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South Delta Crime Beat: Amazon gift card scam strikes again

This week's Crime Beat for South Delta
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This week's crime beat for South Delta.

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. 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:


*May 12, 1:45 p.m., 1300 block Tsawwassen Drive.: Police responded to a complaint of damage to a vehicle on the gravel road. A vehicle was performing donuts, which had kicked up rocks causing damage to the passenger side, hood and the windshield of another vehicle. Police issued a violation ticket to the driver of the first vehicle for Drive Without Consideration and both drivers were advised to contact ICBC.

*May 13, 11:25 a.m., 56th Street/18th Avenue: Complainant contacted police to report that an Alberta licence plate was speeding excessively, tailgating other vehicles, and driving aggressively. Police later located the vehicle driving in an unrelated location and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was adamant that he was driving normally and believed that the complaint was a result of him driving in B.C. with Alberta licence plates. Police advised the driver that because his vehicle draws attention with Alberta licence plates, he should pay particular attention to his driving habits. No further enforcement action was taken.

*May 14, 8:24 p.m., 6000 17A Avenue: Complainant reported several groups of teens drinking alcohol and starting fires on the beach at the dyke trail located near Beach Grove Park. Police attended and observed multiple groups including teens, families and couples having beach fires with some groups having open alcohol. Police spoke with each of the groups educating them on the regulations. Police had the fires put out, garbage cleaned up and alcohol put away and all groups were cooperative.

*May 14, 11:19 p.m., 12600 block 97th Avenue: Complainant called police reporting a vehicle was swerving on the road and that he had observed the driver consuming liquor earlier in the night at an event. Police located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop. During the stop police noted a strong smell of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver was read an Approved Screening Device demand and provided two samples, both resulting in a “fail.” The driver was informed of a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment.


*May 13, 9:26 a.m., 4600 block Clarence Taylor Crescent: Staff at the nearby Ladner Leisure Centre reported that a vehicle was parked in the parking lot unoccupied, unlocked with the vehicle running for more than 30 minutes. Police attended, cleared the vehicle and confirmed that it was unoccupied with no damage and nothing suspicious. Police made contact with the owner of the car, who advised that he mistakenly left it running while he went out for a run. Police turned the ignition off and locked the vehicle with the owner’s permission.

*May 15, 3 p.m., 5600 block Grove Avenue: Resident reported that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle overnight and stolen cigarettes and a lighter. Nothing further taken.

*May 15, 5:27 p.m., location withheld: Police received a report from a woman who advised she had received an email from someone she knew, asking for $1,600 in Amazon and iTunes gift cards. As the email was from a known contact the woman purchased the gift cards and sent the card numbers via email. The woman later realized her friend’s email address had been compromised, and that the request was not legitimate. The woman was aware there was no way to get her money back. Police confirmed she had not sent any personal information.

*May 15, 5:58 a.m., 2900 block Highway 99: Complainant reported a male standing in the long grass wearing tactical gear and loading an assault rifle. Police located a vehicle and spoke to a male who was wearing tactical pants and stated he had been taking photographs of the sunrise. The male was cooperative and voluntary showed police his photographing equipment which consisted of a long black stand that was likely mistaken by the complainant for a rifle.

*May 16, 3:51 p.m., 4900 block Chisholm Street: Complainant reported a dog locked in a Tesla vehicle with the windows rolled up for over an hour. Police called the owner of the vehicle as it was gone on arrival. The owner stated that the Tesla has a pet on board setting, keeping the vehicle temperature controlled, and a vehicle display that shows the inside temperature and a message saying “my owner will be back soon.”