Police Beat

APD received several reports of broken vehicle and building windows on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Early Tuesday morning, a resident in the 1100 block of 34th Street reported that the rear window on their SUV had been broken sometime overnight and nothing of value was removed from the vehicle. A large rock was discovered on the ground near the vehicle which is likely how the window was shattered. APD took multiple reports similar to this one on September 6th and 7th. It is unclear if these incidents are related. Residents with information about these incidents should call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985.

Here are the other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Saturday, September 3

A 35-year old Anacortes man was arrested at 4:15 Saturday morning by an APD Corporal who recognized the man and knew of a felony warrant he had for his arrest. He was taken into custody on his Possession of a Controlled Substance warrant in the 1100 block of 6th Street and transported to jail where he was booked on his warrant. 

An 81-year old Anacortes driver was having a difficult time staying in her lane of travel on Saturday morning in the 6100 block of Sunset Avenue. An officer contacted the woman who stated that she “did not think she was driving in the bike lane that much.” A driver’s check showed that her license was suspended as of June 25th for refusing an exam requested by the Department of Licensing. She was cited for Driving with License Suspended and she contacted a family member who would come to the scene to drive her home. 

An Anacortes Police Officer spoke with an Anacortes man who reported a $120 pair of binoculars was stolen from his unlocked vehicle the week prior. There are no suspects. 

An APD Corporal made a traffic stop on a silver Ford sedan in the 3300 block of Oakes Avenue mid-afternoon on Saturday. The car did not have a license plate attached and there was no temporary tag either. The driver, a 25-year old from Mount Vernon, provided a Washington ID Card to the Corporal. A driver’s check revealed that his license status was suspended as of April 2013 for Eluding Police Vehicle. He was taken into custody and later released from the scene. A citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended was later sent to the court for mailing to the driver. Police also identified a 19-year old Sedro-Woolley passenger in the vehicle who was determined to have a warrant for his arrest. During a search incident to arrest, the man asked if the officer could remove something from his pants. The subject removed an electronic scale, a small plastic container, a glass pipe, a piece of aluminum foil with burn marks, and a small plastic baggie with a sticky brown substance thought to be heroin from various places on his person. The plastic container was determined to have white crystalline powder thought to be methamphetamine. The Sedro-Woolley man was then transported to jail and booked on his warrant and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. The Ford was impounded and towed to APD and approximately two hours later, the APD K-9 was deployed on the vehicle and indicated that there were more drugs present within. Officers received approval for a search warrant and located an additional baggie of heroin in the vehicle. 

A $600 Stihl brand chainsaw was reported stolen from an unlocked garage on the east side of Anacortes. The victim stated that the garage was unlocked at the time of the incident which had occurred sometime in the previous 3-4 days. Nothing else of value was taken. 

Sunday, September 4

A male and female known to APD were seen driving a car with expired registration tabs near 17th and R Avenue. An officer caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 800 block of 30th Street. The 23-year old Oak Harbor driver had 6 confirmed warrants out of District, Mount Vernon, and Anacortes courts. She was taken into custody without incident and a search yielded a container with a black tar substance which, by the woman’s admission, was determined to be heroin. Further investigation revealed that she also had a suspended driver’s license. The APD K-9 Officer arrived on scene and deployed K-9 T-Bone to sniff the exterior of the vehicle. T-Bone’s behavior indicated that drugs may be present in the vehicle and, with the driver’s permission, officers searched the vehicle and contents. In addition to the heroin found on the woman, officers found drug paraphernalia, a small plastic bag with dark residue, a scale and small container containing methamphetamine, and a needle with suspected liquid heroin. The woman driving the vehicle was booked and released on her warrants and was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. The 44-year old male passenger admitted to owning a scale containing methamphetamine and was charged with Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

A 50-year old Anacortes man was booked in the Skagit County Jail early Sunday morning by Anacortes Police. Officers were dispatched via emergency tones to a home in southeast Anacortes where a woman was hiding from her husband who was trying to attack her and had kicked in a door. An APD Corporal contacted the woman who informed her that she and her husband, who was under the influence, had been driving from Seattle earlier that evening and gotten involved in an argument. Her husband had made verbal threats towards her during the drive and upon their arrival at home he pushed her against a wall and began looking for his car keys. His wife had hidden the keys because she didn’t want him to drive under the influence, which angered him even more. She locked herself in a room, then escaped to the exterior of the home where she called 911 for help. While officers were on scene, the man returned to the home and was taken into custody, then transported to jail on 4th Degree Domestic Violence Assault, DV Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree, and DV Harassment charges. 

On Sunday afternoon, an APD Officer took a cold burglary report from a resident on the 2300 block of 17th Street. The burglary was thought to have occurred sometime since mid-morning on Friday. The perpetrator(s) gained access to the home by prying open a walk-in garage door and removing several valuable items. A large rock was discovered on the roof which may have been thrown on the roof to determine if anyone was at home. Anyone with information about this incident should call the APD Tip Line at (360) 299-1985 reference case #16-A06818.

Tuesday, September 6

Just after 8AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer on patrol at 6th and Commercial observed an SUV roll through the stop sign and initiated a traffic stop. The 36-year old Camano Island man was unable to provide a valid driver’s license or an explanation why he ran the stop sign. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of April 2013 for failure to appear on unpaid tickets. He was taken into custody without incident and cited for Failing to Stop at Stop Sign and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. 

A resident on 31st Street called police on Tuesday afternoon to report a stolen bike and gas can from a shed in the backyard sometime over the holiday weekend. The perpetrator broke the lock to gain entry into the shed and removed the items. There are no suspects. 

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.

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