Police Beat

No serious problems over the July Fourth holiday, but police did end up warning several residents to stop shooting off fireworks.

Fireworks-related cases...

Monday, July 3

An officer contacted a family throwing pop-its in the street and informed them of the regulations on fireworks in the city limits.

Tuesday, July 4

A 15-year-old Anacortes boy was talked to after someone reported kids in the area of N Avenue lighting off fireworks around 6 p.m. The teen said they were done.

Police contacted a 17-year-old Everett boy reportedly setting off fireworks at Storvik Park around 8:15 p.m. He admitted to setting off one firework and said he didn’t have more. He was warned not to use fireworks in the city limits.

Police contacted a 44-year-old Anacortes man who was setting off fireworks with his kids around 9:22 p.m. in the 1100 block of 34th St. Once an officer arrived, the man said they’d finished and were just watching all the other fireworks.

Three mortar balls were confiscated from a 46-year-old Anacortes man after someone called about fireworks behind a restaurant on the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue around 10 p.m. The man reportedly told police he knew they were illegal but he was just lighting a few off for his kids.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Sunday, July 2

A 44-year-old man, a 17-year-old Anacortes boy and an 18-year-old Anacortes woman were admonished for stealing plywood from a construction site on R Avenue near 24th Street and taking it to the skate park. They returned the plywood to the site.

An Anacortes resident found a driver’s license and bankcard on a trail near Cranberry Lake. The items were returned to the owner.

A 56-year-old La Conner woman reported her wallet was missing. She believes she left it in the cart while at a local grocery store.

A Pelican case, air compressor, lead-acid batteries and a pair of pliers were reported stolen out of the unlocked truck bed of a vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Ferry Terminal Road. There was also damage to the vehicle. Estimated loss and damage is nearly $700.

Monday, July 3

An officer on bike patrol near Rotary Park saw a bike sitting out near the trailhead to the disc golf course. The officer found a tent nearby with a woman inside. The officer told the 47-year-old Mount Vernon woman that camping isn’t allowed in the city park. She said she and her boyfriend were just passing through. A man then rode up on a bike. The woman had four warrants for her arrest and the 33-year-old man had two warrants. The jail declined to book either of them and they were booked and released. They packed up their belongings and said they were headed to Mount Vernon.

A 28-year-old Ferndale woman was arrested on a charge of physical control of a vehicle while under the influence and having an open alcoholic container. A 24-year-old Everett woman, who was a passenger, was cited for having an open alcoholic container in the vehicle. The two women were found in a vehicle with two flat tires in the 12000 block of Reservation Road around 12:38 a.m. after a caller reported seeing an erratically driven Cadillac. The driver provided several stories to explain how the tires were flattened. The driver was eventually transported to Island Hospital for a blood draw after the officer received a search warrant. She was transported to jail.

A 25-year-old Bellingham woman was transported to Island Hospital after employees at a business on March Point called police because she was trying to get into the building even though they were closed. The employee calling thought the woman was on drugs and they were scared to go out to their car. When officers arrived the woman reportedly sat down, pulled out a glass meth pipe and smoked in front of them. The woman is known to police and has a reportedly significant drug and mental health history. The next day, the woman returned to the business looking for her backpack, which had previously been picked up by police for safekeeping. She was trespassed from the business.

Tuesday, July 4

An employee at a business in the 900 block of Commercial Avenue reported a woman behind the business burning an American flag. The officer contacted the 28-year-old Anacortes women and observed the remnants of a small American flag on the ground. The manager asked that she be banned from the business property.

Wednesday, July 5

A grocery store employee called police about a possible assault. The officer talked to a 23-year-old Lopez Island man who said he had not been assaulted. The scrape mark on his nose was from when he fell a few days ago.

A 64-year-old Mount Vernon woman called to report a man driving slowly past her while she was on her run. The man shouted to her but she was unable to hear due to her music. It was later determined the man was looking for his dog.

A $250 Diamondback men’s mountain bike was reported stolen at Anacortes Marina. The reporting party said he locked his bike and his wife’s bike mid-day on July 4. The net morning he found the cable to the bike locks cut and his bike gone.

Police received a report of a domestic incident at a local fast food restaurant around 3:30 p.m. A 23-year-old Anacortes man and a 20-year-old Anacortes woman told officers they were arguing because the man lost his wallet in the area. They were driving around looking for it. Both said nothing physical happened. Around 8 p.m. the couple were contacted again after someone reported a possible domestic incident near Seafarers’’ Memorial Park. Both said they were just arguing.

Theft charges are pending against a 53-year-old Anacortes man allegedly shoplifted a shampoo and conditioner, Bluetooth speakers and a pair of Craig headphones from a store in the 1500 block of Commercial Ave.

Friday, July 7

Someone reported a person in her I Avenue driveway in a black hoodie with a wheelbarrow. Officers arrived in the area within 30 seconds and did not find anyone matching that description. Officers checked the surrounding area and didn’t find any evidence of vehicle prowls or burglaries.

A local thrift store volunteer reported items dumped overnight, including a red loveseat. Surveillance video showed a woman driving a white U-Haul van and a male passenger leaving the loveseat behind. A city dump truck was summoned to collect the loveseat.

Someone entered a residence under construction in the 2200 block of 10th Street and reportedly stole a $200 spider box. It was noted the residence is secured during non-working hours. Entry may have been made by climbing construction scaffolding.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.