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, 5:30 a.m., Delta Police Department headquarters: Delta police conducted pre-check inspection of police car. A small amount of money was found in the prisoner compartment. The money was lodged in exhibits.
• June 8, 9:55 p.m., 3100-block 34th St.: Complainant called police to report a small bonfire. Police attended and spoke with a group of people who were having a small fire in the open area. The group was co-operative with police and put the fire out without issues.
• June 10, 6:28 a.m., 4000-block London Cres.: Complainant reported his truck being broken into overnight while parked in his driveway. The rear passenger window was smashed, and a hedge trimmer and leaf blower were stolen, valued at approximately $1,500.
• June 10, 6:30 a.m., 9000-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: Complainant reported that between 12:30 and 6:30 a.m., an unknown person entered and rummaged through two vehicles that were unlocked. The unknown person located the spare keys for a third car, where a wallet containing personal and work credit cards, driver’s licence and birth certificate, a drill and loose change were stolen. While cancelling the credit cards, the complainant reported that one of the credit cards had been used at multiple locations. Complainant was advised to contact the credit card company and provide police with the address and information of where the cards were used.
• June 11, 10:50 a.m., 3300-block Highway 17: Delta police stopped a dump truck as it was unable to maintain highway speeds. A mechanical inspection was conducted and found serious defects on both the truck and the trailer (cracked draw bar, invalid safety certificate, steer tire). A Notice and Order Box 1 was placed on the trailer, the licence plate was seized and returned to ICBC. Both the truck and trailer were towed to the location of the driver’s choice.
• June 8, 11:45 a.m., 1300-block 56th St.: Police conducted a traffic stop. A query of the driver revealed that he was prohibited from driving. The driver was arrested, chartered and warned for driving while prohibited under section 95 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Driver was issued a violation ticket, an appearance notice, and his vehicle was towed.
• June 8, 6:44 p.m., 4000-block 2nd Ave.: Complainant reported that a package that was delivered to his residence was stolen at approximately 3:30 p.m. Porch pirates are alive and well in Delta. Please report any suspicious activity to the Delta Police Department.
• June 9, 9:31 a.m., Beach Grove Road and 16th Avenue: Complainant contacted police to advise that she had lost her driver’s licence and credit card. She stated that she had the items in her pocket and that they may have fallen out.
• June 9, 1:28 p.m., Beach Grove Road and 12th Avenue: Police were contacted regarding property that was found near the dog park at Beach Grove Road and 12th Avenue. Police attended to receive the property — a driver’s licence and credit card. The property was returned to the owner.
• June 10, 9:23 a.m., 5000-block 3rd Ave.: Complainant contacted police to advise that her unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through overnight. Two Nexus cards were missing, but nothing of monetary value was taken. A reminder that theft from auto is a crime of opportunity — do not give thieves the opportunity.
• June 11, 11:18 a.m., 2400-block Highway 17, between Highway 17A and 56th Street: While merging at Highway 17A in lane #2, a DPD officer was passed in the #1 lane at a high rate of speed. Front radar locked the speed at 132 km/h in the posted 80 km/h zone. A traffic was stop conducted, and the driver was charged with excessive speed and her vehicle was impounded.
• June 13, 12:42 p.m., 56th Street and 12th Avenue: Delta police initiated a traffic stop to check the sobriety of a driver who was not wearing his seat belt, did not signal and failed to stop for a red light. An odour of liquor was detected from the driver. The driver was administered the alcohol screening device, which read a “fail.” The driver was served a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and had his car impounded. The driver chose to walk home.