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South Delta crime beat: rash of thefts in Tsawwassen

Several WhatsApp fraud cases reported too
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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 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.


*Feb. 20, 1400 Block of Grove Place: Complainant reported theft in progress of their unlocked vehicle. Two suspects were inside the vehicle, but were scared away by the complainant. Suspects were described as a male and female wearing black puffer style jackets, black baseball caps, and black medical masks. Nothing stolen from the vehicle.  Police discussed a safety plan with resident for future prevention.

*Feb. 20, 1300 Block of Enderby Avenue: Complainant reported theft from their unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Surveillance video revealed two suspects enter the vehicle and steal a $100 Leatherman tool from the centre console. Police reviewed the surveillance video, which showed two suspects walking the street, pulling on vehicle door handles. 

*Feb. 20, 1200 Block of Morris Crescent: Complainant reported they noticed their garage door open in the morning and on investigation found that, sometime overnight, their unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway was entered and the garage opener stolen.  Nothing taken from the vehicle or garage.

*Feb. 20, 5800 Block of Whitcomb Place: Complainant reported that sometime between Feb. 17 and 20, someone had entered the complainant’s unlocked vehicle and stole a pair of sunglasses and a key to a different vehicle. Cash and power tools left untouched in the vehicle. Police canvass of the neighbourhood was negative for surveillance video or witnesses.

*Feb. 20, 1600 Block of 57th Street: Complainant reported their vehicle, parked at their residence was rummaged through sometime overnight. A black ThinkPad laptop and a black/green ski jacket with a total value of $2,500, stolen. The vehicle may have been left unlocked as there was no damage to the vehicle. Canvas of the neighbourhood for surveillance video proved negative.

*Feb. 22, 1200 Block of 56th Street: A business reported two youths took canned drinks and put them in their pocket and when asked if they were going to pay, grabbed a bag of baked goods and fled through the front door. The store identified one youth from a previous incident and asked for no charges, but requested police speak with the parents of the suspect.

*Feb. 23, 600 Block of English Bluff Road: Complainant reported their vehicle stolen from their residence. At the same time, the complainant’s spouse was in White Rock and had their vehicle broken into and a cell phone and vehicle registration stolen. They then returned to their residence and entered the home through an unlocked front door and found house keys, jewelry, and a TV worth a total of $15,000, stolen. The complainant has changed house locks. Incidents still under investigation.

*Feb. 25, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they had begun a relationship with a person through WhatsApp, which lead to a request for money. Prior to the complainant realizing they were the victim of fraud, they transferred a large sum of money in gift cards to the suspect. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the bank contacted by the complainant. Victim services offered and accepted by the complainant.

*Feb. 26, 1100 Block of Ferguson Road: Complainant reported a theft, sometime overnight, from their vehicle left in their parking stall. No witnesses or surveillance video.  Police discussed strategies with the complainant to prevent future incidents and they were advised to contact ICBC.


*Feb. 21, 5000 Block of Calvert Drive: Complainant reported the theft, sometime overnight, of the catalytic converter from their vehicle parked in the driveway. Police attended and conducted a surveillance video canvass, which was negative. 

*Feb. 22, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they had started receiving cheques to their bank account after applying for a job via an Instagram account.  They were then directed to purchase gift cards and send them to the account. The complainant purchased $3500 in gift cards before they discovered cheques they received were fraudulent. Police advised complainant to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and notify the bank of the fraud.

*Feb. 24, 7000 Block of Highway 17: Police stopped a vehicle, clocked by radar travelling at 134 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The driver was charged with driving at an excessive speed and given an immediate roadside suspension and speeding ticket. The vehicle was impounded.

*Feb. 25, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported being the victim of fraud via e-transfers on WhatsApp. Complainant received a call from someone pretending to be their daughter, requesting money to pay off a gambling debt. A total of six transfers were made for a large sum of money. Investigation to continue with the bank for details of the e-transfers. 

*Feb. 25, 6500 Block of 68th Street: Complainant reported a van had been parked on their property for the last four days. Police investigated and found the vehicle was stolen from Vancouver. The vehicle was towed to a secure lot and stored. Incident still under investigation pending the results of identification services.