South Delta Crime Beat: Driver speeds past police – and then accelerates

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 Delta police responded to in the previous week:

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June 27, 9:57 p.m., 400-block of English Bluff Road: Complainant called police to report a loud group of youths congregating at and possibly vandalizing English Bluff Elementary. On arrival, police located the group which apologized, picked up the garbage and moved along without any issues. Police conducted a walk-around of the school and did not observe any vandalism or broken glass. Complainant was updated.

June 27, 10:23 p.m., 6000-block of 17A Avenue: Complainant called police reporting hearing loud voices coming from the beach, and firecrackers going off on the road. On arrival, police conducted foot patrol on the beach and dike, but did not locate anyone. Police spoke with the complainant who stated the issue of youths being loud and vandalizing had been going on for years. Police advised they would conduct more patrols in the area.

June 28, 1:29 p.m., Centennial Park: Metro Vancouver Parks requested police attend to assist with traffic control at the Centennial Beach parking lot. Police attended and observed area to be busy with the parking lot overflowing. Delta bylaws were unable to assist due to traffic concerns elsewhere. Police attended to assisted Metro Vancouver employees in control over traffic flow.

June 29, 8:19 p.m., 1100-block of Bayview Drive: Complainant reported that his lawnmower, valued at approximately $500, had been stolen from outside his house. Complainant advised the lawnmower was at the end of his driveway, just out of view while he was weeding and listening to music on headphones. When he returned to start mowing his lawn, the mower was gone. Police suggested that given the location where the mower was left that someone may have thought the mower was being thrown out. Area patrols were negative.

July 1, 11:22 p.m., 1200-block of 55th Street: Police were conducting proactive enforcement for impaired drivers for Summer Counterattack when officers noticed a male slowly stagger to and from his vehicle in the parking lot. The male occupied the driver’s seat of the vehicle and exited the parking lot. Traffic stop was conducted, and a distinct odour of liquor was on the breath of the driver. The driver provided a breath sample to which he blew a “FAIL.” Driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded.

July 4, 9:32 p.m., 500-block of Centennial Parkway: Complainant reported that two males were smoking marijuana inside a car parked at Centennial Beach. Police attended and spoke with the driver who advised that his passenger was smoking a nicotine vape pen. Passenger allowed police to inspect the vape pen which was only meant for nicotine. Neither the driver nor passenger smelled of marijuana or displayed any signs of impairment.


June 27, 3:26 p.m., 3100-block of 53rd Street: Complainant advised the driver of an SUV was tailgating and driving erratically, and provided police with the licence plate number. Police spoke with the driver, and issued a verbal warning. Driver was compliant and apologetic.

June 29, 2:49 p.m., 7000-block of River Road: Complainant reported that earlier that day an unknown person came into the employee parking lot and stole a backpack and lunch cooler out of a vehicle with an open window. Approximate value of theft: $100. The cooler was recovered a short distance away.

June 30, 6:28 p.m., 4600-block of 53rd Street: Complainant called police to report a theft of her bike and bike trailer from the underground parkade of her apartment. No forced entry to the parkade noted.

July 1, 9:51 p.m., 4000-block of River Reach: A Canada Day party with approximately 30 youths inside a residence generated an anonymous noise complaint. Police attended and spoke the person throwing the party. He shut down the party and the youths left without incident.

July 2, 7:23 a.m., 7000-block of Highway 17: Vehicle sped past an unmarked police car with front radar locking the speed at 111 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. Vehicle then proceeded to increase speed to 130 km/h. Driver was served an excessive speed violation ticket and car was impounded.

July 5, 10:17 a.m., 5000-block of Grove Ave: Complainant reported that at 2:15 a.m. two unknown males broke into and tried to steal his truck that was parked in his driveway. Police attended and observed the driver side door lock and the ignition were punched with an unknown tool (estimated damage: $1,000). Complainant advised that nothing was stolen, and that the truck did not start because it required a FOB.

July 5, 2:15 p.m., 5000-block of Central Avenue: Complainant reported that sometime overnight an unknown person punched the passenger door lock and pried the keyhole cover on the ignition to his truck. Valuable tools and wallet with cash were left inside the vehicle.

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