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. 27, 5200-block 57A St.: Complainant reported, sometime overnight, the theft of the catalytic converter from their vehicle parked on roadway in front of residence. Investigation revealed complainant had heard noise from outside residence around 5:30 a.m. Extensive CCTV canvass revealed a dark-coloured four-door sedan stopping near the complainant’s residence and leaving shortly after. No clear CCTV footage for positive identification at this time.
• March 1, 5500-block Maple Cres.: Complainant attended police headquarters to report the catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle while parked in the driveway. Complainant said they heard noise from outside the residence and observed a male running from the driveway and entering a dull-coloured sedan. No surveillance video or witnesses.
• March 2, 6500-block Highway 17: Police stopped a vehicle clocked by radar travelling at 126 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The driver was charged with driving at an excessive speed. Vehicle towed and impounded.
• March 2, Nordel Truck Park, Highway 17: A commercial vehicle towing flat deck trailers was observed exiting the truck park in the wrong direction. Vehicle was stopped for a roadside inspection as obvious defects were observed. The inspection resulted in 22 overall defects. All licence plates were removed and seized by police for return to the vehicle’s owner in Alberta, and the owner was issued multiple tickets for violations. The vehicle and trailers were towed to a repair facility.
• March 2, Highway 99 onramp northbound at Highway 91: Police observed a vehicle making several lane changes, passing “slower” vehicles at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked by radar travelling at 156 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The driver was charged with driving at excessive speed and their vehicle was impounded.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• Feb. 27, 1700-block 56th St.: Complainant reported the theft of the catalytic converter from their vehicle parked in a parking stall at their apartment complex. The theft occurred sometime overnight on Feb. 25. Complainant stated this was the second time in six weeks the catalytic converter had been stolen from the vehicle in the parking stall. No CCTV located in the area and no known witnesses.
• Feb. 27, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported receiving a pop-up screen on their home computer stating their internet had been compromised and to call a phone number. Complainant called number and spoke with a man who took control of the computer and attempted to withdraw money, asking the complainant to cash out all their accounts. Complainant turned off computer and attended their bank to put safeguards in place to prevent withdrawals from the accounts.
• Feb. 27, 1100-block Ferguson Road: Complainant reported the catalytic converter stolen from their vehicle parked in a parking stall at their apartment complex. Complainant discovered the catalytic converter was stolen when they tried to start the vehicle. Police requested to review of surveillance footage for suspects.
• March 1, 5000-block Springs Blvd.: Complainant reported a break-and-enter into an apartment complex on Feb. 23. Resident advised that a package was missing from the lobby after receiving confirmation of delivery. CCTV footage revealed a male with a slim build, goatee and glasses breaking into the building, stealing a package and leaving. Complainant was notified by another resident that the suspect was witnessed entering a vehicle and leaving the area. The vehicle’s license plate was provided to police.
• March 1, DPD headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported being a victim of fraud. Complainant reported receiving a phone call from an unknown male saying an iPhone had been purchased with the complainant’s credit card. Complainant was instructed to purchase gift cards and send pictures of the receipts to the unknown male caller from multiple businesses. Complainant was alerted to the fraud by one of the store’s employees. Complainant then ceased all communications and cancelled their credit card and is working with the credit card company for a refund.
• March 4, 5100-block Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported a theft in progress from a local business. Suspect was observed concealing many miscellaneous items and then leaving the business. The suspect returned most of the items once confronted. The suspect was identified and arrested by police. Complainant was not interested in pursuing charges, and the suspect was released without charges.
• March 5, 4800-block Dogwood Dr.: Complainant reported finding a discarded duffle bag and package on the side of the road. It was identified as belonging to a neighbour. Upon returning the property to its owner, it was discovered the unlocked vehicles of two neighbours had been rummaged through, though it did not appear that anything was missing. Police canvass of the neighborhood was negative for surveillance video or witnesses.
• March 5, 400 Block English Bluff Rd.: Complainant reported a theft from an unlocked vehicle parked on the road. Approximately $40 in cash and a charging block were stolen. No CCTV footage in the area.
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