Police Beat

A police officer pulled a clever ruse to nab a gas station customer who filled up, the drove off.

A downtown gas station contacted Police on Wednesday afternoon to report that the driver of a box truck had filled up with approximately 25 gallons of fuel, then left the area without paying. The vehicle was gone upon officer arrival, however, the officer was able to contact the suspect via phone and set up a meeting with him to return lost property he had reported earlier in the year. At the meeting the suspect was informed that he was a suspect in this case and the embarrassed man, who stated that he had forgotten to pay for his gas, immediately went to the gas station to take care of his bill.

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

Friday, March 27

3:10 pm.  Anacortes Police were dispatched to a call in the 2200 block of H Avenue for a fight in progress. Several officers arrived on scene to split up three males ages 18, 19, and 23, facing each other in an aggressive stance. The three men were interviewed independently to get a better understanding of the events of the afternoon and it was discovered that two of the three men involved were friends and had gotten into a verbal argument which turned physical for a brief time and culminated into the scene the officers came upon a few minutes prior. The two primary aggressors in this incident were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. One of the men was also found to have a warrant for disorderly conduct and he was booked and released on his warrant as well. 

11:37 pm. At almost midnight on Friday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to the home of a woman on 15th Street who reported that a dark colored SUV swerved at her in her driveway. The woman told the officer that she thinks the driver was her ex-husband with whom she has a Protection Order. The woman provided details of a similar vehicle at her house approximately a week previous which sped off when she approached it. Multiple attempts were made by police over the course of several days to speak with him and ultimately a citation for Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order was sent to him.

Saturday, March 28

1:57 pm.  A 68 year-old woman from Snohomish told police that her 2009 Camry sedan started to accelerate on its own which caused her vehicle to collide with the GMC pickup in front of her at R Avenue and SR 20…twice. The suspect driver was transported from the scene by ambulance due to chest pains, the other driver received only minor injuries. The driver of the Camry was cited for following too closely.

Sunday, March 29

12:25 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed an aggressively-driven Dodge pickup pull out of a gas station on 12th Street in Anacortes and travel westbound where it fish-tailed and struck a curb, then turned southbound on N Avenue. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver on the 1200 block of N Avenue. The 26 year-old Anacortes man provided the officer with a Washington state ID card and admitted that his license was suspended. He also smelled of alcohol and told the officer that he probably had “too much” to drink this evening. Voluntary field sobriety tests and a breath test result of nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle resulted in a decision for the officer to take the subject into custody for DUI charges. A search of the man’s person was conducted and four Rainier Beer caps were found in his shorts pocket. Nothing else of evidentiary value was found. He was then transported to the APD for DUI processing and ultimately transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license.

5:39 pm.  Two Anacortes men, 24 and 33 years old respectively, were taken into custody by Anacortes Police on Sunday afternoon following a report received from a hardware store that there were two shoplifting suspects present at the store. The officers responding to the scene were told where the two suspects were within the store and one of the officers recognized the two as having been removed from a local church approximately an hour previous for being disruptive to people coming and going from the building. Both suspects were taken into custody, transported to the APD, and booked and released on theft charges.   

Monday, March 30

4:22 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted Police on Monday afternoon to report the theft of several valuable fishing supplies from his locker at a local marina sometime since December of last year. The man stated that he had spoken with a neighbor who witnessed two individuals loading items into their car. Police are hoping to speak with the neighbor to get further details on this case. There are no suspects at this time.

Wednesday, April 1

10:47 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol was on the 1200 block of Commercial Avenue observed the driver of a silver Dodge Caravan using her cell phone to text while driving. The female driver was contacted and apologized for texting while driving. Further investigation revealed that her license was suspended as of March 27th and she was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and a verbal warning for texting while driving. She was released from the scene.

9:32 pm.  A passerby on J Avenue observed a dumpster fire at Island View Elementary Wednesday evening and called 911. Anacortes Police Officers responded to the fire and were able to smother the fire with extinguishers before Anacortes Fire responded and put it out completely. There are no suspects in this incident.

Thursday, April 2

8:03 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to a small business on the west end of Anacortes per the report of an employee who stated that there was a male in the store asking for coffee and acting strangely. The responding officer spoke with the 24-year old male subject at a nearby bus stop. The subject denied having asked for coffee and stated that he was from Europe and worked for the government, though these statements did not seem to make sense in the context of the situation. Throughout the course of the conversation, the subject kept putting his hands into his pockets and removing them, despite the officer’s commands to stop this behavior. Ultimately, he emptied the contents of his pockets, which included an Altoids tin that contained a few dozen pills, later determined to be Gabapentin. Officers further determined that the subject had a warrant for a contact order violation. He was taken into custody at approximately 8:19 AM and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was booked and released on his warrant, issued a trespass notice from the store, and charged with Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription. He was released from the scene. 

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