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:
• Nov. 16, 9:46 p.m., Ladner Trunk Road and Highway 17A: Police located a single motor vehicle incident. Witness stated that the vehicle was travelling on the highway and took the exit at a high rate of speed, losing control of the vehicle. This resulted in the vehicle crossing the center median and coming to a complete stop in a nearby field. The airbags had deployed and the driver received a minor injury. An approved screening device demand was read, which resulted in the driver blowing a fail. The male requested a second test which resulted in another fail. A 90-day immediate roadside prohibition was issued and the vehicle was towed.
• Nov. 17, 11:27 a.m., 2500-block Westham Island Rd.: Complainant called police reporting that his friend was in a small boat fishing when the wind carried his boat to a muddy area, resulting in it getting stuck. Police attended and located the male on a small island. Through the use of a translator the male stated he was uninjured and his boat undamaged, but he was unable to dislodge it from the mud. The drone was deployed to maintain visual on the male and to check his well-being while he was stuck. The Coast Guard was called and, while en route, the male was able to push his boat out of the mud and safely make it to shore.
• Nov. 17, 11:51 a.m., 4800-block Ellis Lane: Complainant called to report seeing the front door at a local residence open and damaged. The complainant indicated that the residents did not appear to be home. Police attended and found the front door open with a broken door handle. Police cleared the residence and found the home vacant. Police contacted the tenant by phone and the tenant informed police that he was in the process of moving out with his family. The tenant indicated the front door was having issues and the strong wind likely blew it open. Police secured the residence for the tenant and informed him to check on the house as soon as possible.
• Nov. 20, 2:13 p.m., Boundary Bay Dyke and 72nd Street: Complainant reported a male camping in the bushes. The complainant was running by when she heard the male yelling “nonsensical things.” Police attended and spoke to the male, who advised he is currently biking across Canada. The male stated that he would be continuing on in his travels within the next few hours.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• Nov. 17, 1:19 p.m., 5500-block 9th Ave.: Complainant called police to report a male setting up a tent who appeared to be camping in a park. The male stated he was from out of town to visit friends and would be returning in a couple days. Police advised the male that camping in a municipal park is against bylaws. Police provided information to the male regarding nearby shelters and camping at the nearby trailer park. The male was very co-operative with police and stated he would gather his belongings and find other accommodations.
• Nov. 20, 2:44 p.m., 5700-block 16A Ave.: Complainant reported receiving a fraudulent automated phone call advising that her social insurance number had been used in another province. The recording requested that the complainant provide her address and the last three numbers of her social insurance number. The call ended as soon as the complainant provided the requested information. Police followed up with the complainant and found that the fraud was not completed. Police spoke to the complainant about current scams and advised her to report these matters to the appropriate sources out of an abundance of caution.
• Nov. 20, 11:31 p.m., 5000-block Canoe Pass Way: Mall security reported that the driver of a semi-tractor trailer was refusing to move despite no overnight parking. Police attended and met with the driver. The driver was co-operative and explained that he had parked in the parking lot before without issue. Further, the driver was now unable to move his tractor without violating his electronic and hand written logs after a long haul. Police advised that a precedent could not be set for other long haul trucks to park in the parking lot and that he would no longer be allowed to park overnight in the future. The driver was apologetic and agreed to move prior to the mall opening the next day.
• Nov. 22, 2:14 p.m., 1800-block 56th St.: A store manager reported a theft had occurred from his store when an employee reported that she believed a male had stolen perfume. The manager checked video surveillance, confirmed the theft and called police. The male was located by police at a nearby restaurant a short time later. The perfume was recovered and the other stolen property was returned to the store.
• Nov. 22, 5:56 p.m., 5000-block Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported that his vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of a mall. The complainant advised police that when he exited the mall his vehicle was not where he had parked it. Upon police arrival, the complainant confirmed he had contacted security who were able to find where the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was confirmed not stolen, just parked in different part of the parking lot. The complainant was extremely apologetic.