Police Beat

Highlighting this week’s Police Blotter: three bicycles were reported stolen and a mailbox was blown up with fireworks.

A mailbox on Lake Park Drive was blown up with fireworks on Thursday night at approximately 9:00PM. The incident was reported to police and the owner reported that this is the second time in as many years that this has occurred. There are no suspects. 

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

Saturday, September 17

An Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol near 12th and O Avenue observed a vehicle turn left out of a gas station parking lot on O Avenue in a right turn only area. The 37-year old Anacortes driver was determined to have a suspended license since the previous week. He was arrested, searched, cited, and released from the scene on a Driving With License Suspended 3rd charge. 

Just before 2AM on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Corporal made a traffic stop on a sedan with broken tail light lamp in the 4800 block of Fidalgo Bay Road. The 30-year old man driving the vehicle did not have a license, but the vehicle owner and licensed driver was in the vehicle and drove away from the scene after the man was cited and released for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. 

A 29-year old Anacortes man known to APD was contacted by police on Saturday afternoon when an APD Corporal observed the man driving an SUV in the area of Heart Lake. The Corporal was driving a different direction than the SUV and had to turn around. In the meantime, the subject drove to a trailhead and got out of his vehicle stating that he had not been driving but someone else had and that person was up ahead on the trail. The Corporal told the man that he had seen him driving and he was cited for Driving With License Suspended 3rd and released from the scene after being advised not to drive. 

Just before 7PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Corporal in the 1000 block of 15th Street contacted the driver of an SUV with a black plastic sheet covering it’s broken out rear window. The sheet was opaque so did not allow the driver to see out of the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and a routine driver’s check revealed that the man had a suspended license since May 2016. The man acknowledged that he did not have a license and was placed under arrest for Driving With License Suspended. A search incident to arrest yielded two baggies containing methamphetamine. The Corporal asked for permission from the driver to search the vehicle, but was denied. The man was released from the scene and police then took custody of the vehicle and were granted a search warrant. A search of the vehicle yielded additional methamphetamine, a small tin containing heroin, and a straw used to ingest drugs. The man was ultimately charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. 

Sunday, September 18

Sunday morning at approximately 9:30, APD Officers contacted a 35-year old Burlington man in a bank parking lot on Commercial Avenue per the report of someone changing their clothes in the parking lot. Officers identified the man and determined that he had removed his shirt and was wearing a swimsuit. A records check revealed that he had four misdemeanor warrants for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, obstructing, and malicious mischief, but he was not booked in the jail due to the jail being full at the time. He was taken into custody and booked and released on his warrants before being released from the scene. 

Just before 7PM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on D Avenue activated his radar and locked a white sports car in at 39 mph in the posted 30 mph zone. He performed a traffic stop in the 1400 block of D and spoke with the 20-year old driver. A driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of that day for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation. He was taken into custody, cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and released from the scene. 

Monday, September 19

On Monday morning at 5:00, APD responded to a complaint from a downtown business that wished to have a vehicle and driver removed from their parking lot. APD arrived on scene and spoke with a 35-year old who had multiple Anacortes Municipal Court warrants as well as two from District Court. He was placed under arrest and booked and released on his warrants due to the jail not accepting him.  

A Specialized bike valued at approximately $200 was stolen from an unlocked shed on 5th Street sometime between September 12th and the 19th. The bike did not match the description of bikes turned in or recovered by APD. Bike owners in Anacortes can register their bikes by going to the Police Department website and providing pertinent information that would assist police in their investigation in the event their bikes are stolen.  

An Anacortes man called the police department on Monday afternoon to inquire about a recovered mountain bike he had seen in the Clamdigger. The man provided police with a detailed description of the bike and came in to the department to claim it that afternoon. 

An Anacortes resident went to the police department to report a fraudulent sweepstakes letter they had received in the mail. Fortunately, nothing of value was lost. This and other types of fraud calls, emails and mail are very common in Anacortes. Residents can report internet fraud to the FBI at iC3.gov or by calling police on the non-emergency line at (360) 428-3211.

A 33-year old Anacortes woman was involved in a single car crash on Monday evening just before midnight. The woman lost control of her vehicle on westbound SR 20 and struck the center barrier which launched her vehicle into a 90-degree spin.  The sedan involved in the incident was badly damaged to the point deployed front airbags and leaking fluids. It was towed from the scene. The driver was not injured. A citation was issued for no insurance and unsafe lane change which was sent to the court for mailing. 

Tuesday, September 20

An APD Officer was dispatched to a cold vehicle prowl report on Tuesday morning on 11th Street in Anacortes. The victim reported that approximately $1,000 worth of Stihl brand yard tools was stolen from the back of his vehicle sometime since 6:00pm the previous evening. There are no suspects. 

Wednesday, September 21

A 77-year old Anacortes woman was ticketed for Failure to Yield Right of Way on Wednesday morning when she pulled out of the swimming pool parking lot on J Avenue and struck the side of a school bus near the intersection of 22nd Street. There were no injuries, but the woman’s car sustained reportable damage of greater than $1,000. 

A $250 bike was reported stolen from a home on 6th Street sometime in the previous week. There are no suspects. 

Thursday, September 22

An Anacortes Police Officer took a stolen bike report on Thursday morning. A gray Specialized bike with aqua colored headlights valued at $600 was locked up next to a boat hoist on Q Avenue the previous evening at 9:00pm, but was gone at 6:10am when the owner walked past the area.  

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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