Police Beat

Ana Anacortes resident was stung by a scam that didn’t involve the Internet when he responded to a letter telling him he had won a $1.5 million jackpot.  Instead of winning, he lost almost $5,000.

An Anacortes man Wednesday contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report that he had received a letter from Publisher’s Clearing House stating that he had won a $1.5 million jackpot. The letter contained a $6,500 check along with a request for him to send $4,800 in the form of five money orders, which he did. Then, the victim determined that the $6,500 check was no good and attempted to contact the company to no avail. He was advised to report the matter to his bank.

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

Saturday, Jan. 17

5:28 pm.  A 21 year-old Oak Harbor man was driving a late model Acura sedan when he ran the stop light at 32nd and Commercial Avenue striking the side of an older BMW 3 Series sedan. The driver was issued a traffic infraction for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices With Accident. There were no injuries.

Sunday, Jan. 18

10:03 am.  A 34 year-old woman was taken into custody on Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence charges on Sunday morning. The woman’s husband contacted Police after a verbal argument regarding the television remote escalated to the point where the woman struck her husband twice in the back of his head with a closed fist. The suspect was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges.

Monday, Jan. 19

12:50 pm.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to a residence on 29th Street per the report of a theft that had occurred sometime earlier in the day. The reporting party stated that approximately $100 worth of electronics had been delivered to her apartment and left on her doorstep by the shipping company, but was no longer present upon her arrival.

4:05 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report that his vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 worth of damage while parked near his residence in West Anacortes. There are no suspects in this case.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

9:49 am.  An Anacortes business contacted Police to report possible fraudulent activity. The employee told the responding Anacortes PD Officer that the business had signed a contract with Yellow Book approximately four years ago with the understanding that they were signing up for advertisement rights in the Yellow Pages. The woman said she spoke with a representative from the company, now known as American Yellow Group, to cancel the contract but continued to receive invoices and threatening letters which state that the business will be sent to collections if payment is not received. An online search of American Yellow Group suggested that the company is associated with illegitimate billing scams and fraudulent Yellow Pages listing scams. The woman was advised to discontinue contact with the company.

1:09 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted Police to report graffiti painted on his shop on the east side of Anacortes. Approximate cost to repair will total $1,500. Per the victim, the damage occurred sometime between Saturday and early Tuesday afternoon. Anacortes Police responded and documented the damage, but there are no suspects at this time.

8:05 pm.  A 31 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody by Anacortes Police Tuesday evening following the report of a man drinking in public and howling at the corner of 4th Street and Commercial Avenue. Anacortes Officers responded to the scene and noticed that the man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and a large bottle of whiskey was nearby on the ground. Though the subject refused to identify himself, he was familiar to the Officers and was issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct and transported home at his request.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

1:50 pm.  A 68 year-old Anacortes man was issued a traffic infraction for Improper Passing on the Right With Accident. The man was driving his Toyota Pickup southbound on Commercial Avenue near the intersection of 22nd Street when he attempted to pass a Volkswagen Jetta in front of him on the right side. The Jetta turned right and was struck by the Toyota, causing reportable damage to the VW, but no reportable damage to the pickup. There were no injuries.

2:05 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a cold burglary complaint at a residence near Anaco Beach Road. A family member of the homeowner contacted Police to report that the lock from a detached shed had been removed but he was unsure if any of the contents of the shed had been removed. There are no suspects in this case.

2:51 pm.  A resident on N Avenue contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report that her silver extended cab 1988 Toyota Pickup with Washington license plate B69371P had been stolen sometime since January 17th. If you have any information about the whereabouts of this vehicle please call the Anacortes Police Department tip line at 360-299-1985.