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 8, 7:18 a.m., 4600-block 55A St.: Complainant reported the rear window of their vehicle was smashed overnight, and a high-end jacket was stolen. Total value of damage and theft is $800.
• March 8, 1:55 p.m., 4700-block 55B St.: Complainant reported the contents of his centre console was on his front passenger seat. Nothing appeared to have been taken and no damage was done to the vehicle. It’s believed the vehicle had been left unlocked.
• March 8, 2:41 p.m., 5300-block Windjammer Rd.: Complainant reported that his unlocked vehicle had been entered overnight. The garage door opener was missing from his vehicle and the garage wide open. Numerous tools were taken from the garage. Estimated loss: $600
• March 9, 9:09 p.m., 4600-block Clarence Taylor Cres.: Police were dispatched to a reported theft where a suspect had possibly entered a change room that was left unlocked. Wallets and keys with a value of approximately $200 were reported missing.
• March 10, 5:57 a.m., 4800-block 55B St.: Complainant reported that her locked vehicle was broken into sometime overnight while parked in the underground parking lot at her residence. Police attended and noted the driver’s side rear window was smashed to gain entry. A jacket worth approximately $300 was stolen. No signs of forced entry to the underground parkade.
• March 10, 6:34 a.m., 5800-block 51st Ave.: Complainant reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle overnight and stolen two wallets that were left inside. The wallets contained multiple cards. Police advised complainant to cancel all cards and to contact Equifax to assist with any further fraud detection.
Delta police encourage residents to make the 9 p.m. check a part of their daily routine — make a habit of checking before you go to sleep to ensure you have not left anything in plain sight in your vehicle.
• March 10, 10:01 a.m., 4400-block 44B Ave.: Police received a report of theft of items from an unlocked garden shed. Investigation revealed unknown person(s) entered the shed and stole a tool box with assorted hand tools, a circular saw, tubes of caulking and a hammer drill. Approximate value of items is $1,000.
• March 14, 2:42 a.m., 5800-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: Police conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle was observed hitting the curb a few times. The officer detected a strong odour of liquor coming from the breath of the driver as they spoke. The driver was administered the approved screening device, to which they blew a “fail” both the first and second time. The driver was served a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded. The driver left in a taxi.
• March 14, 2:12 p.m., 1200-block 49th St.: Complainant reported her bike was stolen sometime between March 1-14. It was the only one stolen out of several bikes stored in her back yard. The yard is fenced, but this particular bike was left unlocked and leaning against the house. She was advised to secure other bikes and to register them with the Garage 529 program.
• March 8, 11:00 a.m., 900-block 57th St.: Police attended a late report of a theft from auto. Someone gained entry to the complainant’s vehicle through the unlocked passenger side door. No damage was observed, and the only item taken was a 20-year-old can of bear spray.
• March 9, 9:48 a.m., 5000-block 12th Ave.: Complainant reported that the catalytic converter of their school bus was stolen over the weekend.
• March 11, 12:38 a.m., 1400-block 56th St.: A Delta police officer observed a male and a female exit a pub and upon a query of their vehicle, the male was determined to have conditions of no possession/consume of alcohol/drugs. A traffic stop was conducted and there was a distinct odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver was administered the approved screening device to which he blew a “warn.” Driver was issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition and a three-day vehicle impoundment. Both the driver and passenger elected to walk away from scene and the vehicle was impounded.
• March 12, 11:13 a.m., 5200-block 2nd Ave.: Complainant called Delta police to report she had been a victim of an iTunes gift card email scam worth $300. She had received an email from an acquaintance who was asking for money to help her niece. The complainant purchased $300 in iTunes gift cards and sent photos of bar codes to the person she thought was her acquaintance. She then followed up with the real friend, who immediately advised it was a scam.