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South Delta crime beat: Trailer stolen with $25,000 worth of lawn equipment

Major online crypto currency investment fraud also reported
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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.


*Nov. 1, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported the fraudulent purchase of an iPad on their credit card from an Apple store. The store was contacted by the complainant and the transaction cancelled and refunded. Unknown how the suspect obtained the complainant’s credit information. As there was no loss, the incident was reported for information purposes.

*Nov. 1, 1100 Block of Ferguson Road: Complainant reported their bicycle stolen from the bed of their truck parked in the locked parking garage of their complex. The bike valued at $1,000 is described as a silver GT Aggressor Expert with an upgraded front Shimano derailleur. Complainant advised to monitor online marketplaces and was provided with a file number for insurance purposes.

*Nov. 1, 1100 Block of Ferguson Road: Report from complainant that their electric bike was stolen from their building’s locked parking garage. Unknown how the suspect entered garage as a key or fob is required and there was no evidence of forced entry. The bike is described as a black RadRover Fat Bike with a back basket and a broken tail light. 

*Nov. 3, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they applied for a job advertised on an employment website. After providing photos of their ID, the complainant became suspicious when they were asked to buy Apple gift cards. No exchange of funds occurred. Complainant advised to inform Canadian Anti-Fraud, Equifax, and to speak to their bank preventative.

*Nov. 5, 5000 Block of Canoe Pass Way: A business reported that a male entered the store and selected and concealed two baseball hats and left the store without paying.  Police attended and located the suspect who admitted to stealing the two hats. The suspect was arrested and chartered for theft under $5,000. A search of the suspects’ backpack revealed goods stolen from two other businesses. The suspect was released on a promise to appear in court at a future date. The stolen goods returned to the respective businesses.

*Nov. 6, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Police received an online report from a complainant indicating an unauthorized purchase of $302 had been made on their credit card. Unknown how the suspect obtained credit information as card had not been lost or stolen. Complainant cancelled credit card.


*Nov. 2, 5200 Block of 64th Street: Complainant reported their vehicle, parked in the driveway, had been broken into around midnight. Access gained through a previously smashed window. Items stolen include headphones, battery charger, jacket, keys, and some loose change. Items later recovered by police from a suspect following a series of offences in the area.

*Nov. 3, 6100 Block of Hwy 17A: Complainant reported the theft, sometime overnight, of a trailer valued at $5,000 from their workplace. The trailer contained $25,000 worth of lawn care items including two Kubota Zero-Turn mowers, three Stihl weed eaters, three Makita leaf blowers, and miscellaneous tools. Trailer added to Canadian Police Information Centre.

*Nov. 5, 3800 Block of Wellington Road: Complainant reported the theft, sometime overnight, of their purse from their vehicle parked in the driveway. No damage to vehicle as it been left unlocked. The purse described as tanned coloured, contained driver’s license, debit and credit cards, and cash. Police advised complainant to cancel all cards.

*Nov. 5, HQ 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they were the victim of online crypto currency investment fraud, losing approximately $75,000. The initial contact with the fraudulent company was made through Facebook. An attempt to withdraw funds through a legitimate crypto app was unsuccessful. Police advised complainant to cease all deposits and communication with the scammers.

*Nov. 6, 5200 Block of Maple Crescent: Complainant reported the rear widow of their vehicle broken sometime overnight while parked in their driveway. Nothing stolen from the vehicle. Cost to repair the damage is $500. The vehicle was unlocked indicating the incident was likely mischief rather than attempted theft.

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