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:
• March 30, 10:58 a.m., 5000-block 53rd St.: Complainant called police to report he had observed a cougar climb up a tree. Police attended and observed the animal to be a cat, sitting in a bird’s nest. No police action required.
• March 31, 1:27 p.m., 6400-block Highway 99: Police observed a vehicle passing another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Once in front of the police vehicle, it began to increase its speed. Front radar locked the speed at 137 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. Police immediately initiated a traffic stop, the driver was charged with excessive speed and the vehicle was impounded.
• April 1, 4:15 p.m., 4200 Arthur Dr.: Police received a complaint that a porch pirate had stolen a package at from the complainant’s home earlier that day. Amazon had notified the residents that the package was delivered, but there was no package when he went to retrieve it. Amazon provided a refund to the complainant. There have been other package thefts in the area recently — the public is advised to take appropriate precautions.
• April 3, 2:45 a.m., 5700-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: Police observed a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. The driver was sitting inside the vehicle with the engine turned on and the keys in the ignition. The driver was eating a bag of family size Doritos. The driver exhibited signs of impairment such as glossy eyes, slow movement, slurred speech and slow reaction time. Police observed open liquor inside the vehicle and an odour of marijuana was also detected. The approved screening device demand was read, which resulted in a “pass.” A standardized field sobriety test demand was then read, but the driver refused to perform the test. The driver was issued a 24-hour prohibition and the vehicle was towed.
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• March 30, 7:51 a.m., location withheld: Complainant reported that a male had dropped a small box into a garbage can on the corner of a nearby park and believed the package may contain drugs. Police attended and spoke with the complainant, who believed the “drug dealers”’ had been leaving drugs in the garbage cans and the “users” had been retrieving the drugs. Police located the package in the garbage can and determined that the package was an empty hot dog container. Police updated the complainant with the outcome of the file, who was thankful for police attendance.
• March 30, 11:27 a.m., 1300-block 55th St.: Complainant reported that $20,000 had been placed into his bank account and that shortly after he received a phone call asking him to send the money to a bank in Thailand. The complainant advised that he spoke with a bank employee who stated that no money was missing from his account, and that they were aware to monitor his bank account for fraudulent transactions. The complainant advised police that he did not have the phone number from the caller requesting the money earlier in the day. The complainant was advised to change his banking passwords, monitor his bank account and block the numbers of suspected fraudulent callers. The complainant stated he did not provide any personal information over the phone. Police determined there was no financial loss and that the bank was aware to monitor the account.
• April 1, 2:43 p.m., 5400-block 5B Ave.: Complainant reported that a male came to her door offering window washing services and she was concerned that they may have been casing the neighbourhood. Police attended the area and located a van and trailer. Police spoke with the driver, who confirmed that he and his employee work for a window washing cleaning company. The driver was wearing a sweater with the company logo on it and showed police his business cards, along with the trailer which had window washing tools in the back. Police advised the driver to ensure he presents his business cards at the door to ensure the public is aware of the legitimacy of his business.
• April 3, 12:15 p.m., 5000 Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported that she witnessed a male pick up a seven-year-old boy and carry him to a vehicle before getting into the backseat. Police attended and met with a family associated to the vehicle. All was calm and there were no signs of duress. Police spoke with a member of the family who confirmed that the family was in the process of leaving the mall to get to a baseball practice and one of the children did not want to leave. Police confirmed the misunderstanding with the complainant, who admitted to not seeing the rest of the family at the time.
• April 4, 9:47 p.m., 5500-block 1st Ave.: Complainant reported that four to five teenagers were on his property and knocking on his front door before heading towards a nearby park. Police spoke with the complainant who indicated that someone had rung his door bell and that he had heard others on the side of his home before they ran off. Police made contact with a group of five youths who were nearby, and one of the male youths admitted to ringing door bells along the street. Police warned the group about their behavior and criminal trespassing at night. The youths were sent on their way and advised to go home.