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Police had to break down a door at a home on 32nd Street looking for a woman wanted on a DUI warrant and ultimately found her curled up in a ball in the home’s back yard.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol Wednesday afternoon observed a 26 year-old man known to him in the front yard of a home in the 1500 block of 32nd Street. Investigation on scene revealed that the subject had a warrant and he was booked and released. Further investigation revealed that a 42 year-old woman living at that address also had a warrant, for DUI. Backup officers arrived and were allowed to check the residence. All areas were cleared except for an interior room that was locked with a deadbolt. Officers on scene were aware of the home’s layout and residents therein and confirmed that the locked room was the suspect’s. Several verbal commands to open the door were unmet and the door was kicked open. No one was found in the room, but a short time later the suspect was found in the back yard, curled up in a ball. She was taken into custody without incident and a search incident to arrest yielded a few personal items and a folded up cellophane wrapper containing heroin. The suspect admitted that the substance was hers and that she had been injecting it with a needle. She was taken to jail and booked on her warrant as well as additional charges of Resisting Arrest and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, August 15

2:35 am.  A 25 year-old Anacortes man was contacted by an APD Officer in the 4000 block of ‘A’ Avenue for driving a vehicle with an inoperable headlight. The driver provided a Washington State ID card as his only form of identification and became upset, stating that he was only doing a friend a favor by driving her vehicle home and he didn’t want to go to jail since he did not currently have a driver’s license. Investigation by the officer confirmed that the subject’s license had been suspended since 2014 and he was taken into custody and cited for Driving without a License 3rd Degree. He was then provided a courtesy transport to his residence.

Monday, August 17

9:03 pm.  A 24 year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on Monday morning by an Anacortes Police Officer who observed the woman hiding in a row of shopping carts at a local grocery store. The woman is known to police and when contacted, stated that she had a Department of Corrections felony warrant. The officers on scene confirmed the warrant and in the process of taking her into custody and searching her incident to arrest, discovered pieces of aluminum foil, eleven straws/pens, eleven plastic baggies, and a measuring device, each containing heroin residue. Also discovered in the woman’s belongings were approximately $112 worth of food items and office supplies that the woman admitted to stealing from the store. She was taken into custody for her warrant and additional charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 3rd Degree Theft and transported to the station. She was later released to a Department of Corrections Officer due to her DOC warrant.

Tuesday, August 18

3:00 pm.  A 44 year-old Oak Harbor man was issued an infraction for Unsafe or Improper Backing on Tuesday afternoon when the Chevrolet van he was driving backed into a late model Toyota pickup causing reportable damage to the passenger side of the pickup. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a local gas station. There were no injuries.

5:51 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer contacted a 34 year-old woman in the 800 block of 26th Street and arrested her on an outstanding warrant for her arrest for Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing Law Enforcement out of Mount Vernon. The woman eluded the officer by parking in an alleyway and slouching down in her seat as she passed by. The alert officer contacted the woman and investigation on scene revealed her warrants. She was taken into custody and transported to APD where she was later released and provided with a new Mount Vernon Municipal Court date.

10:31pm.  A concerned citizen called 911 to report a Toyota sedan driving erratically and nearly striking a few vehicles in the roadway. An APD Sergeant and Officer contacted the 48 year-old female driver of the vehicle in the 1000 block of M Avenue. The woman, who smelled strongly of intoxicants, agreed to participate in voluntary field sobriety tests, and stepped out of her vehicle to do so, nearly losing her balance. Poor performance on the tests and a portable breath test result of nearly three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle prompted the officer to place the woman under arrest for DUI. As the woman had been convicted of a previous DUI offense in 2010, she was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on her charges.

Wednesday, August 19

6:50 am.  A resident on H Avenue contacted police early Wednesday morning to report that someone had ransacked his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. Nothing of value appeared to be missing and no damage to the vehicle was sustained. There are no suspects.

Thursday, August 20

12:14 pm.  The driver of a Honda Accord was contacted by an Anacortes PD Officer on SR 20 for expired tabs on her vehicle. Further investigation on scene revealed that the 51 year-old Anacortes woman had an expired driver’s license for an unpaid ticket. She was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and released from the scene.

6:18 pm.  A vehicle parked on 8th Street in Anacortes was accessed via an open window sometime on Thursday afternoon. The victim told police that a paycheck had been stolen from his vehicle, but nothing else of note was missing. There are no suspects. 

6:40 pm.  A resident on J Avenue called police on Thursday afternoon to report the theft of a FedEx package from her porch sometime during the day. The package contained an electronic item valued at approximately $200. There are no suspects.

9:41 pm.  A 37 year-old Everett man was cited for Criminal Trespassing on Thursday afternoon per a report from a local grocery store employee who reported that she saw the man in the store that afternoon after he was removed earlier in the day and told not to return. Police contacted the man at a nearby gas station and he showed the officer a copy of the signed trespass (do not return) form he had been given. He was cited for trespassing and released from the scene.

August 21

12:38 pm.  A woman contacted Police a little after noon on Friday to report that her car had been broken into while parked at the high school sometime in the previous half-hour. The suspect took the victim’s purse which contained bank and credit cards as well as her driver’s license. There are no suspects. 

Updated Monday, August 24 to add new items.