From Report to Arrest in Short Order: Dead-end Leads Suspect Right to Police

Release Date/Time: March 15, 2017 7:55am
Incident Date/Time: March 07,2017 1:15 a.m.
Location: 5500 blk 16th Avenue South Delta
DPD File: 17-4683

At approximately 0115 a.m. Tuesday March 07, 2017 Delta Police responded to the 5500 blk of 16th Avenue in relation to a report of a theft of a 2003 Ford F150 pick-up truck.

At 0208 a.m., a Delta Police officer, conducting patrols on Ladner Trunk Road near Highway 17A, observed a vehicle that matched the description of the truck that had just been reported stolen. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled continuing southbound on Highway 17A going into the Tsawwassen area.

The suspect was intent on evading police as he continued to drive on damaged tires after failing to stop on two occasions and driving over a spike belt. Police set up containment in order to hem the suspect in the area he was last seen near Ferguson Road.

Not only did the suspect fail to stop for police he failed to realize he drove into an area that led to a  dead-end road.  A K9 unit was on the way so police held their containment points and simply waited.

Within minutes, an officer observed a male (who appeared out of breath) emerge from the foot path walking right toward the police officer’s containment point and was then detained.

Officers located the stolen vehicle nearby and K9 was deployed tracking from the stolen vehicle right to the suspect.

The suspect, 18 year old Zedd ZIMMERMAN of Surrey was taken into custody without further incident. He is currently charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Drive While Disqualified with additional charges pending. ZIMMERMAN remains in custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for March 17, 2017.

Chief Dubord says, “This was a well-coordinated and tenacious effort by the Delta Police patrol officers. They utilized assets and resources available to recover the owner’s vehicle and arrest the offender who faces multiple charges. Cases aren’t often solved this quickly but patrol officers were at the right place at the right time. Community policing is about getting the job done and these officers answered the call.”