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Early Saturday afternoon, May 6, an APD Sergeant responded to a boat prowl in progress at the marina on Q Ave. The Sergeant arrived and spoke with the boat owner as well as the suspect, a 28-year old Anacortes man. The owner told police that he had sat down for lunch at an outdoor venue and observed a man unknown to him board his boat that was moored nearby. The owner ran to his boat and confronted the subject who initially told him that he worked for a local boat repair shop and was working on boats moored at the marina. He later admitted that he made a poor choice by entering the boat. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to jail where he was booked on an investigative hold for 1st Degree Vehicle Prowl and Possession of Burglary Tools for two large screwdrivers that were in his possession at the time of the arrest.

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

On Saturday just after 7AM, an APD Officer responded to Storvik Park per the report of a male and female stumbling through the park. The officer responded and spoke with a woman who was in pain due to a recent medical procedure but was otherwise okay. A moment later, the woman’s boyfriend, a 23-year old Anacortes resident known to police, also arrived in the area on foot and was taken into custody for 3 misdemeanor warrants. He was transported to APD and later released after agreeing to appear for court.

Just after 3PM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to a local grocery store to investigate a possible shoplifting incident. Officers arrived and split up to speak with two women suspected of shoplifting. One of the women had approximately $40 worth of personal care items from the store that she concealed. She was taken into custody for theft and a search incident to arrest yielded a glass pipe, tissue paper with suspected methamphetamine residue as well as other paraphernalia containing heroin residue. Additionally, there were several pills located in the woman’s purse, some of which were identified as controlled substances. She was later released from the scene. The 40-year old now faces possible theft and drug/paraphernalia possession charges.

A 32-year old Mount Vernon man was arrested and charged with theft and banned from a local convenience store after APD investigated an alcohol theft report on Saturday afternoon. The suspect said he was “acting stupid” and admitted to taking a cheap bottle of wine from the store. A records check revealed that the man had a felony warrant out of Mount Vernon PD, a misdemeanor out of Mount Vernon PD, and a misdemeanor out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. The jail was not able to take the man, so he was booked and released on his warrants at a local bus stop.

At approximately 7:30PM on Saturday, an APD Officer was dispatched to 29th Street and M Avenue per the report of a disabled white sedan in the roadway that may have hit another vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a white car with substantial damage to the front passenger side and a minivan parked nearby that also had substantial damage. There was a 31-year old Anacortes man in the driver’s seat with watery, bloodshot eyes. Officers asked him what happened and he stated that he had taken his eyes off the road to reach for a cigarette when he struck the parked vehicle. He admitted that he had had a couple drinks at a BBQ and agreed to voluntary sobriety tests. The driver had a difficult time following simple instructions provided during the testing process and demonstrated poor balance throughout. He was taken into custody for DUI and an evidentiary breath sample he provided was approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later provided a courtesy transport to his home and released.

Monday, May 8, 2017

A $6 watermelon was stolen from a local grocery store early Monday morning. A police sergeant recognized a 23-year old male known to police walking by the store carrying a watermelon and when she returned to the area, the melon was smashed on the ground and the man fled. Per store representatives, the man will be served with a one-year ban notice the next time police contact him due to his involvement in the melon theft.

At 11PM on Monday, an APD Sergeant went to the same grocery store she was in earlier that morning and contacted the 23-year old male to provide his trespass notice. At the time of contact, she observed that the male was carrying a bag over his shoulder that was filled with various beverages, including a fifth of whiskey. The man admitted that he had not paid for them and was issued a theft citation in addition to the trespass notice. He was released from the scene.   

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just before 9AM on Friday, an APD Corporal on patrol on D Avenue observed a box truck traveling approximately 9mph over the posted speed limit. The 34-year old Des Moines driver said he was following the truck in front of him and trying to get to the ferry terminal. He also admitted that he did not have a driver’s license and a records check run by the officer confirmed his statement. He was taken into custody and cited and released for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.

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.

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