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:
• Sept. 8, 8:34 p.m., 9100-block 120th St.: Police observed a vehicle fail to stop for a marked sign in a liquor store parking lot and made a traffic stop. Upon speaking to the driver, a distinct odour of liquor was coming from his breath. A breath sample was taken with the result of a borderline “warn.” The driver was issued a 24-hour prohibition under section 215 of the Motor Vehicle Act and the vehicle was also towed away and impounded for 24 hours.
• Sept. 10, 11:00 p.m., 11800-block 72nd Ave.: Police responded to two vehicles being broken into in a homeowner’s driveway. Both vehicles’ glove boxes were ransacked and items were left on the floor. $50 was missing along with spare change, a phone charger/charging pack and various other items. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $200. The vehicles also had fire damage, with damage to one vehicle approximately $1,000. Items were seized for DPD’s forensic section to investigate further.
• Sept. 11, 2:33 p.m., 7900-block 120th St.: Police observed a motorcycle with no plates. Upon speaking to the motorcyclist it was discovered that the plate was tucked away. When police eventually looked up the licence plate it was revealed that the plate was stolen out of Surrey. The motorcyclist advised police that he bought the licence plate from a male in Maple Ridge. Further queries of the motorcyclist showed him to be a prohibited driver and the driver was charged with prohibited driving.
• Sept. 12, 1:03 p.m., 88th Avenue and 120th Street: Police observed a driver throwing paper out of their vehicle in the parking lot of a liquor store. Police conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where the driver admitted to drinking a beer. A breath sample was taken which the driver failed. A 90-day immediate roadside prohibition was issued to the driver and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• Sept. 13, 7:16 p.m., 7100-block 120th St.: Police were called to a report of an intoxicated female sitting in her driver’s seat. The caller had taken away her keys and was waiting for police arrival as the female was highly intoxicated and falling over. Upon arrival police arrested the female and a breath sample was taken. The female was taken back to the police station for further investigation.
• Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m., 11900-block Nordel Way: Police responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle had parked his car in a store parking lot while he was inside shopping. Upon arriving back to his vehicle he noticed his vehicle was rummaged through. There was no signs of forced entry or damage to the vehicle. It was believed that the vehicle was left unlocked. Insurance papers, a garage door opener and the spare keys to the vehicle were taken. The driver was advised to change his locks and deactivate his garage door.
• Sept. 13, 11:24 p.m., 7900-block 120th Street: Police were called when a group of males and females who appeared to be intoxicated got into a vehicle and drove off. Police were nearby and observed the vehicle pull into a gas station. Police initiated a traffic stop with emergency equipment. The driver exited the vehicle and admitted to having consumed one beer earlier. Police noted an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. A breath sample was conducted, which the driver failed twice. An immediate roadside prohibition was issued to the driver and the vehicle was towed away.
• Sept. 14, 10:37 p.m., 11400-block 94a Ave.: Police responded to a fraud call where a man had purchased two concert tickets off Craigslist for $150. The man e-transferred the money to the seller’s email after the seller had text messaged him a picture of a female’s driver’s licence. Police contacted the female in the driver’s licence who told police she sent that picture after it was requested from someone she was buying concert tickets from. Later calls to the phone number that was used to send texts from the seller did not go through either.