(Delta Police Department photo)

(Delta Police Department photo)

South Delta crime beat, week of Sept. 26

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

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:

Ladner

• Sept. 19, 9600-block River Rd.: A business contacted police to report the theft of wiring valued at $500 from a shipping container that was in the process of being converted into office space. The unit had been left unlocked and nothing else of value was stolen. Complainant advised they were reporting the theft for documentation purposes. Police advised the complainant to consider installing security systems and cameras.

• Sept. 19, 4700-block River Rd.: Complainant reported they had been contacted by a person indicating they were an employee of Telus requesting information. The complainant provided their social insurance number and credit card information before realizing they were the victim of fraud. No transactions had occurred on their credit card. Complainant was advised to contact their bank to cancel credit cards, and also to contact Service Canada and Equifax indicating the fraud had occurred. Police also informed the complainant of other sophisticated scams.

• Sept. 21, 4800-block Georgia St.: Complainant reported the bike storage locker at their residential building had been broken into sometime overnight. The storage door had been pried open and six bicycles had been stolen. The complainant’s bike is described as a grey Cannondale CX Ultra. A file number was provided for other residents to report the loss of their bikes. The locker is visible from the street and easily accessible. A resident indicated they had heard a truck idling in front of the building in the middle of the night.

• Sept. 23, 4900-block 57A St.: Complainant reported the rear licence plate was stolen from their vehicle. Investigation indicated that an earlier query in Kelowna found the plate attached to another vehicle that had failed to stop for RCMP. This file is under investigation in Kelowna. Complainant was advised to surrender front plate to ICBC and obtain new licence plates.

• Sept. 25, DPD HQ, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had replied to a Craigslist advertisement selling a dump trailer for $2,000. The complainant transferred $2,000 as directed to an eBay account through a Petro Canada ATM in Tsawwassen and a further $1,000 for shipping insurance. When the ATM receipts came back as bitcoin transfers, the complainant realized they had been the victim of fraud. Police requested copies of the emails and screenshots of the ATM receipts in order to commence a fraud investigation.

PREVIOUS WEEK…

• Sept. 13, 5200-block Bentley Cres.: Complainant reported to police their vehicle had been tampered with during the night but nothing of value was stolen. Possible security video surveillance available from a neighbour.

• Sept. 15, 11400-block Lindsey Pl.: Police attended a business in response to a report of the theft of 52 pieces of 16.5-foot aluminum framing from the rear of the business. The items were wrapped in large packs and stored outside the business. The total value of the theft was $2,600. Video surveillance has been requested from the property management company.

• Sept. 17, DPD HQ, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had lost US$5,000 after investing with an online company who they believed to be a legitimate broker. The complainant contacted the company and was informed the broker had left the company taking all of their clients’ money with them. The company required the complainant to pay all outstanding fees, which they did. The company then stopped corresponding with the complainant, at which time they realized they were a victim of fraud. The company and the broker were allegedly based in the U.S. and the U.K.

• Sept. 18, 5600-block 44th Ave.: Complainant reported that an Amazon package had been stolen from their doorstep. The package, valued at $120, contained various household items. The complainant had checked with neighbours but no one had received the package in error. Complainant was provided with a file number in order for Amazon to investigate the theft. Police advised the complainant to install a security camera for their residence.

Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation

• Sept. 20, DPD HQ, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant received a telephone call from a party identifying as Telus offering a new deal on telephone services. When the male caller requested a credit card number and driver’s licence identification, the complainant became suspicious that they were involved in a fraudulent situation and provided no information. Query of the phone call indicated it originated in South Carolina. Police advised complainant to register with Equifax in order to avoid future fraudulent activity.

• Sept. 23, 1100-block Ferguson Rd.: Complainant reported their locked vehicle parked in the parkade had been broken into sometime overnight. Items stolen include a GPS stand and a gold and garnet necklace valued at $114. Thieves entered the vehicle by breaking the door lock. Witnesses had observed a suspicious silver Mercedes without front plates speed through the parkade. This was confirmed by surveillance video.

• Sept. 23, DPD HQ, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres.: Complainant reported they had received information from the bank that a male impersonating the complainant had withdrawn $2,400 from their account in a branch of a bank in Calgary and that an investigation of the fraud had been launched. Complainant was advised to contact Calgary police as the fraud occurred in their jurisdiction.

• Sept. 24, 5000-block Canoe Pass Way: A business reported a theft in progress. Police attended and located the suspects leaving the store with the items. The suspects were arrested and transported to police headquarters, where one of the individuals was released without charges and the other was released with a promise to appear in court at a future date and a ban from the store.

• Sept. 24, 1700-block 56th St.: Complainant reported the theft sometime overnight of a catalytic converter from their vehicle parked in an ungated underground parkade. Police attended and observed that the converter had been sawed off by a mechanical saw. No witnesses or video surveillance available.

PREVIOUS WEEK…

• Sept. 12, 4900-block Canoe Pass Way: A business reported a customer in the store had selected and concealed items. The suspect was described as a male Caucasian, 30 years of age, 5’ 4” tall, with a slim build, bald, and wearing a red shirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack. Police arrived and apprehended a male matching the description. The manager of the store indicated to police they had the correct suspect and the stolen items were surrendered. The suspect was arrested and transported to police headquarters, then released on a promise to appear in court on a future date and with a ban from the mall.

• Sept. 14, 4100-block Salish Sea Way: Complainant reported their black iPhone 12 had been stolen while they were at work. The complainant indicated they were moving throughout the business area while working with 70 or more employees. The “Find My iPhone” app indicated the phone was offline. The business security indicated they were aware of the theft and would examine security surveillance video. Police recommended to the complainant that they remotely wipe the phone. The phone was added to the Canadian Police Information Centre as stolen.

• Sept. 14, 10th Avenue and 54th Street: Complainant reported a theft sometime overnight from their locked work vehicle parked on the street. The rear driver’s side passenger window was smashed and a backpack stolen. The backpack contained some paper work and a locked black laptop valued at $500. Canvass of the neighbourhood was negative. Complainant was provided with a file number for ICBC.

• Sept. 14, 6th Avenue and 54th Street: A child’s bike was left overnight on the corner. The bicycle is described as a blue/pink Supercycle brand for a young child. Police query of the serial number came back negative. The bike was logged in exhibits for safe keeping and can be claimed on identification.

RELATED: North Delta crime beat, week of Sept. 26



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