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:
• Aug. 30, 7:11 a.m., 7200-block River Rd.: Complainant reported a vehicle driving aggressively, swerving and speeding in the nearby area. Police conducted patrols and located the vehicle. Police initiated a traffic stop where an odour of liquor was detected, as were glossy eyes and slurred speech. Police read the approved screening device demand and the driver provided two breath samples, both resulting in a “fail.” The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and their vehicle was towed.
• Aug. 31, 6:17 p.m., 2600-block River Rd.: Complainant reported three males with a gun at a nearby park. Police attended and located the three males. No firearms were observed in their hands when they were directed to show police their hands. Police determined that the guns used by the three were pellet guns. The males apologized and stated that they deemed the area secluded enough for them to target practice with a cardboard box. Police explained to them that Delta bylaws prohibit the use of pellet guns in the park.
• Sept. 1, 9:03 p.m., Harvest Drive and Ladner Trunk Road: Police observed a vehicle run a red light. Police initiated a traffic stop where the driver stopped in the middle of the lane before being asked by police to pull to the side of the road. The driver admitted to consuming a couple of drinks one hour prior. An approved screening device was read and the driver gave two breath samples, one resulting in a “fail” and the other resulting in a “warn.” The driver was issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition. A friend arrived on scene and drove the vehicle and the male home.
• Sept. 2, 5000-block Ladner Trunk Rd.: Complainant reported seeing a dog locked inside a vehicle. Dispatch updated police that the owner of the vehicle had since returned and was no longer on scene. Police contacted the complainant, who advised that she witnessed the dog panting and drooling, and was locked in the truck for approximately 20 minutes before the owner returned. Police then contacted the owner, who admitted that he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident. Police advised the owner that he could not leave a dog in a hot vehicle for any period of time and that the Delta Animal Control were aware of the situation. The owner apologized and stated that it would not happen again.
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• Aug. 30, 2:49 p.m., 5000 Canoe Pass Way: Complainant called to report two youths had just stolen from their store. Security were able to track the males through footage and advised that they were still inside the mall but it was unknown exactly where. Police attended the area, conducted extensive foot patrols in the mall and located the youths coming from the washrooms. Both were arrested, chartered and cautioned for theft. All stolen property was recovered and the investigation revealed they also stole clothing items from other stores, with a total value of $400. All property was returned to the respective stores. Police contacted their mother, who advised she could not attend and wished for the two to bus home. The teens were released with no charges.
• Aug. 31, 3:48 p.m., Boundary Bay Dyke Trail: Complainant reported observing a vehicle driving on the trail which is a park pathway designated for pedestrians and cyclist only. Police attended and area patrols were negative. Police contacted the owner of the vehicle, who explained that it was her mother who had her vehicle. Police spoke to the mother, who explained that she entered the trail and did not realize that the trail was not meant for vehicles. As soon as she realized, she turned back around. The mother was very apologetic for her mistake.
• Aug. 31, 8:58 p.m., 5000-block Kadota Dr.: Complainant reported that her neighbours had moved out and they had left their dog behind. Police attended and made contact with the homeowner, who advised that they were still in the process of moving out. Police members confirmed the well-being of the dog, who was in good spirits and cared for.
• Sept. 6, 2:57 a.m., 4000-block Canoe Pass Way: Complainant reported an alarm going off at a nearby store. Police attended the business and confirmed the doors and windows to be secure. No signs of forced entry were found.