South Delta Crime Beat: Police arrive in time to foil dine and dash

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

Dec. 30, 3:26 p.m., 1100-block of 56th Street: Police received a complaint from a restaurant regarding a male attempting to dine and dash. Police attended restaurant and arrested the individual in the restaurant lobby.

Dec. 30, 3:10 p.m., 5600-block of 9th Avenue: Complainant called police to report a B&E on her vacant home. Complainant had noticed that her large silver platters had been taken as well as her black Jimmy Choo sunglasses. Total value of theft: $2,000. Residence was vacant and undergoing significant renovation.

Dec. 30, 7:01 p.m., 5600-block of Highway 17: Police received reports of an erratic driver near Highway 17 and 56th Street. The complainant stated the vehicle took a wide turn onto 56th Street and struck the curb. Police attended with negative patrols.

Dec. 31, 7:41 p.m., 5600-block of 4th Avenue:Police were notified of a possible impaired driver passing into Canada. Police immediately approached the vehicle. The driver had a faint odour of liquor on his breath. After the consequences of a refusal were explained, the driver provided a breath sample that registered as a fail. Driver received a 90-day driving prohibition. Vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days.

Dec. 31, 5:41 p.m., 1400-block of 55th Street: Complainant called police reporting she sent an e-transfer of $240 to someone she met on Craigslist to purchase hockey tickets but the tickets were fraudulent when she arrived at the game. Complainant has since called the number back with no answer. Complainant advised to exercise caution when buying tickets online from unverified vendors.

Jan. 1, 12:33 a.m., 1500-block of Beach Grove Road:Complainant reported a group of people setting off fireworks on the beach. Police attended with negative patrols. Fireworks were likely set off around midnight to celebrate the New Year.

Ladner

Dec. 30, 9:37 a.m., 7000-block of Ladner Trunk Road: Complainant reported that sometime overnight his son's vehicle had all the windows smashed. The vehicle had considerable damage as lights were broken, mirrors knocked off, holes in the sun roof and numerous dents. Nothing stolen. No tools, weapons or debris left behind. Approximately $4,000 worth of damage.

Jan. 1, 12:47 a.m., 5100-block of Central Avenue:Complainant reported youths setting off firecrackers in garbage cans in the field of Hawthorne Elementary. Police conducted foot patrol of the school where spent Roman candles were located in a metal garbage can. Fireworks already extinguished.

Jan. 1, 8:46 p.m., 4800-block of Turnbuckle Wynd:Complainant called police reporting the theft of a package containing a back massager ($50) from outside his front door. The theft occurred at 3:49 a.m. on Dec. 31 when he was out of town.

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