South Delta Crime Beat: Dating app turns out to be scam

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 the Delta police responded to in the previous week:

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Tsawwassen:

Aug. 1, 11:15 a.m.: Complainant reported that approximately $5,700 was taken from her father’s bank account. Complainant advised that bank cards were not lost, nor did anyone else have access to them. Fraud reported to the victim’s banks. The investigation is ongoing.

Aug. 3, 6:41 p.m.: Report received of a possible identity theft and fraud. Complainant signed up for a dating app at which time he was asked for his credit card information and photograph of his driver’s license. He had a $200 charge to his card and then became aware that the app was a scam. Complainant contacted the bank and ICBC to report he sent a photo of his driver's license. Police advised complainant to be aware of any suspicious activity with his bank accounts in the future and contact police if required.

Aug. 5, 9:40 p.m., 5400 block 16th Ave.: Two young boys claimed that they were followed by an unknown suspicious male in a tow truck. They advised that there were no markings on tow truck. The male did not say anything to the boys. Area and neighbourhood patrols were negative.

July 30 to Aug. 5, Various locations: Multiple noise complaints due to loud music and parties. Police attended and advised home-owners of concerns as required.

Ladner:

July 30, 10 a.m., 6500 block Ladner Trunk Road: Police were dispatched to a theft where a Mariner 25 hp engine was stolen from the complainant’s boat. The boat was observed to be out in plain-site in a fenced-off property. Estimated value to be $3,000. Investigation is ongoing.

July 30th, 4900 block 57A Street: Police attended residence following a report of a theft of bicycle from the backyard. Police canvassed neighbourhood for witnesses and information.

Aug. 1, 5:37 p.m., 4800 block McNeelys Way: A business reported that their storage yard was broken into overnight. The main gate had been cut, and a small section to the chain link fence had also been cut to access the storage yard. Approximate value of scrap metal taken $100. Approximate damage to fence $500.

Aug. 2, 10:40 a.m., 7100 block Vantage Way: A business reported that four fraudulent cheques were created and deposited into various accounts of different banks. Police contacted the banks who will pursue their own investigation. Complainant notified that offences took place in Burnaby and Vancouver, respectively, and advised to contact VPD and Burnaby RCMP to further pursue this investigation.

Aug. 2, 9:03 p.m., 4900 block Coleman Place: A break and enter was reported to a residence that occurred while the homeowners were away. The complainant said that $700 and a Samsung Tablet valued at $200 was taken from his residence. The complainant confirmed the rear patio door to the residence was left unlocked and an unlocked door that connected the lower level suite to the upper level.

Aug. 4, 11:06 a.m., 5000 block 48th Avenue: A business called police to report a client who drove to the location appeared to be intoxicated. The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and detected an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. A roadside breathalyzer test was conducted with a failed result. The driver was transported back to the police station where additional tests were conducted.

Aug. 4, 5 p.m., 5200 block Ladner Trunk Road: A theft of bike report was made as the complainant noticed that his bike lock was snipped out and that his bike was gone. The complainant last saw his bicycle an hour prior to reporting the incident as he had locked it up in a bike rack. Area patrols were negative. Value of bike was approximately $1,000.

July 30th to Aug. 5, Various locations: Multiple noise complaints due to loud music and parties. Police attended as required.

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