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North Delta Crime Beat: Police hunt for vacuum bandit in grey sweatpants affair

'Thief nabs Dyson vacuums worth $1,200 in daring escape
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Files of interest for this week from Delta Police.

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.

Feb. 5, Public Safety Building 11375 84th Avenue: Complainant reported that they were being extorted for $1,500 in U.S. funds from a person who advised them by email that spyware had been installed on their computer, and compromising videos of the complainant would be circulated if they did not receive the money via bitcoin. Police confirmed the complainant did not send any money and they did not have any inappropriate videos on their computer. The complainant was also advised not to reply to the email and block any contact. Police also requested the complainant contact police if they receive any further emails.

Feb. 7, 7300 Block of 120th Street: A male entered a business and made his way to the receiving department. The male was then seen exiting through an emergency door in possession of two Dyson, V8 Animal Vacuums valued at $1,200. The Loss Prevention Officer provided police with still photos of the suspect to be circulated for possible identification.  The suspect was described as wearing grey sweatpants, and a black hoodie with “Nike” in grey.

Feb. 8, 11800 Block of 82nd Avenue: Complainant reported that they parked their vehicle in a visitor parking stall at their townhouse complex, and that sometime overnight someone smashed the rear window. Police attended and canvassed the area for surveillance video with negative results. Damage approximately $300.

Feb. 8, 11400 Block of 75B Avenue: Complainant reported that someone entered their truck and stole their wallet from the glove compartment. The complainant believes they may have left the truck unlocked. The wallet contains bank, credit, and personal cards. The debit card was used twice at a convenience store for a total of $140. Police attended, but nothing suitable for identification services as the truck had been driven by the complainant. Complainant cancelled their bank cards and notified ICBC of the stolen driver’s license. Investigation to continue upon receipt of surveillance video from the convenience store. 

Feb. 10, Public Safety Building 11375 84th Avenue: Complainant reported to police that they responded to an online advert advertising an investment opportunity. The complainant filled out details, and received a phone call requesting $375, which was sent before the complainant realized the advert was a scam. The complainant is unable to provide any further details of the incident. Police provided the complainant with information regarding internet safety pertaining to scams. 

Feb. 11, 700 Block of Eaton Way: Complainant reported a break-in to their business.  Police attended and observed, on surveillance video, a male smashing the front entry door glass late in the evening and grabbing two desktop computer towers from the lobby and fleeing the area. The surveillance video reveals a Caucasian male, in dark clothing but images too grainy for suspect identification. Total damage to the door was $500, and computer towers were valued at $1,500.

Feb. 11, 8800 Block of 120th Street: A business reported that a male entered the store and stole two bottles of vodka valued at $70. The suspect is described as Caucasian, 30 years of age, 5’9” tall, slim build, black hair, short beard, and wearing black hoodie and grey sweatpants. Surveillance video was available, but the face of the suspect was concealed by the hoodie.