Police Beat

One family living on 29th Street reported on Tuesday, Dec. 13, that Christmas presents worth $100 had been stolen from the front porch of their home sometime between December 9th and 11th. There are no suspects.

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

Friday, December 9

A teenage driver behind the wheel of an SUV on a snow-covered parking lot had a talk with Police on Friday morning. Officers were dispatched to a church on the 3700 block of H Avenue per the report of multiple vehicles doing donuts in the parking lot before one of the vehicles struck something. Police arrived and spoke with multiple juveniles, including a 17-year old who admitted that he had been driving on the snow when the tires locked up and he was unable to stop before striking a fire hydrant, causing damage to the SUV. There were no injuries. The driver was cited for Reckless Driving.

Saturday, December 10

Early Saturday morning, Swinomish Tribal Officers made contact with a 38-year old Anacortes man at a business and Dispatch advised APD Officers that he admitted to stealing fuel from a piece of equipment on the property. An officer spoke with the man who said times were tough and he needed fuel for his vehicle. Investigation on scene confirmed the man’s admission and he was taken into custody and cited for theft as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia due to a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine that was found in his pocket when he was arrested.

Monday, December 12

On Monday afternoon the Animal Control Officer was conducting a follow up to an animal issue on Sands Way. The ACO spoke with the resident at his home about his animals and the accompanying Patrol Officer took him into custody on 3 warrants out of the Skagit County District Court. At the time of contact, the man’s upset girlfriend came out of the residence and told Police that she had been assaulted by the 33-year old after the two got into a verbal argument about missing vehicle keys that he thought she had stolen. The woman had marks on her neck consistent with her report and the male was booked in the jail on his warrants as well as an Assault 4th Degree, Domestic Violence charge.

Tuesday, December 13

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Rotary Park on Tuesday afternoon per the suspicion of an illegal campsite above the main trail. The officer investigated on scene and spoke with a man who agreed to put out his open fire and move along.

On Tuesday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer responded to 12th Street and H Avenue to perform a welfare check on a male subject. A 66-year old Everett man matched the description provided and assured the officer that he was fine. A records check revealed that the man had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested and searched. The search yielded 5 bottles of pills with another male’s name on them. The subject said the pills belonged to a friend. The man was booked and released on his warrant and cited for Possession of a Legend Drug. Further investigation on a later date revealed that the pills had been stolen earlier in the month and a citation for Possession of Stolen Property was sent to the court for mailing.

At approximately 5:15 on Tuesday afternoon, APD Officers were dispatched to a welfare check of a man slumped over the wheel of a pickup on the 1500 block of 32nd Street. The man was contacted by police on scene and appeared intoxicated, though his vehicle had not been recently driven. A records check revealed that the 32-year old had two DUI warrants and he was taken into custody and transported to APD. While at the department, the subject was booked and released on his warrants after agreeing to appear for his mandatory court dates.  

Wednesday, December 14

On Wednesday morning an Anacortes resident came to the police department to report his bike stolen. He provided a description of the bike that had been taken sometime in the previous month. An Officer was able to match the description with a bike at APD and it was turned over to the rightful owner.

Just after 5:30 PM on Wednesday, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the 12000 block of Satterlee Road. On scene, Officers observed an SUV that had struck a barrier with enough force to remove the front bumper. Officers made contact with the 59-year old driver who got out of the vehicle and identified himself. The driver reported that he had messed up and had not turned sharply enough which caused him to strike the barrier. The driver smelled of alcohol and stated that he had been drinking. A portable breath test reading showed nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The man’s driving status was also determined to be suspended for several years. He was taken into custody for DUI and Driving With License Suspended, then transported to APD. The driver was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for DUI, 3rd Degree DWLS, and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act for a prescription only pill that was found on him during the search incident to arrest.

At approximately 9PM on Wednesday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a vehicle with an unintelligible license plate. The driver was pulled over and a driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended as of early November. She was cited and released on scene for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance.

Thursday, December 15

Just before 10 on Thursday morning, Anacortes Police Officers responded to a removal request on the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue. Officers contacted a 39-year old Anacortes woman on scene who was reportedly swearing to herself and confrontational. She was removed and banned from the area per the request of staff at the business.

Friday, December 16

On Friday at approximately 8AM, an Anacortes Police Corporal recognized a man known to her at a gas station on the 2400 block of Commercial. A records check revealed that the 41-year old Anacortes male had a warrant for his arrest. He was then taken into custody on his warrant and a search incident-to-arrest yielded a plastic baggie containing cotton soaked in heroin and an unused needle. He was transported to APD and later booked and released on his warrant and cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after agreeing to appear for his court date later in the month.

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.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

571 Skagit Cases (+4)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

61 Hospitalizations (+1)
16 Deaths (+0)
454 Recovered
13,082 Tested
4.4% Positive

38,581 Cases Statewide (+640)
4,665 Hospitalizations (+35)

1,409 Deaths Statewide (+15)
660,330 Total Tests Statewide
5.8% Positive

Updated 7:00 pm July 9, 2020.

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