Police Beat

At approximately 9:30 on Thursday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a pickup for holding his cellphone in his hand and engaging in what appeared to be texting. The 31-year old Shelton man was able to prove that he was not texting, however, he was also unable to provide a valid driver’s license which was determined to have expired in January for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. He was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was released from the scene after agreeing to appear for court the following week.

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

Saturday, April 2

On Saturday morning, the Anacortes Police Department hosted a graduation ceremony with 24 of 30 graduates in attendance from the 2016 Citizen Academy. Graduates spent over 50 hours of their personal time in class lectures, tours, and mock scenarios designed to replicate real-life scenarios that officers often face in the course of their day. 

The class consisted of 30 Anacortes residents, many who are new to the area and wanted to get to know their community and the police department. One graduate, Howard Luey, a 6-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was given the Honorary Chief For a Day award by Chief Bowers for his outstanding work throughout the duration of the academy. Though not a prerequisite of the class, Luey intends to find out more about volunteering with the department and asserts that the class was thoroughly enjoyable and educational. 

APD offers the citizen academy each year. The next academy will be offered in early 2017. 

Tuesday, April 5

A 17-year old Bellingham driver was cited for Speed Too Fast for Conditions on Tuesday morning when the coupe he was driving on SR 20 fishtailed and struck the center barrier, breaking the rear axle of the vehicle. The driver was not injured. 

At approximately 4PM on Tuesday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to a complaint of a vandalized vehicle on 11th Street. Investigation on scene revealed that the victim vehicle sustained approximately $500 in damages from a large scratch that ran the entire length of the vehicle. 

On Tuesday afternoon an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a car prowl on 11th Street. The reporting party stated that on Sunday evening he was in bed and heard what sounded like the door handle in the rear of his home. The resident also thought that his vehicle was accessed the same evening and a few dollars in cash and a small knife had been taken. There are no suspects. 

Thursday, April 7

An older model van was reported stolen at approximately 3AM on Thursday. Investigation on scene revealed that the van was taken from a park-and-ride on Thompson Road sometime in the previous week. Before clearing the call, the responding officer was advised that Washington State Patrol had taken custody of the vehicle on April 5th near Bellevue. The vehicle owner was provided information on how to contact WSP reference the incident.  

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the Senior Center per the report of two broken garden stakes that were part of a temporary fence intended to keep deer from a garden. The reporting party stated that this is the third time similar damage had been done in a two-week time frame and it appeared intentional as there was a walking path through the garden into an adjacent area. Extra patrol of the area was requested in an effort to deter future issues. 

At approximately 9PM on Thursday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed an SUV run a stop sign. The officer initiated a traffic stop and observed the vehicle run an additional stop sign at 15th Street and O Avenue. Additionally, a passenger in the vehicle tossed a baggie out the window which was later recovered by APD and determined to contain methamphetamine. 

Once stopped, the officer spoke with the 35-year old male driver who stated that he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was taken into custody and cited for driving with license suspended. 

The officer also arrested the passenger for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, possession of drug paraphernalia—for a glass methamphetamine pipe that was found in the vehicle—and for two Anacortes Municipal Court warrants and two Skagit County Sheriff’s Office warrants. He was booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrants and additional charges. 

Friday, April 8

On Friday morning an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a home on 35th Street per the report of a broken exterior light and casing valued at approximately $50. There are no suspects. 

Anacortes Police investigated a malicious mischief complaint on 37th Street on Friday morning. The home owner told the officer that sometime overnight someone had removed two solar motion lights from his garage. The incident is thought to be related to the previous case. 

An Anacortes Police Sergeant observed a vehicle on I Avenue known to be associated with a 48-year old Anacortes man with an active warrant for driving with license suspended. Officers responded to that location and took the male subject into custody without incident. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant. 

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.