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 4, 12:08 p.m., 3600-block Highway 17: Police observed a motorcycle approaching from behind the police car in lane one at a high rate of speed. Rear radar confirmed the motorcycle’s speed at 143 km/h in the posted 90 km/h zone. The driver was served an excessive speed violation ticket and a notice of impoundment.
• May 5, 8:09 a.m., 6000-block Ferry Rd.: A request was received for police to seize expired flares that were found on a newly purchased boat. Police attended and seized 38 expired flares for destruction.
• May 6, 6:07 p.m., Holly Park: A City of Delta parks ambassador reported four unknown males drinking on the park benches of Holly Park. Police attended but could not locate the males. Area patrols were negative.
• May 7, 3:10 p.m., 5000-block Grove Ave.: A caller alerted police to a group of teenagers partying, yelling and drinking in a backyard. Police arrived to speak with the homeowner, who stated that her daughter was having a birthday party. All members of the party were adhering to physical distancing recommendations and agreed to keep the noise to a respectable level in the future.
• May 7, 6:29 p.m., Highway 99/George Massey Tunnel: Delta Fire Department reported to police debris on Highway 99. Works called prior to police attendance to clear off debris.
• May 8, 11:05 p.m., 57th Street and Ladner Trunk Road: Delta police officer conducted a routine traffic stop and detected an odour of liquor on the breath of the driver. The driver admitted to consuming two beer one hour ago. The officer administered the approved screening device, to which the driver blew a “fail.” The driver was served a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the car was impounded.
• May 10, 11:21 a.m., 4000-block Elliott St.: A Delta police officer was waived down by a pedestrian for a dog that was visibly panting in the backseat of a vehicle. A query of the plate provided the officer the cell phone number of the registered owner of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was contacted, attended and turned the vehicle’s air conditioning to cool the dog down. The owner of the vehicle (and dog) apologized and advised that he would be more careful in the future.
• May 4, 7:42 p.m., Boundary Bay Park: Complainant called police to report that she lost her purse while walking from Boundary Bay Park to her home. The complainant re-traced her steps but was unable to locate the purse. Delta police also drove the route but were unable to find the purse. Complainant was advised to cancel her credit card.
• May 7, 7:17 p.m., Fred Gingell Park: Complainant reported multiple parties drinking at the closed beach. Police attended and located four females who had jumped the closed and locked gate, who were taking photos and drinking open liquor. The alcohol was disposed of and the women were escorted out of the park. The designated driver did not have a driver’s licence present, so two females left the park in a cab, while the other two were picked up by family.
• May 9, 8:56 p.m., Beach Grove Road and 17A Avenue: Complainant reported to the Delta Fire Department that there were a couple of fires roaring on the beach. DFD reported the incident to police, who attended and located a group of individuals properly practicing physical distancing guidelines, with a couple of small fires. Police advised the group that fires were against Delta’s bylaws. The group extinguished the fires without incident and vacated the area.
• May 10, 10:44 p.m., English Bluff Elementary School: Complainant reported hearing a group of people at English Bluff Elementary being loud, and wasn’t sure if they were fighting. Police attended and located a group of youth practicing physical distancing. Open and empty containers of alcohol were located in the area, but no signs of intoxication or odour of alcohol on the youths. The youths advised police that they were getting together as it had been awhile since they hung out. Youth were polite when dealing with police.