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:
• Sept. 1, 9:29 p.m., 6000-block Brodie Rd.: Complainant contacted police to report a stolen bike. Shortly after the call, police noted a Facebook community post where someone indicated they found an abandoned bike matching the description provided by the complainant. Police facilitated the collection and return of the bike. The complainant was advised to purchase a bike lock.
• Sept. 5, 11:44 p.m., 44B Avenue and 48B Street: Complainant reported hearing breaking glass 10 minutes prior to the call. Police attended and located a vehicle with the rear window smashed. The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and attended the scene. Approximately $300 in damage was done.
• Sept. 7, 8:02 p.m., 72nd Street and Boundary Bay Dyke Trail: Police were called after a report of a large group of people congregating on the Dyke Trail and not abiding by appropriate social distancing rules. Police observed a group having a birthday party. No alcohol or music was observed. The group was warned about keeping proper distances.
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• Sept. 2, 12:53 p.m., 8A Avenue: A pre-teen complainant called police to report that he and his friends were biking in the area of 8A Avenue when they stopped to rest. An adult male approached them and asked a few questions. The kids felt uncomfortable so left the area and went to the community police office. No offence and nothing suspicious said. Kudos to these boys for attending the community police station.
• Sept. 2, 10:30 p.m., Rawlins Drive and Allen Drive: While on patrol, police located graffiti on a stop sign. The “artist” turned the “O” in “STOP” into what appeared to be a bum. Public works to clean up the graffiti. The same graffiti was found by patrols at Allen Drive and 4A Avenue, Connaught Drive and 5B Avenue, and Connaught St and 4A Avenue.
• Sept. 5, 10:09 p.m., Tsawwassen Commons: A store in Tsawwassen Commons reported a suspected shoplifter. Police stopped the suspect in the process of driving away and noted the vehicle in question was an overdue rental car. The shoplifter was arrested, the vehicle was towed to the police station and merchandise from the store in question, as well as other local stores, was recovered.
• Sept. 8, 5:44 p.m., 200-block 66A Street: Complainant contacted police to report that a drone had been flying over the community of Boundary Bay for approximately 20 minutes. The complainant advised police that he had placed the call in the first place to understand the rules of flying a drone. Police advised the caller the guidelines set out by Transport Canada that require that the pilot have the drone registered, have a drone pilot certificate, fly below 400 feet, and keep a minimum of 30 meters away from other bystanders.