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South Delta Crime Beat: Scammers targeting unsuspecting victims

We now return to our regular Crime Beat segment
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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.

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to for the week of June 6 to 14:


*June 6, 2:02 p.m., 800 Block of Gale Drive: Complainant reported that items were stolen from their vehicle while it was parked in front of their residence four days earlier. Items stolen include a black backpack with passport, Visa card and two sets of ear buds. A dealer plate was also stolen. Total value of items stolen was $480. Dealer plate added to CPIC as stolen.

*June 9, 4:17 p.m.: Complainant called police to report an email scam between them and a local business. Complainant received an invoice via email and responded asking if a cheque or e-transfer was preferred and was given a different email address. The e-transfer was declined and the complainant had to try three times to e-transfer to the original email address before it went through. Complainant advised police that they are hoping to have the money refunded.

*June 12, 00:47 a.m., 800 Block Underhill Drive: Complainant reported a theft of $20 sunglasses from a vehicle. An unknown male was seen rifling through the vehicle and was last seen riding away on a bike eastbound on 8A Avenue. Vehicle was unlocked at the time.

*June 12, 7:09 p.m., BC Ferries long-term parking lot: Complainant reported that their catalytic converter was cut off and stolen while parked, sometime between noon on June 11 and 5 p.m. July 12. Complainant noticed it was missing after turning the vehicle on and hearing an unusual sound.

*June 12, 8:16 p.m., 100 Block of Graham Drive: A Delta Bylaw officer reported locating a recovered stolen Nissan Maxima. Police attended and saw that the vehicle had been left in the middle of the road, unlocked with the keys on the driver’s seat. Police were then approached by a witness who advised that at approximately 11 a.m. that day they witnessed the vehicle speed down the street, park in the middle of the road and a lone male exited the vehicle and ran towards the beach. Police observed no apparent new damage to the vehicle. They had the vehicle towed and advised the registered owner of the recovery.


*June 7, 11:50 a.m., 5700 Block of Deltaport Way: Delta Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers stopped a truck for inspection. The driver failed to produce a valid driver’s license and the officers discovered that the driver was serving a three-month driving prohibition.

*June 7, 1:23 p.m., 5000 Block 44 Avenue: Complainant reported that their child found a bike in the bushes at Ladner Elementary sometime on June 2. The found BMX bike was not registered with Garage 529 and has been lodged in Delta Police HQ Temporary Exhibits.

*June 8, 6 p.m., 4000 Block of 44B Avenue: Complainant reported that sometime between June 7 and 8 there was suspicious vandalism/mischief done to their truck that had been parked on their driveway. A portion of the front bumper appears to have been melted by heat or chemicals.

*June 10, 12:59 p.m.: Complainant reported that an unknown suspect had used their name to apply for a credit card and had unsuccessfully attempted to get the complainant’s mail forwarded to an unauthorized address. Complainant realized that the fraud had occurred when the card they had not applied for, arrived in the mail.

*June 10, 10:13 a.m.: Complainant called police to report that they had willingly sent $3,000 over a bitcoin scam as seen on Instagram. Complaint advised that their friend’s hacked Instagram account had led them to believe the scam was legitimate and had sent two payments totaling $3,000 to the fraudulent account before becoming suspicious. The bank was able to recover $1,000 so far. Complainant has been advised to sign up for a credit monitoring service if concerned about personal information shared with the scammer.