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. 22, 4500-block Highway 17: Police received a report from a person indicating a group of youth had thrown ice/snow at their vehicle from the pedestrian overpass on the highway. Police attended and patrolled the area with negative results. Complainant advised there was no damage to their vehicle.
• Nov. 23, 4600-block 51st St.: A report was received that there was an intoxicated person in the library. Police attended and located the person, who was co-operative with police and able to care for themselves and walk out of the library. The person returned home safely and no further police action was required.
• Nov. 23, 6700-block London Dr.: Complainant reported a theft sometime over the past several days from their truck parked in front of their residence. The complainant believes they may have left the truck unlocked. Items stolen include hunting gear, shotgun shells, a pipe, tobacco and binoculars, with a total value of $1,500. A claim was submitted to ICBC.
• Nov. 25, Highway 17: A report was received from two parties whose vehicles had side swiped while travelling on the highway. Police attended and found both parties alleging the other had hit them. An inspection of the vehicles found scuff marks but no body damage. Both parties exchanged information in the presence of police.
• Nov. 26, Laburnum Park Place and 52A Street: A citizen located a jacket and purse and turned the items over to police. Police contacted the owner of the items, who claimed they were out drinking the prior evening and believed they had lost the items on the way home. Police confirmed no foul play had been involved and returned the items to the owner.
• Nov. 27, 3600-block Highway 17: While police were conducting laser speed enforcement, a minor rear-ender collision occurred. Damage to each vehicle was estimated at $7,500. It was determined by police that neither impairment nor speed were factors in the accident. The driver at fault was given a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for following too closely.
• Nov. 27, 5700-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: Police received a call from a person who indicated they needed help and then hung up. Police located the person, who indicated they had eaten and were now feeling better. A determination was made that the person was not suicidal and they were then transported to the home of a friend, who indicated they would look after the person.
• Nov. 27, 4900-block 52A St.: Complainant reported a group of teenagers were banging on the door and lighting fireworks in front of the house. Police attended and located a group on bicycles, who fled the scene. Extensive patrols of the area were conducted but no suspects were located.
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• Nov. 22, 5500-block 9th Ave.: The community centre reported the bathroom on the north side of the facility had been damaged by an unknown person. Police attended and found the soap dispenser had been ripped off the wall but no other damage. Video surveillance to be examined for possible identification of a suspect.
• Nov. 22, 5000-block Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported they had lost their wallet in a shop in the mall on Nov. 13. During the past week their debit card was used to make 58 fraudulent charges totaling $2,092. The wallet was found and returned to the complainant with ID and $60 cash. The incident is still under investigation for a review of bank statements and surveillance video.
• Nov. 23, Delta Police Department headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had been in contact online with a person for the past year. Recently, the complainant had attempted to transfer $10,000 in bitcoin to this person at their request, but the bank had flagged the transaction as suspicious and closed the account, and the funds were not transferred. The bank opened a new account in order to prevent the complainant’s personal information from being compromised. Police advised the complainant, who realized the situation was fraudulent, to block their email and cease communicating with the suspect.
• Nov. 25, 200-block Centennial Pky.: Complainant reported a loud house party in the area. Police attended and spoke to the homeowner, who apologized and turned the music down. The party was concluded a short time later without any further complaints.
• Nov. 28, 1 Ferry Causeway: BC Ferries reported that a passenger had abandoned their U-Haul truck on the ferry deck. Police attended, found the truck and had it towed from the scene. Police contacted the rentee, as identified by U-Haul, who claimed they left the truck as it would not start. The rentee was advised to call U-Haul and provide them with the police file number.
• Nov. 28, 1200-block 56th St.: A report was received from a person who said that they had been assaulted and were bleeding. Police attended and determined the person had not been injured and an assault had not occurred, rather the person was hallucinating as a result of taking a larger than usual amount of speed and meth. The person was taken to hospital for ongoing care.