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:
• Oct. 18, 8:22 p.m., 4700-block Cedar Tree Lane: Police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety after noting erratic driving behaviour. An odour of liquor was detected on the driver’s breath, alongside slowed motor skills, and the driver was directed to provide a breath sample which resulted in a “fail.” After a second “fail,” police issued the driver a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and impounded the vehicle for 30 days.
• Oct. 19, 12:30 a.m., 4900-block McNeelys Way: Police were dispatched to a reported theft from a vehicle in a parking lot. The driver advised they had left their wallet in the car with the windows rolled down while at the dog park. The driver was reminded not to leave valuables in a vehicle parked for any period of time. No suspects, witnesses or video in the area at the time of theft.
• Oct. 21, 7:29 p.m., 2600-block River Rd.: Police were dispatched to assist duck hunters lost in the marsh near Brunswick Point. The complainants were new to hunting and unable to swim, noting the tide was rising and they were unable to make it across. Police attended and were able to locate the two hunters and direct them to safety.
• Oct. 23, 11:50 p.m., 2300-block Highway 17: Police conducted a traffic stop and, upon identifying the driver, found them to have a warrant out for their arrest from a neighbouring jurisdiction. The driver was arrested without issue and transported to DPD headquarters for processing before being released with a court appearance notice and two violation tickets.
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• Oct. 17, 5:08 p.m., Wallace Avenue: Police were dispatched to a reported mischief after a rock had been thrown through a window of the complainant’s home. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Police canvassed the neighbourhood but there were no witnesses to the event.
• Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., 5200-block Wallace Ave.: Police were dispatched to a reported Facebook Marketplace scam. The complainant advised they had pre-purchased an item for $500, with pickup arranged in another jurisdiction, but the seller didn’t show. Efforts were made by the buyer to follow up with the seller with negative results, and thus a police file number was needed to reverse the e-transfer.
• Oct. 19, 10:58 a.m., 4900-block Highway 17: Police observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed — 135 km/h in an 80 km/h zone — and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed, which also carries a seven-day vehicle impound.
• Oct. 19, 3:43 p.m., 1200-block 56th St.: An anonymous caller reported that a local establishment was not checking vaccination status upon entry. Police spoke with the owner, who refuted the claim, and advised that customers ordering takeout are not required to show proof of vaccination, which may explain the tip to police.
• Oct. 20, 2:26 a.m., 1300-block 56th St.: Police were dispatched to a suspected break-and-enter into a businesses below the complainant’s condo unit after observing someone with a ladder. Upon arrival, police observed a crew putting up lights around the businesses and were advised they had been contracted to do so that morning. Police updated the caller, who was relieved and appreciative.
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