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An Anacortes senior was surprised to discover that a new cell phone account had been opened in her name and a new phone shipped to an address in Silverdale.

An Anacortes senior Thursday morning contacted the police department to make a fraud complaint. A few days earlier the woman received a statement from a phone company stating that there was an account opened in her name. In speaking with a representative from the phone company, the victim discovered that a new smart phone was sent to an address in Silverdale, Wash. The account had been opened using the victim's personal information. Further investigation by the victim led to the discovery of a charge on her credit card in excess of $400 that corresponded with the dates provided by the phone company. The victim closed the new phone and credit accounts to alleviate the possibility of future charges. The APD encouraged the woman to provide the information relating to this case to ic3.gov.

Here are some of the other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Saturday, August 16

4:19 pm. Employees of the ferry terminal located on Ferry Terminal Road in Anacortes reported a customer who was causing a scene and yelling at them. The 35-year-old male from Redmond, Ore. was told he was going to be put on standby for the next ferry and stated that the employees overreacted by calling police because he was using vulgar language. The subject was counseled by an Anacortes Police Officer to stop using vulgar language and keep the peace to which he complied.

4:30 pm. A business on the 700 block of Commercial reported a shoplifting incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 pm on that day. An employee of the store spoke with an Anacortes Police Officer and stated that she felt the two suspects, two females in their 20's with dark hair, were acting in a suspicious manner so she kept a close eye on them while they were in the store. They left the store after about an hour with a pair of shoes and a sweater with a combined value of approximately $90.

6:20 pm. An officer observed a vehicle with expired registration tabs traveling southbound on Commercial Avenue. The 30 year-old Anacortes woman was contacted by the officer who noticed there were four juveniles in the backseat of the vehicle and the driver confirmed that there were only three seatbelts. The driver was asked to provide her license, registration, and proof of insurance but was unable to provide any of the documentation. The driver was issued a criminal citation for driving with license suspended 3rd degree and a citation for operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance and failure to use proper child restraints. The subject was issued a verbal warning for no ID on person, no registration, and expired registration. All parties exited the vehicle at the location the contact was made.

Sunday, August 17

1:45 am. An officer on patrol observed a vehicle on Commercial Ave. being driven erratically for several city blocks. A traffic stop was initiated at 25th Street and Commercial and the 26-year-old Anacortes man was contacted. The officer observed a strong odor of intoxicants and the subject's speech was slow and slurred. The man was asked how much alcohol he had consumed and he responded with "a few." He also stated that he would take the tests and probably fail them and he probably shouldn't be driving. The subject took a breath test which yielded a result of over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The subject was taken into custody and read his rights which he understood and again stated that he should not have been driving. The driver was cited for DUI charges.

9:21 am. The Anacortes Police were dispatched to a medical facility on the 1200 block of 24th Street in response to a report from staff that a 29-year-old La Conner man was leaving their facility on his own but due to his high level of intoxication needed to be released to someone. After speaking with an officer the subject agreed to wait for a family member to pick him up.

11:51 pm. A resident from the 1500 block of 17th Street reported a male in his early 20's looking at a neighbor's house and then running off when he realized the resident was watching him. The area was checked by officers but the suspect was not found.

Monday, August 18

9:45 am. A female subject was contacted in Washington Park following a report of a woman yelling in the park at no one in particular. She provided officers with the name "Aurora" when asked. The subject declined an offer of assistance by the officer and went on her way. Since she had not committed a crime, no citations were issued.

9:47 am. A 68-year-old Anacortes man reported damage done to his vehicle at the ferry terminal on I Ave. in Anacortes. His vehicle sustained a long key mark along the driver's side door and up the front quarter panel. There was also a ding on the passenger door that appeared to be new. There are no suspects at this time.

11:33 am. The caregiver for a 59-year-old Anacortes woman reported a cold burglary that resulted in the loss of several electronic items valued at approximately $4,500. The victim's home had sustained damage from a fire several days earlier and a vendor performing work at the home noticed that the rear door of the residence was unlocked and opened upon their arrival earlier that day. There are no suspects at this time.

12:08 pm A 47-year-old Burlington woman was arrested after driving off the roadway and causing damage to a fence on the 1100 block of 28th Street. An officer responded to the area and noticed an unoccupied vehicle that fit the description given by the reporting party. The vehicle was in the middle of a nearby roundabout blocking traffic with its front passenger side tire up on the sidewalk. A witness approached the officer and stated that she saw the subject exit the vehicle and headed northbound on Commercial Avenue on the west side of the street. The witness was also able to provide a description of the subject, including the clothing she was wearing. This description aided the responding officers in the apprehension of the subject and subsequent citations for hit-and-run unattended property damage, no insurance, and negligent driving.

Tuesday, August 19

2:12 am. A 23-year-old Anacortes man is a suspect in a stolen vehicle case that occurred on the 1900 block of Copper Pond Place. The victim was contacted by the Burlington Police Department at 1:50 am that evening stating that they had his vehicle in their possession. They asked him if anyone had permission to use his vehicle that evening and he said no. The victim was able to provide a description of the recovered vehicle and it was released to him by BPD.

1:53 pm. A 47-year-old Anacortes woman returned to her residence on M Ave. and discovered that three juvenile males had entered her home earlier in the day without permission and harassed her juvenile daughter and some friends by physically pushing them and pouring water on them while she was at work. The woman did not want to press charges but did want the boys to know that their behavior was unacceptable. The juvenile males and their parents were contacted to admonish the subjects for their behavior.

Wednesday, August 20

12:06 am. A local 33-year-old male and 30-year-old female were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical on the 4300 block of Tyler Way. The female subject showed up at the address unannounced and let herself into the residence. The two individuals got into a verbal argument and the female subject, later found out to be in violation of a No-Contact Order, spit on the male subject and physically hit him in response to his attempt to call 911 for help. Soon after the report was given an officer located the female subject driving her car nearby, took her into custody, and transported her to the Skagit County Jail.

8:02 am. Anacortes Police received an anonymous call for a 26-year-old Anacortes woman with a No-Bail Felony warrant. Officers responded to a residence on Parkside Drive, were allowed inside, and located the female subject within the residence. She was subsequently taken into custody and transported to Skagit County Jail.

5:33 pm. The store manager at a business on the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue witnessed a patron staggering at the counter in his store then proceeding to the driver's seat of his vehicle and driving off. The 66-year-old Anacortes man was contacted by police a short time later driving erratically in the westbound lane of Oakes Avenue. His breath test results were well above the legal limit for safely operating a motor vehicle and he was charged with a DUI.

6:23 pm. An Anacortes PD Officer helped a young girl who got lost while out on a bike ride searching for her lost dog. The young girl was new to town so was not exactly sure where she lived or how to get there. With some research and help from dispatch, the officer was able to locate the girl's home and return her safely to her father.

Thursday, August 21

1:21 am. An Anacortes PD Officer was on patrol on the 2500 block of Oakes Avenue. The officer was passed by a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old Mount Vernon man with a Department of Corrections felony warrant for his arrest. The man was contacted at a nearby convenience store, taken into custody, and transported to the Skagit County Jail.

10:24 am. An individual on West 3rd Street reported a male subject checking gates and looking in home windows near the 3400 block of that street. According to the report, the subject was a balding man in his 50's wearing shorts and a brightly colored suit jacket.

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