Police Beat

A bank envelope with cash was found at the Anacortes Public Library in a donated book.

The cash is being held at the Anacortes Police Department (360) 293-4684 under case 16-A02529. This cash will be held for 60 days and then may be donated to the Anacortes Public Library Foundation, the finder of the cash, in accordance with RCW 63.21.

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

Saturday, April 9

Just before 8:00 on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer in the 700 block of 28th Street observed a vehicle in front of him make a turn onto R Avenue without making a complete stop and without using a turn signal. The vehicle was stopped by the officer near the skate park. The 35-year old Anacortes male driving the vehicle had a suspended driving status as of March 1, 2015. He was taken into custody and issued a citation for driving with license suspended and fail to stop at a signal marking. He was then released from the scene. 

Sunday, April 10

At just after midnight on Sunday morning, APD was advised of a cold malicious mischief incident at a marina on Q Avenue. The reporting party stated that a clothes dryer had been damaged by an unknown subject which caused approximately $285 in damages. The incident had occurred sometime in the previous two hours. There are no suspects. 

On Sunday about noon, an Anacortes Police Officer spoke with an ID theft victim by phone. The victim stated that someone had used his personal identifying information to apply for a retail credit card and a payday loan. The only suspect information the victim had was an out of country email address. 

Monday, April 11

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1100 block of H Avenue observed a vehicle with a nonfunctioning brake light and expired tabs as of 4/8/16. The vehicle driver, a 35-year old Anacortes woman, told the officer that the vehicle was a rental and she was not aware of the expired tabs or broken tail light. Further investigation revealed that the woman’s drivers license was suspended since January. She was taken into custody and issued a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She as then released at the scene. 

An Anacortes resident called police on Monday afternoon to report a scam call from a male who had called her previously to sell promotional airtime on his radio show. No information or money was exchanged. 

An Anacortes woman came to APD on Monday to report an online scam she had responded to. Per the victim, she had responded to an online job advertisement and received a fraudulent check for $1,850 and instructions to transfer $800 to an address in Tennessee and $900 to an address in Louisiana. The woman transferred $1,700 from her account before she became aware that the $1,850 check was fraudulent and there were no actual funds available. The woman was instructed to report the fraud to IC3.gov. 

On Monday afternoon at approximately 6PM, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a theft complaint. The reporting party told police that his rear license plate was stolen from his vehicle sometime in the previous 24 hours and could have happened at one of two locations his vehicle was parked at. A vehicle theft report for the stolen plate was issued and the officer cleared the scene. 

Tuesday, April 12

A 26-year old Anacortes man was arrested and taken to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on a felony warrant for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on Tuesday afternoon. APD Officers contacted the man in a home on Yorkshire Drive and confirmed that he had a felony warrant as well as 5 misdemeanor warrants. There was also a 33-year old female at the residence with a warrant for her arrest and she was taken into custody and booked and released at the scene.   

On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 6:30, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a vehicle with a badly cracked windshield and initiated a traffic stop. The 31-year old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle immediately admitted that she had a suspended license and knew that she should not be driving. The driver was also unable to provide proof of insurance for the vehicle. She was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and issued a traffic citation for operating a motor vehicle with no insurance. She was cleared at the scene. 

Wednesday, April 13

At just after midnight on Wednesday, APD took a vehicle prowl report from a home owner in the 1300 block of 29th Street. Investigation on scene revealed that the victim was awakened by a noise and looked outside and saw two males leaving the area in a vehicle traveling westbound. The home owner’s vehicle was later found to have a passenger side window broken out and cash and pills removed from the vehicle. There is no further suspect information at this time. 

On Wednesday morning, an Anacortes PD Community Service Officer went to a residence in the 800 block of 26th Street to address a parking issue. A pickup and travel trailer were parked on the sidewalk for the past 3 days and a parking infraction was issued. Further, a correction notice was issued on the vehicle for having expired tabs and the trailer for not displaying a license plate. 

An eleven foot Slingshot brand inflatable paddle board was reported stolen to APD. The board is thought to be stolen sometime in the first 10 days of April from a boat that was moored at a local marina. There are no suspects at this time. 

Just before 1:00 on Wednesday afternoon, an APD Officer contacted a 46-year old Shoreline driver just east of the traffic circle on Commercial Avenue for a defective tail light on his vehicle and expired vehicle tabs. The officer informed the driver of the reason for the stop and asked him for his license, proof of insurance, and registration. The driver provided the registration, but stated that he did not currently have insurance or a valid drivers license. Investigation by the officer revealed that the driver had a suspended license as of April 3, 2016 for an ignition interlock violation. The Shoreline man was taken into custody and charged with Driving With License Suspended 3rd Degree. He also received an infraction for operating his vehicle without insurance and an expired registration. He was released from the scene after acknowledgement of his court date. 

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.