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Anacortes Police arrested a Snohomish woman who was trying to use fake $100 bills. Two other women were arrested and booked into jail on drug charges.

Sunday, December 4

A representative of a business in the 1500 block of Commercial called 911 on Sunday evening to report a possible fraud in progress. Investigation on scene revealed that a 24-year old Snohomish woman was attempting to use four fake $100 bills to put funds on a money card with someone else’s name on it. She was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded the discovery of $15 worth of personal care items that were determined to have been stolen. The woman was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for 4 counts of forgery and one count of theft.

An APD Sergeant who had responded to the scene contacted a van thought to be associated with the suspect who had since left the store. A routine registration check on the vehicle returned to a 36-year old woman from Sedro Woolley. A records check of the woman returned with a theft warrant out of the Skagit County Superior Court. She was taken into custody near her vehicle in the 1000 block of 23rd Street. A search incident to arrest yielded a plastic pen tube with what appeared to be trace amounts of heroin. She was transported to jail and booked on her warrant and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Another woman, a 54-year old from Anacortes, was identified by one of the passengers and a records check revealed that she had 3 misdemeanor warrants as well as a felony warrant for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. She was also taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrants.

Monday, December 5

A 53-year old Issaquah man was arrested for DUI on Monday night. An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the SR 20 spur to investigate a vehicle parked diagonally across one of the westbound lanes. The driver walked back to the officer’s patrol vehicle to inform him that he had run out of gas and was waiting for AAA to arrive with fuel, a process that would take another 30 minutes. During the conversation, the officer noticed that the man’s eyes were droopy and he was slurring his speech. Further investigation revealed that the front rim of the car was stripped of its rubber, a fact that initially seemed to surprise the driver. The officer asked the driver if he had been drinking, and he admitted to consuming some beer. Voluntary roadside tests administered on scene were challenging for the driver. He lacked the balance and concentration required to pass them, and a portable breath test reading of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle resulted in the man getting arrested for DUI. He was transported to APD for processing and later released to a sober adult.

An Anacortes Police Officer made a traffic stop on a coupe on Cap Sante Viewpoint just after 11PM on Monday evening. The 22-year old Burlington driver was informed of the reason for the stop that the park had been closed for over an hour. The driver denied any knowledge of park hours and stated that he was just looking at the view. A driver’s check revealed that that man’s license was suspended as of January 2016 and had an Ignition Interlock restriction, which, by the driver’s admission, was not installed on the car. He was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Operating a Vehicle Without Ignition Interlock Device. He was released at the scene.

Tuesday, December 6

On Tuesday morning just after 1:00 am, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a vehicle speed past him at approximately 11 MPH over the posted speed limit with wet, slick conditions on the roadway. The officer performed a traffic stop on the sedan as it was turning southbound on SR 20 towards Oak Harbor. The 24-year old Oak Harbor driver had a warrant out of Skagit County for DUI and warrants out of Coupeville. Skagit and Island County Jails both declined to take the man, however he was taken into custody and booked and released from the scene on his warrants, cited for 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and given a speeding infraction.

An APD Corporal took a malicious mischief report on Tuesday morning from an employee of a thrift shop in the 1000 block of 7th Street. The employee observed that a rock had been thrown through the window upon her arrival to work mid-morning. There are no suspects.

APD’s Animal Control Officer captured a domestic rabbit that was abandoned on the Anacortes High School campus. The rabbit was transported to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and left in their custody.

An APD Sergeant took a report of a broken window on a trailered boat in the Clearidge neighborhood. The total damage is approximately $200. There are no suspects.

A Japanese passport and driver’s license were discovered on SR20 and Reservation Road and turned over to police on Tuesday afternoon. A records check revealed that the owner had not reported the items lost or stolen.

On Tuesday at 4PM, the Anacortes PD K-9 Officer was on patrol on Sunset Avenue when he observed a car with a badly cracked windshield. The 33-year old woman driving the vehicle was advised of the reason for the stop. The driver provided an expired driver’s license and was cited for No Valid Operator’s License at the scene. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the vehicle and indicated that there were drugs therein. As such, the vehicle was impounded and permission to search the vehicle was granted via a warrant. A search of the vehicle yielded a straw, spoon, and baggie containing drug residue. A criminal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia was completed by the Officer and sent to the court for mailing.

Just after 4PM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a possible DUI on R Avenue. The suspect vehicle license and driver description were provided and police made contact with the vehicle driver at his home on 35th Street where he was standing in the front yard. The man had a hard time maintaining his balance during the conversation with police and admitted that he had been drinking, but said he had not driven anywhere despite eyewitness reports to the contrary. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. A breath sample yielded results of approximately 3 times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a family member. 

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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