been advised to sign up for a credit monitoring service if concerned about personal information shared with the scammer.
• June 10, 12:59 p.m., location withheld: Complainant reported that an unknown suspect had used their name to apply for a credit card and had unsuccessfully attempted to get the complainant’s mail forwarded to an unauthorized address. Complainant realized that the fraud had occurred when the card they had not applied for arrived in the mail.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• June 6, 2:02 p.m., 800-block Gale Dr.: Complainant reported that items were stolen from their vehicle while it was parked in front of their residence four days earlier. Items stolen include a black backpack containing a passport, visa and two sets of ear buds. A dealer plate was also stolen. Total value of the items stolen was $480. The dealer plate has been added to CPIC as stolen.
• June 9, 4:17 p.m.: Complainant called police to report an email scam between them and a local business. Complainant received an invoice via email and responded asking if a cheque or e-transfer was preferred. They were then given a different email address. The e-transfer was declined and the complainant had to try three times to e-transfer to the original email address before it went through. Complainant advised police that they are hoping to have the money refunded.
• June 12, 12:47 a.m., 800-block Underhill Dr.: Complainant reported a theft of $20 sunglasses from a vehicle. An unknown male was seen rifling through the vehicle and was last seen riding away on a bike eastbound down 8A Avenue. Vehicle was unlocked at the time.
• June 12, 7:09 p.m., BC Ferries long term parking lot: Complainant reported that their catalytic converter was cut off and stolen while parked sometime between noon on June 11 and 5 p.m. on June 12. Complainant noticed it was missing after turning on the vehicle and hearing an unusual sound.
• June 12, 8:16 p.m., 100-block Graham Dr.: A Delta bylaw officer reported locating a stolen Nissan Maxima. Police attended and saw that the vehicle had been left unlocked in the middle of the road with the keys on the driver’s seat. Police were then approached by a witness who advised that at approximately 11 a.m. that day they witnessed the vehicle speed down the street, park in the middle of the road and then a lone male exit the vehicle and run towards the beach. Police observed no apparent new damage to the vehicle. They had the vehicle towed and advised the registered owner of the recovery.
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