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:
• May 17, 3:59 p.m., 5900-block 48A Ave.: Complainant reported two young males riding a dirt bike on the road. Upon arrival, police did not observe any dirt bikes being ridden, yet noticed that a garage door was open with a dirt bike sitting in the garage on a stand. Both males were co-operative and admitted to riding the bike on the road out front of his house only for a second as it was newly bought. Police warned both males of the fines that could be issued for not having a valid driver’s licence and not having proper insurance or registration.
• May 18, 4:03 a.m., 6000-block Brodie Rd.: Police were conducting proactive patrols and observed a vehicle travelling approximately 30 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, repeatedly tapping the brakes. Police conducted a traffic stop and detected a faint odour of liquor despite the driver wearing a mask on his face, and noticed that his hands were quite shaky. When the driver produced his insurance documents, he attempted to read them upside down for approximately five seconds. Police read the driver an approved screening device demand and the driver produced two samples, both resulting in a “fail.” The driver was given an immediate roadside prohibition and a vehicle impoundment.
• May 21, 9:56 a.m., 3500-block Highway 17A: While conducting proactive patrols, police observed a vehicle with a licence plate that had a yellow decal, which police knew expired in 2020. Police queried the vehicle and it came back as having inactive insurance which expired on Oct. 7, 2020. Police conducted a traffic stop and the driver stated that this was the second time that he has been stopped for driving without insurance. Police warned the driver that driving without insurance was an arrestable offence. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and the vehicle was towed.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• May 17, 9:00 a.m., 1300-block Beach Grove Rd.: Complainant reported a female driver who was aggressively tailgating them in their vehicle. Police spoke to the complainant, who stated that she had pulled in front of the other driver thinking that she had enough room. The other driver began following closely then immediately attempted to take another route to avoid them. As there are limited exits throughout the area, the other driver ended up driving behind the complainant again. The complainant therefore believed that she was being followed. The other driver was apologetic and while initially annoyed that she had been cut off by the complainant, she advised police that she didn’t realize she was following so closely and that she would be more aware going forward. Police updated the complainant, who was thankful for police calming her down following what felt was a “frightening incident.”
• May 20, 10:09 a.m., 5000-block Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported that a male had pushed her at a store within the nearby mall. Police attended the store and spoke with the manager. A review of the video surveillance determined there was a race by both parties to a discount merchandise table when the store opened, where the two parties collided more than once while hurriedly reaching for items. It was determined that the male did not intend to push the complainant and that his larger stature had contributed to the impact with the complainant. Police cautioned the male on the inappropriate shopping behaviour and advised him to avoid the complainant if seen shopping in the future. The male was apologetic to police and the complainant. Police were advised by the store manager that the rush was a daily occurrence and advised mall security.
• May 20, 3:06 p.m., 200-block 67A St.: Complainant reported two males riding dirt bikes in the in the area. Police located the males and advised them that they are not allowed to ride their dirt bikes on public roadways unless they are insured. The males advised they would walk their bikes to the dirt bike path nearby from then on.
• May 20, 8:38 p.m., 40 Tsawwassen Beach Rd: Complainant reported that a group of teenagers had jumped over a locked fence in order to use a beach access walkway next to the road. Police attended and spoke with the complainant who advised that this is an ongoing issue as the walkway is owned by the strata company, and only members under the strata have access to it. Police located a group of approximately 25 teenagers on the beach at the bottom of the pathway, who denied using the pathway. Police warned the group not to trespass as the walkway was private property. The group of teens was receptive to police direction and vacated the area without incident.