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South Delta Crime Beat: Residents find what they thought was a human hand

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.
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This week's South Delta Crime Beat. Optimist file photo

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 8, 2:09 p.m., 5100 block Cliff Plaza: Complainants reported finding what looked like an old human hand laying in their driveway and did not know how it ended up in their yard. Police attended and examined the item, which appeared to be decayed remains of an unknown animal. Police contacted the BC Coroner, who consulted with their forensic identifications section and confirmed that the item was not human.

*May 9, 1:11 a.m., 90 block Ferry Causeway: Complainant reported bonfires on the nearby beach as many small fires had been seen burning throughout the evening. Police attended and found one small group of five people celebrating a birthday party. The group agreed to put out the fire, pack-up and call it a night without issue. Police issued a verbal warning for the fire.

*May 9, 12:32 p.m., 5700 block 16a Avenue: Complainant reported that a teenage male was riding a dirt bike on the road without any protective equipment on. Police attended the area, however no one riding a dirt bike was located. Police had prior knowledge of a male who periodically rides his dirt bike through the same area and attended the residence. Police spoke with the resident, who advised that his son was previously riding his dirt bike in the area. The resident stated that his son was wearing full protective gear and was quickly tuning up the dirt bike. Police provided the resident with a verbal warning and advised that it is an offence for an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle on the road. The resident advised that he understood and would not let his son operate the dirt bike on the road again.


*May 4, 5:12 p.m., location withheld: Complainant reported that his daughter was followed from a recreation centre to their home by a vehicle. Police spoke to the complainant who advised the vehicle was making erratic moves to follow her. The complainant was able to lose the vehicle before getting to her house. The vehicle was seen out front of her house, apparently searching for her. Police contacted the driver of the vehicle, who advised he thought it was an ex-girlfriend. Police advised the driver that this behaviour was not acceptable, no matter if the driver thought it was an ex-girlfriend or a stranger. Police explained that an innocent person was scared by this behaviour. The driver was extremely apologetic and understood his behaviour was not appropriate.

*May 5, 9:13 a.m., 7000 block Highway 17: Police were conducting on-foot laser enforcement when they observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. Radar confirmed the speed to be 150 km/h in an 80 km/h highway zone. Police conducted a traffic stop and the driver was advised for the reason of the stop. The driver was served a ticket for excessive speeding and had their vehicle impounded.

*May 7, 10:35 p.m., 34b Ave Arthur Drive: Complainant contacted police to report that a street sign had been struck and bent over which was causing a hazard for traffic. Police located the signs which had been knocked off the post and the post was extremely bent. Police requested and confirmed that city crews would attend to repair the sign. Police flagged the post with police yellow tape until crews arrived for safety. There were no witnesses and no video to show what had struck the sign.

May 9, 10:54 p.m., Deltaport Way off-ramp: Complainant and another anonymous caller reported 15 to 20 sports cars were meeting and possibly street racing. Police attended and saw two sports cars. Police spoke to the drivers, who stated that they were taking pictures of their vehicles. Police warned the drivers of speeding and street racing offences. Police sent the drivers on their way.