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An Anacortes Police officer was taking a stolen vehicle report from a woman when a call came in that it had been stopped by a Swinomish officer.

A 29-year-old Anacortes woman called police on Sunday, Aug, 20, to report her red Jeep had just been stolen from in front of the residence on Eighth Street. The keys were inside the unlocked vehicle. While talking with the woman, the officer heard a Swinomish officer was attempting to stop the jeep, which was occupied by two people. A man, who had warrants, and woman were detained. The Anacortes officer and the woman went to the scene. The woman noted a variety of items in the jeep that did not belong to her. Those items -- including new clothing with price and security tags, new shoes and several screwdrivers -- were removed. The man was arrested on his warrants by Swinomish officers and faces additional charges.

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

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

A 22-year-old Anacortes man faces a theft charge after reportedly stealing a can of Fosters beer from a grocery store around 10 p.m. The man, who is known to officers, left before they arrived. Two nights later the man returned to the grocery store and a manager called police. He was found in the beer aisle and trespassed.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

It will cost about $50 to replace a changing table that was broken off the wall in a restroom at Storvik Park. There are no suspects.

Around 9:40 a.m. a resident called police about an injured raccoon at Volunteer Park. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was unable to take the call. When the officer arrived, a city employee was attempting to free the raccoon from a trap. It appeared the trap had been set elsewhere, the chain broke, and it later got stuck in a storm drain. The city employee was able to cut the spring to the trap and free the raccoon’s foot. The raccoon fled. The officer noted there was no blood or open wound and the raccoon appeared healthy. It is unknown who set the trap.

A 69-year-old Anacortes man called police after a 59-year-old Edmonds man entered his unlocked house and claimed he was from the future. The man left when asked to. The man later returned to the area and was taken to Island Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Officers responded to the report of a fight between a man and a woman at a grocery store around 3:30 p.m. Officers contacted a 37-year-old woman at the scene who said she fell over and there was no physical fight. Officers noted she was intoxicated. A manager reviewed surveillance footage, which corroborated her story. The woman was given a ride to a local motel.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Police were called to a party on G Avenue where a group of intoxicated people were reportedly trying to fight with each other around 12:42 a.m. Officers talked to the party-goers, who said they were just clowning around. They were apologetic and agreed to keep the noise level down.

A man turned in a bag of suspected methamphetamine he found on the ground adjacent to a picnic table at Seafarers’ Memorial Park. The contents were field-tested and did appear to be meth. It will be destroyed.

A 35-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after she reportedly hit her husband while in the car on the way home and the fight continued at home. When officers arrived, they noted the woman appeared intoxicated. One of the couple’s children called police and left the line open, so dispatchers could hear what sounded like a man and woman arguing. The woman was booked into jail.

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Someone called to report two dogs had been left overnight at the dog park on Q Avenue and there didn’t appear to be an owner. It is not permitted to leave dogs inside unattended. One dog, a female cocker spaniel, had many large mats and was extremely dirty. The second dog, a black and white border collie, was in good condition. Both dogs were ravenous when fed.

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after reportedly hitting his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend, injuring her lip. He claimed the injury was an accident and that his ex-girlfriend had put her arm around his neck from behind. There were no marks on his neck. Officers noted a small amount of blood on the woman’s lip.

A 33-year-old woman reported a case of fraud after trying to rent an Anacortes home through Craigslist. She and her husband were moving here and looking for a rental. The woman said the interaction felt suspicious but only after she provided some personal information to the alleged landlord. She later went by the residence and saw a for sale sign. The officer discussed steps to take to protect her information.

An employee at a business in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue reported the theft of a $300 iPad mini sometime since Monday.

A 27-year-old Anacortes woman called police after locking herself in the bathroom to get away from a 20-year-old woman in her home who was not allowed to be there. The 27-year-old said she came home from work and the woman was in the shower. There were also food items left out and it appeared the woman had been in the home for a while. The 27-year-old woman said she was going to call police since the other woman could not be there. The woman allegedly grabbed her from behind and tried to pull her to the ground. She told officers she didn’t want to press charges and just wants the woman to stay away and get help. The 20-year-old woman was persuaded to put on clothes and was arrested. She faces charges of residential burglary, assault and possession of marijuana.

An Anacortes officer noticed a small plastic baggie wrapped in a piece of tissue paper in the elevator at Skagit County Jail after transporting a suspect. It appeared to be methamphetamine. The officer told jail staff, who asked that it be destroyed. The officer did not believe the baggie belonged to the transported suspect.

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

A 43-year-old Anacortes woman called to report someone had climbed aboard a boat stored on Stevenson Road and took more than $2,200 worth of downriggers. There was no attempted entry into the cabin.

Two dog owners were reminded not to allow their dogs to run off-leash at the Cabana park in Skyline. There are signs posted that dogs must be on leash and the groundskeeper has reminded the two owners multiple times. One owner, a 64-year-old Anacortes man, has also previously been warned not to allow his dog to run off-leash at Tugboat Park.

Police were called to a verbal fight at Storvik Park that was escalating between two groups of teenage girls around 6:15 p.m. The argument was over a social media issue. Both groups said nothing physical had happened and agreed to stay separate. They were counseled on appropriate behavior in front of children and were allowed to leave.

A 52-year-old Anacortes woman and a 37-year-old man had recently decided to split up after only being in their new residence for about two weeks. They had been arguing over who should move out and both eventually called 911 to get an officer’s opinion. The officer told them he could not force either party to leave and counseled them to stay separated until they had cooled down. Less than an hour later, the officer was dispatched back to the address. The woman was collecting furniture to minimize moving time the next day. She asked the officer to document that none of her things were damaged and to warn the man not to do anything to them overnight.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

A 32-year-old Anacortes woman reported an intoxicated man had approached her and her 9-year-old daughter at Washington Park and threatened to shoot the woman. Police spoke with a 39-year-old Everett man, who said the woman was making noise and disturbing the peace so he asked her to quiet down. He denied threatening to shoot her. The man said he planned to leave the next morning.

A $1,500 electric jackhammer was reported stolen sometime in the last week from a business in the 2600 block of Commercial Avenue. There are no suspects.

A 29-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after reportedly punching her boyfriend’s mother in the face during an argument. A 25-year-old Anacortes man at the home was also taken into custody on a felony out-of-state warrant for terrorist threats after reportedly making a threat to bomb a donut shop via social media some time ago. Both were booked into jail.

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

The animal control officer received a report of a dog stuck in a wall of a house. The officer was able to free the dog by crawling underneath the house. The caller was in town with her dog visiting relatives.

A grocery store employee called to report a theft in progress. A young man allegedly took bakery items and two bottles of alcohol and placed them in a Safeway bag, leaving the store in a vehicle. An officer caught up with the vehicle and contacted the four occupants. An 18-year-old passenger, who gave several false names, appeared intoxicated. The officer eventually identified the man, who had a warrant for DUI. He faces additional charges of theft, underage drinking and obstructing law enforcement.

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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