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Some Grinch stole Santa and a yard display from a home just days before Christmas.

UPDATED to add Dec. 24 & Dec 25...

Rudolph, the Abominable Snowman, and Santa with accompanying reindeer were stolen from the front lawn of an Anacortes home sometime during the night of Monday, Dec. 21st.There are no suspects, but the APD is hoping to speak with the grinch in the upcoming days.

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

Saturday, Dec. 20

12:11 am.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a call from an apartment on 23rd Street. The reporting party stated that there was an intoxicated woman outside her door who stated that she lived at that location, but it was not her home. Officers responded and witnessed the subject fumbling with a set of keys, swaying back and forth, and trying to maintain her balance. The officers determined that the 17 year-old woman was highly intoxicated and was approximately one block away from her actual residence. She was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where she continued to demonstrate symptoms of intoxication such as extreme lack of balance to the point of having to be held by officers supporting her on both sides. The woman was charged with Minor in Possession/Consumption of intoxicants and released to her mother from the Police Department.

1:16 pm.  The Anacortes Police took a report from an Anacortes resident who received a fraudulent phone call from someone posing as her grandson. The caller stated that he had been in an accident and needed $5,000, which was then lowered to $3,000. The reporting party confirmed that the call was fraudulent and no funds were exchanged.

Sunday, Dec. 21

1:53 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on the 4500 block of Oakes Avenue observed a yellow sports car stuck in the ditch on the south side of the road. The Officer contacted a 22 year-old man on scene who later identified himself as the driver of the vehicle and claimed that he must have been driving too fast when driving through the bend several blocks away. The Officer asked the man if he had been drinking and he stated that he had one beer earlier in the evening. The subject performed poorly on roadside tests and was taken into custody and transported to the APD for DUI processing. A breath test administered at the department resulted in a reading of over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The subject was charged with a DUI and released from the APD to a sober friend.

5:39 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a business on the 1600 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a shoplifter who left the store with over $200 in items she had not paid for. The 49 year-old La Conner woman told the Officer that she was hungry which is why she opted to take the items. Further investigation by the Officer revealed that the woman also had four warrants—three for Theft 3rd Degree and one for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License out of Burlington, Mount Vernon, and District Court. The woman was transported to the Anacortes Police Department where she was booked and released on her warrants, charged with Third Degree Theft, and given a Trespass notice from the store. She was provided a courtesy transport back to the store where she was picked up by a family member.

9:03 pm.  Two individuals traveling in a 1991 minivan were contacted via traffic stop by an Anacortes Police Sergeant on the 900 block of 17th Street in Anacortes. After doing some research on the driver, the Sergeant confirmed that the 31 year-old woman driving the vehicle was doing so unlawfully as her license had been suspended since September 2014, which provided probable cause for the contact. The female driver was given a citation for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. Further investigation also revealed that the 33 year-old Mount Vernon man who was a passenger in the vehicle had a no contact order with the female driver as well as a Department of Corrections warrant. He was taken into custody and charged with felony Violation of a No Contact Order (his third since 2012). An Officer then transported the male passenger to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked for his warrant and new charge.

Monday, Dec. 22

8:25 pm.  A 47 year-old Anacortes man was booked into the Skagit County Jail late Monday night on two warrants for Second Degree Driving With a Suspended License out of the Anacortes Municipal Court and Skagit County District Court respectively and one warrant for First Degree Driving With a Suspended License out of Skagit County District Court. Charges of First Degree Driving With a Suspended License and DUI were also filed on the subject that evening after an Anacortes Police Sergeant witnessed the man driving a black 2003 Escalade through a stop sign, back and forth within his lane of travel, and across the center line on Marine Drive. The Sergeant initiated a traffic stop to speak with the subject who had a difficult time keeping his balance and at one point had to be steadied by the Sergeant to keep him from falling. The subject provided a partial portable breath test, which provided readings of almost two times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrants and new charges.  

Wednesday, Dec. 24

11:07 am.  An Anacortes man residing in an apartment on Commercial Avenue reported that someone had gained access to his residence while he was away for a few days earlier in the month and stolen approximately $70 worth of jewelry.

1:52 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was contacted by a citizen reporting several thousand dollars of illicit account activity. The reporting party believes that her mail was stolen earlier in the month which gave the suspect access to her accounts. The identity of the suspect is unknown at this time.

4:14 pm.  An Anacortes Officer on patrol witnessed a red Ford Mustang parked on the side of Christianson Road. The Officer ran the registration of the vehicle and determined that it had expired in April 2014. The Mustang left the area shortly after the Officer passed in his marked vehicle. The Officer caught up to the Mustang a short distance away on SR 20 and initiated a traffic stop. The 28 year-old Anacortes driver readily admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license and further investigation revealed that it had been expired since November 2010. Additionally, the subject was found to have two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and one Department of Corrections felony warrant. The subject was taken into custody, charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and transported to Mount Vernon where custody was transferred to the Department of Corrections.

Thursday, Dec. 25

7:34 pm.  A late model Hyundai sedan traveling westbound on SR 20 at 77 mph (22 mph over the posted speed limit) was pulled over by an Anacortes Police Officer on Christmas Day. The driver, a 23 year-old Mount Vernon man, told the Officer that he was not paying attention when informed of the reason for the stop. The subject provided an out of state ID card to the Officer and was unable to provide proof of valid insurance. In addition, the subject had warrants out of Bellingham for Driving With a Suspended License and out of Burlington Municipal Court for Minor in Possession. The subject was booked and released at the scene for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and his warrants and given a traffic citation for speeding and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.

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