Police Beat

Police investigated several reported car prowls this week, with two reported on Memorial Day with losses of about $1,000 each.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thirty gallons of gas was siphoned from a moving truck parked on T Avenue sometime between May 22nd and 25th. The victim requested extra police patrols. There are no suspects at this time.

An unoccupied Mini Cooper rolled out of a steep driveway on Lowman Circle and struck an oncoming Ford sedan that was driving westbound on Anaco Beach Road. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage but no one was injured. The Cooper owner was ticketed for his unattended vehicle striking another vehicle.

A representative from a fast food restaurant called 911 to report that a man and woman came into the store, removed beverage cups from the trash, and filled them up with soda. The store wants the two subjects banned from the store and they will be issued their notices the next time police encounter them.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor driver was driving south on Commercial Avenue near the intersection of 39th Street when he became distracted and drove off the road, striking an unoccupied late model Nissan sedan with his pickup, causing reportable damage to both vehicles. The pickup driver was issued an infraction for driving with wheels off roadway. There were no injuries.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Chevrolet coupe was prowled sometime between Friday evening and early Sunday afternoon while parked on Ferry Terminal Road. The rear passenger window was broken out of the car and a touchscreen car stereo and two backpacks, each containing expensive Apple laptops, were stolen. There are no suspects at this time.

A 27th Street resident called police on Sunday to report that someone had gone into her carport and emptied her chest freezer sometime overnight. The victim told police that approximately $350 worth of turkey, roasts, chicken, and hamburgers were stolen in this incident.

APD Officers responded to a domestic dispute between two adult sisters on Sunday afternoon at a hotel on Commercial Avenue. Upon arrival, police spoke with the two sisters who provided a similar version of events—the two were arguing, then the argument turned physical and the 30-year-old sister slapped, then punched her sister. She was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on an assault charge.

APD Officers attempted to capture a loose German Wirehair dog on Sunday afternoon near Anacopper Mine Road and Oakes Avenue. Eventually, the dog’s owner came to the area and took custody of him.

Just before 6PM on Sunday, an APD Officer was dispatched to a business on the 900 block of 17th Street per the report of an SUV that had driven into town on the highway in an unsafe manner. Officers arrived at the store and spoke with the reporting party who provided a brief description of the male driver and told them that the man had fallen out of the vehicle when he arrived at the business. Officers spoke with the driver as he walked to his vehicle a few minutes later. The driver was a 68-year-old from La Conner. He told the officers that he tripped when he got out of the car. The officers noticed that the man’s speech was slurred and he had a hard time balancing. He took some roadside tests and displayed clues consistent with intoxication. He was detained for suspicion of DUI and later admitted that he had driven to the store at which point he was placed under arrest. He was taken to the police station for DUI processing and provided a breath sample indicating that he was over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a sober friend.

A 25-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way on Sunday evening when he was turning onto Commercial Avenue from 26th Street and struck the side of a large sedan that was passing by. The collision caused reportable damage to both vehicles, but no one was injured.

Just before midnight on Sunday night APD Officers contacted a local 50-year-old man at Washington Park after receiving a call from a park employee who told officers that the man was banned from the park just under a year ago. The man was yelling loudly at officers upon their arrival, but ultimately calmed down and was taken into custody for trespassing without incident. He was driven out of the park in a patrol car and later released after receiving a copy of his citation.

Monday, May 28, 2018

A 26-year-old Mount Vernon man with one felony warrant and one misdemeanor warrant was arrested while riding a mountain bike along 32nd Street. A search incident to arrest revealed pills that are considered controlled substances and he was not able to provide a prescription for them. He was subsequently booked in the county jail on his warrants and an investigative hold for violation of the uniformed controlled substances act.

A vehicle prowl resulted in the theft of approximately $1,000 in electronics and $300 in tools and sporting equipment from a vehicle parked on Ferry Terminal Road. The prowl occurred sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon. There are no suspects.

 A woman called police early Monday evening to report that someone had broken into an SUV she borrowed. Investigation on scene revealed that over $1,000 worth of items belonging to the vehicle owner were stolen in the incident. The perpetrator gained access to the vehicle by breaking the rear quarter window. There are no suspects at this time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The APD K-9 Officer was on patrol on SR 20 on Wednesday night when he observed an older model SUV driving 69 mph on westbound SR 20 in the 55 mph zone. The 33-year-old Mount Vernon driver admitted to speeding, stating that he was on his way to work. The driver also volunteered that his license was suspended. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of 2016. He was taken into custody for Driving with Suspended License and later released with a copy of his citation and a traffic infraction for speeding.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A K Avenue resident called police on Thursday to report that sometime after 4PM on Wednesday, someone had etched a derogatory word on his stained fence. The victim had no idea who was responsible for the damage to his property.

Just after 5PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on 12th Street observed an older model Volkswagen turn eastbound on 12th Street behind him after making an illegal turn eastbound on 12th Street from O Avenue. The officer made a traffic stop on the car and the driver admitted that he wasn’t supposed to make the turn. The 28-year-old Anacortes driver also admitted that his license was suspended. He was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended and cited and released for driving with suspended license and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

A 32-year-old Bellingham man was given a $187 traffic ticket for making an illegal u-turn across double-yellow lines on southbound SR 20. The driver sustained minor injuries when he turned in front of an SUV that was legally driving southbound on SR 20 from Sharpes Corner. His car was heavily damaged and it was towed from the scene.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A K Avenue resident called police on Friday morning to report that sometime overnight his pickup and SUV had sustained dents and large scratches with an estimated repair cost of over $1,000. The damage is thought to have occurred sometime after 6PM the previous evening.

A vehicle was partially blocking the road at the intersection of 22nd Street and R Avenue on Friday morning. As the Community Service Officer responded to investigate, the owner returned with gas to fill the empty tank and move it along.

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.