The purpose of the crime beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North 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:
• May 17, 11:27 a.m., 900-block Alex Fraser Bridge: Police were conducting mobile speed enforcement when they observed a vehicle quickly closing the distance. The vehicle’s speed was verified with radar at 134 km/h in a posted 70 km/h zone. The driver was given an excessive speeding violation ticket and had their vehicle impounded.
• May 17, 12:30 p.m., 9200-block 116th St.: Police queried a vehicle in the area which revealed that the driver had an invalid driver’s licence. Police initiated a traffic stop, and the driver provided a valid interim driver’s licence. Police spoke with ICBC, who confirmed that the driver’s licence had been expired since 1997. He had a temporary “learner’s” licence and needed to be driving with a supervisor on board. Police provided the driver with education and escorted him to his home as he was stopped only a short distance away from his residence. Police advised the driver that this incident had been documented and next time he would likely be issued a violation ticket.
• May 17, 7:40 p.m., 7300-block 120th St.: A loss prevention officer reported a shoplifter had stolen a flashlight from a nearby store. Police attended and located the shoplifter, along with the flashlight in his backpack. The loss prevention officer attended the scene and declined charges. The shoplifter was verbally advised that he was banned from the store and the flashlight was recovered.
• May 18, 5:01 p.m., 9300-block 119th St.: During regular area patrols, police observed a large plume of dark smoke coming from a nearby residence. Police requested Delta Fire attend and then entered the residence with permission from the family. Police were directed to the back patio, where they observed a male attempting to battle large flames coming from a grease-filled wok on a small propane grill and the fully-ignited exterior side of the house. Police evacuated the residence and turned off the propane tank. Police controlled the flame with a fire extinguisher and a garden hose until Delta Fire arrived.
• May 18, 11:01 p.m., 7600-block Sutton Pl.: Complainant called police to report her that daughter was home alone and heard footsteps downstairs when no one was supposed to be in the residence. The daughter reported that her dogs were barking excessively as well which was causing her concern. Police attended and searched the front and rear yard as well as the entire interior of the home. Police did not find anything suspicious, but stayed until the complainant returned home. All parties were grateful for police response.
• May 20, 12:14 p.m., 8300-block Highway 17: Police used radar to observe a vehicle travelling 149 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The driver acknowledged that they were speeding but didn’t realize that they were going that fast. Police issued the driver a violation ticket for excessive speeding and the vehicle was towed.