North Delta Crime Beat: Phone scammer seeks gift cards for payment

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 29, 12:32 p.m., 8100 block 120th St: Complainant called police to advise that a vehicle had a tinted cover on their rear licence plate, and was last seen in the 8100 block of 120th. Officers conducted area patrols, however, the vehicle was gone on arrival. A traffic warning letter was sent to the registered owner.

July 30, 4:07 p.m., 7000 block 119th St: Complainant reported her friend had been the target of a phone scam. The complainant advised that she received a phone call where the caller stated he was CBSA and that she was required to send money to another province in the form of gift cards to resolve the issue. The complainant purchased $300 worth of gift cards, but did not give the numbers to the caller as she realized it may be a scam. The complainant was advised to block the phone number and report the incident to Canada Anti-Fraud Centre and Equifax.

July 31, 9:30 a.m., 6000 block of 120th St: A Delta police officer was stopped at a red light. Once the light turned green the officer observed the vehicle in front of the police car accelerate at very high rate of speed. The officer estimated the driver to be going 40-plus km over the posted speed limit, and his radar locked in the speed at 109km/h. The constable pulled over the driver and served him with an excessive speeding ticket as well as impounded his vehicle for a period of seven days.

July 31, 9:30 p.m., 6600 block of Baker Road: Complainant called to report a theft of two bikes from the open carport of their residence, with a combined value of $2,020. The two bikes were locked together with a cable, but the suspect cut the lock and stole the two bikes. Police are investigating the theft.

Aug. 1, 7:05 p.m., 7000 block of 120th St: Police responded to a theft in progress from a local business. Total theft $20. The business did not wish to pursue charges.

Aug. 1, 11 p.m. around 120th street and 70th: A Delta police constable conducted a vehicle stop after witnessing the vehicle leave a local liquor store. As the constable approached the vehicle he detected a faint odor of liquor emanating from the mouth area of the driver. With reasonable suspicion of alcohol consumption, the officer requested the driver perform a sobriety test. The driver was given two separate sobriety tests both of which resulted in “fail” readings. Consequentially, the officer gave the driver a 90-day driving suspension and had the vehicle towed where it was to be impounded for 30-days. The driver and passengers left the area with another friend.

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