Police Beat

At approximately 6:30PM on Monday evening, Nov. 14, APD Officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred at a coffee stand near Sharpes Corner.

A male came to the window of the coffee stand and demanded money from the register. The suspect was wearing a ski mask, a dark colored hoodie and pants and gray Nike brand athletic shoes. He departed the area on foot southbound on SR 20. Anyone with information about this incident should call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985 reference APD case #16-A08780.

Saturday, November 12

Just after 1:30AM on Saturday, APD took a report of broken flower pots in the 800 block of Commercial Avenue. No suspects were located.  

Tuesday, November 15

Late Tuesday morning, Anacortes Police Officers responded to the 3400 block of Q Avenue for a physical disturbance in progress. Investigation on scene revealed that a 31-year old Anacortes man had gotten frustrated about a conversation regarding telephones and struck his mother-in-law’s boyfriend, then his mother-in-law when she tried to separate the two men. He was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on two counts of assault. Additionally, two women at the residence were taken into custody on their misdemeanor warrants and booked and released at the scene.   

Wednesday, November 16

Just after midnight on Wednesday morning, APD took a report regarding a physical altercation that had just occurred in the 1500 block of K Avenue. Police arrived on scene and were told that the person of interest had fled eastbound on 16th Street. Police took the 21-year old Anacortes man into custody and placed him in a patrol car while they continued their investigation. In speaking with another adult male as well as the suspect’s girlfriend, it was determined that both were struck during the course of the incident. A records check of the 21-year old also revealed that he had two warrants out of Anacortes Municipal and Skagit County District Court respectively. He was transported to jail and booked on his warrants and two assault charges.

On Wednesday morning, a resident on West 3rd Street called police to report that a book she had ordered had been stolen from her porch sometime in the previous week. She had no idea who may have taken it.

At 6:40 on Wednesday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on R Avenue observed a Ford pickup with inoperable taillights. The 30-year old Anacortes driver was unable to provide proof of insurance and admitted that he did not have a driver’s license. A routine driver’s check revealed that the driver had a suspended license as of March 2012. He was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and a traffic citation for Defective Taillights. He was released at the scene and a passenger took over the responsibility of driving from the scene.

Thursday, November 17

A 25-year old Oak Harbor man was arrested on DUI charges early Thursday morning. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed the man driving his sedan eastbound in the westbound lanes, nearly striking an oncoming vehicle near Sharpes Corner, then driving in the ditch before getting back on to the westbound lanes where the officer made the traffic stop. At the time of contact, officers smelled alcohol in the vehicle and observed several open bottles of beer on the floor of the car. The driver admitted that he had been drinking and voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests. The driver struggled to keep his balance and follow simple instructions during the tests and a portable breath test reading revealed that he was over the legal limit to safely operate his vehicle. He was taken into custody and transported to APD for processing. He was later released to a sober adult. 

APD is looking for a gray 2012 Ford Focus sedan with Idaho license plate 1A6V610 that was reported stolen sometime between November 16 at 5PM and November 17 at 10AM from the 3900 block of A Avenue. If you have seen this vehicle since Thursday morning, please call 911 reference APD case #16-A08849.

On Thursday at approximately 6:30PM, an Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to an apartment in the 500 block of K Avenue per the report of $400 worth of electronics that had been stolen. Investigation on scene revealed that the tenant had left the back door to the apartment unlocked and someone entered and stole a TV and video game system. There are no suspects.

On Thursday afternoon, APD Officers responded to a home on Fidalgo Bay Road per the report of an attempted burglary in the 12000 block. Officers observed an exterior screen that had been partially removed as well as an exterior pane of a two-pane window that was broken, possibly with the intention of entering the home. It did not seem that anyone had entered the home and extra patrols were requested in the area.

Friday, November 18

An Anacortes resident living on the 2000 block of K Avenue called Police on Friday morning to report that both of her unlocked vehicles had been rifled through and some loose change was removed from both vehicles. There are no suspects.

The APD Animal Control Officer took a report of a dog at large on Friday morning. The ACO arrived in the area of 17th and K Avenue and took custody of a large brown dog, but was unable to reach the owner by phone. As such, the dog was impounded. On Friday evening, the dog’s owner came to APD and was instructed that he would have to get a license for his dog on Monday morning and pay the impound fees before his dog would be released to him.

On Friday just before midnight, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol at 32nd and Commercial observed a red pickup without headlights driving on Commercial. The Corporal turned southbound on Commercial to make contact with the vehicle and was finally able to do so just south of the roundabout at SR 20 and Commercial. The 28-year old Anacortes driver was slow to provide his license and registration and stated that he had had a few alcoholic drinks that evening. The Corporal smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and observed that the driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. After submitting to roadside sobriety tests, the driver was arrested for DUI and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample indicating a blood alcohol content of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was later given a courtesy transport to a friend’s home within the city.

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.