North Delta Crime Beat: $6,000 damage to vehicle after suspect repeatedly hits it with hammer

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North 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:

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July 18, 7000-block of 120th Street: Police conducted a vehicle stop. The driver displayed signs of alcohol consumption. A breath sample was taken which resulted in a “fail” reading. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was towed.

July 18, 11:26 a.m., 11200-block of Kendale View: Police were called to a report of a theft from vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The vehicle was left undamaged but sunglasses were stolen.

July 18, 2:03 p.m., Wade Road and 120th Street: Police conducted a vehicle stop. There was a distinct odour of liquor coming from the driver’s mouth. A breach sample was demanded to which the driver refused. An immediate roadside prohibition was served and the vehicle was towed.

July 22, 4 p.m., 800-block of Belgrave Way: A registered owner of a semi-truck called police to report that his vehicle had been stolen while it was parked in an open lot. The theft occurred sometime between 4 p.m. on July 22 and 3:45 a.m. the next day. All the keys to the vehicle were accounted for and no one had permission to take the vehicle. No damage around the area and the front and rear plates were attached to the vehicle. The value of the semi-truck is about $20,000.

July 24, 1:50 a.m.: A resident phoned police to report that an unknown person was hitting a parked vehicle with a hammer. The police attended the area to canvass for the suspect but were unable to locate the male. The damage to the vehicle included hammer strikes to every panel and window of the car, estimated to be about $6,000.

July 25, 10:17 a.m.: Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a black sedan after observing a motor vehicle infraction. The police patrol vehicle activated their emergency lights and sirens at which time the BMW fled from the police at a dangerous rate of speed. The suspect vehicle drove into oncoming traffic in an attempt to evade police. Due to the dangerous nature of the driving, police did not pursue the suspect vehicle, but police were able to attain the registered owner’s information which allowed them to send a violation ticket to the owner’s residence.

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