Police Beat

This qualifies as an "Oops." On Saturday, Mar 21, an Anacortes man reported his boat stolen at a local marina when he discovered that it was missing from its slip. Police contacted the marina manager and discovered that the boat had been accidentally taken and placed in dry storage nearby.

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

Sunday, March 22

12:20 am. Anacortes Police Officers took a call early Sunday morning that was thought to be an in-progress boat theft, but was later determined to be a trespassing incident. Officers were told that three teenage males were on a scrap vessel at a local marina and the reporting party was concerned that the teens were in a dangerous area. Officers contacted the teens who all stated that they were bored and were playing around on a crane in the area. The owner of the marina was contacted and opted to have the three juveniles removed.

11:55 pm. Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle on D Avenue per the report that a brown pickup with two male occupants had been driven repeatedly by the area and the two males were loitering in the area. An officer contacted the 18 year-old driver of the vehicle on 22nd Street and asked about his loitering. He apologized, and, when asked if there was anything unusual in his truck, admitted that he had some marijuana and a bong in the vehicle. He turned over a baggie of marijuana and a bong and was issued a citation for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Monday, March 23

4:51 pm. A 16 year-old Anacortes juvenile was taken into custody on theft charges Monday afternoon after Anacortes Police Officers discovered that she had entered two stores on Commercial Avenue and stolen approximately $70 worth of food and personal items. The juvenile was transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center and booked on two counts of theft. The juvenile was accompanied by a 43 year-old Anacortes woman who was taken into custody and transported to the APD where she was booked and released on a warrant for Third Degree Theft.

Tuesday, March 24

1:31 pm. An employee calling from a business on Commercial Avenue advised Police that two suspects had just stolen food items from the store and officers responded and detained a 32 year-old Sedro-Woolley man and 35 year-old Hope Island woman in the 1100 block of 14th Street. Further conversation with store employees revealed that the two suspects had filled their backpacks with meat and fled the store on foot and had dropped the packs at some point between fleeing the store and the place they were detained on 14th Street. A short time later, an officer found the bag of food items along with needles, burns spoons, and glass pipes. Both suspects were booked and released on theft and possession of drug paraphernalia charges as well as several warrants for theft for the female and one theft warrant for the male.

4:37 pm. An Anacortes resident on West 3rd Street contacted Police Tuesday afternoon when she realized that someone had gained entry to her home by breaking glass in the rear door and once within the home, maliciously damaged several electronic and personal items. Several hundred dollars worth of items were taken from the residence as well. There are no suspects at this time.

Wednesday, March 25

4:28 pm. Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on 29th Street Wednesday afternoon following a 911 call initiated by an Anacortes woman stating that she had been hurt. Officers responded to the home and spoke with the alleged assailant, a 34 year-old Anacortes man who initially told officers that it was just he and his children in the residence. The officers told the man about the 911 call from his residence, and he let them in to speak with his wife. The woman appeared to be upset and one side of her face was red and her lip was freshly cut. The woman told Police that she and her husband got into an argument and he threw his phone at her, then punched her in the face and grabbed her and slammed her to the ground. The husband was taken into custody for 4th Degree Domestic Violence and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his charges.

5:02 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer responded to the call of a cold burglary that had occurred approximately 3-4 weeks prior on Tyler Way. The responding officer spoke with the victim who stated that she had been alerted by a noise from her sliding door and witnessed an unknown female gaining entry to her home. The home owner dropped a vase on the ground which startled the woman who then fled the area on foot. The victim stated that she was not sure why she had not called 911 earlier. Although the victim was able to provide a general physical description of the intruder, there are no suspects at this time.

11:14 pm. An employee of the Majestic Inn on Commercial Avenue contacted the Anacortes Police Department per a complaint from one of their customers that guests in a neighboring room were having a loud party and using vulgar, threatening language towards them and the motel wanted them removed. Officers responded to the area and spoke with the 55 year-old man and his wife in the room where the noise and threats were coming from. Both subjects were intoxicated at the time of contact and the male refused to comply with the officer’s request to pack up their belongings, as the motel wished to have them removed from the property. The male subject was placed in handcuffs, removed from the building, and charged with trespassing. The female subject walked from the building on her own and was later reunited with her husband who was provided a courtesy transport to a nearby motel.

Thursday, March 26

3:42 pm. A 28 year-old Fairbanks, Alaska man was issued a driving with license suspended citation on Thursday afternoon following contact by an Anacortes Police Officer. The man was contacted on Georgia Avenue for having a license plate that was not legible due to a dirty license plate cover. The driver was unable to provide a drivers license but offered court paperwork from that day for a driving without a license charge. He was issued his citation and released from the scene.

Friday, March 27

12:38 am. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling 11 miles per hour above the posted speed limit southbound on Q Avenue early Friday morning. The 32 year-old man driving the vehicle was contacted and the officer immediately noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the man and his eyes were bloodshot and speech was slow. When asked for his driver’s license, he initially provided the officer with his credit card and did not notice his mistake until the officer pointed it out. When asked if he had been drinking, he stated that he had consumed three beers at a local bar. The man performed poorly on roadside tests and had to use his hands to balance himself. A breath test on scene yielded results of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. As a result of his findings, the officer took the driver into custody on DUI charges and transported him to the APD where he was processed. He was then released from the scene to a sober adult.

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