The Delta Police Department is shining a spotlight on its patrol support team following the arrest of four suspects alleged to be involved in a string of property crimes.
Patrol support team officers were conducting surveillance last Wednesday on two suspects linked to a problem residence associated to drug and property crime. The suspects were travelling between Delta and Surrey, and officers observed them shoplift items from a store on 72nd Avenue near the Delta border. Shortly after police arrested the two suspects, also seizing break-in tools and a weapon. Police were able to recover stolen sporting goods, which were returned to the store.
The team was at Tsawwassen Mills last Friday when a security guard indicated there was a suspicious man inside a store he believed was actively stealing merchandise. Officers entered the store, and formed a suspicion the man had put a number of clothing items into a backpack.
The man exited the store and attempted to leave the mall, but instead was taken into custody. A search of the backpack revealed clothing, believed to be stolen, along with other miscellaneous items suspected to be stolen from another store in the mall. The merchandise was returned to the stores.
Minutes later, officers arrested a suspected accomplice. When officers searched that suspect they discovered high-end beauty products and clothing, items confirmed to be merchandise from mall stores.
Both men were confirmed to have travelled into Delta and were identified by police as prolific property crime offenders.
“The patrol support team is an important pillar of Delta police’s approach to providing service to our community,” said DPD public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf. “We know how frustrating property crime can be for the public. We want them to know we’re continuing to focus on hot spots like problem residences, and that officers are doing everything they can to ensure these offenders know they’re not welcome here.”
The patrol support team is made up of plainclothes and uniform police officers and their focus is hot spot policing, prolific offenders and tracking down people with outstanding warrants.
“Officers on this team aren’t part of our regular patrol platoons, so have more time to focus on problem areas, or specific suspects, rather than going from call-to-call,” added Leykauf.