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North Delta Crime Beat: Locked computer leads to gift card scam

This week's North Delta crime beat
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Files of interest from North Delta in this week's crime beat.

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. 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 Delta police responded to in the previous week:

*April 20, 11:28 p.m., 11000 block 72nd Avenue: Complainant reported a noise complaint in a nearby residence. On arrival, police noted loud talking and TV noise coming from the upper suite of the residence. Police spoke to the owner who confirmed everyone who was inside lived at the address. Everyone in the residence was advised of the noise complaint, therefore, they were very apologetic. They agreed to turn down the TV and to lower their voices. The owner was advised regarding the potential bylaw fines.

*April 21, 7:07 p.m., 10000 block 80th Avenue: Complainant called police to report a male and two females drinking in the field of a nearby park. Police attended and found the group drinking hard seltzer alcoholic drinks in the field. All parties were apologetic and cooperative. The group cleaned up and moved along out of the area.

*April 22, 3:10 p.m., Location withheld: Complainant reported being scammed through the internet and phone. The complainant received an error message on her computer stating it was locked and to call the provided phone number for assistance. The complainant decided to call and was then transferred to a total of four different people. Subjects verified her identity through her last three bank transactions which were correct but unauthorized. The subjects convinced the complainant to have money sent to them for the unauthorized transactions to be reversed. The subject remained on the phone with her for several hours while she drove to a nearby store. The complainant spent $5,500 on various gift cards which all were scratched and provided to the subject on the phone. The complainant later learned that she had likely been scammed and had all credit cards cancelled. All banks were notified and police spoke to the complainant on preventing any future frauds.

*April 23, 12:39 a.m., 10000 block Nordel Way: Police were conducting proactive patrols when they observed a vehicle travelling at approximately 130 km/hr in a posted 70 km/hr zone. The vehicle struck two cones as it was turning to the right, to get onto the overpass. Police also noted that the vehicle drifted between lanes and nearly struck a vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and an odour of liquor was detected coming from the driver. An Approved Screening Device demand was read and the driver provided two samples, both resulting in a “fail.” The driver was given a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition as well as their vehicle being towed.

*April 23, 12:50 p.m., Highway 91 Nordel Way: Police were conducting mobile radar speed enforcement when they found a vehicle going 95 km/hr in a posted 50 km/hr construction zone. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was issued an excessive speeding ticket as well as their vehicle being towed. 

*April 24, 1:43 p.m., 11000 block Pinewood Drive: Complainant called police after observing several youths dressed in camouflage clothing hanging around near the entrance of a nearby school. The group leader stated that he was there with a small group from his church who were going to play hide and seek in the park. Police found that all youths had maps to the park trails.