Police Beat

There were several cases here of packages stolen off porches over the holidays, but one thief is in for a surprise when they open the package they stole.

A resident of Parkside Drive, who had been out of town for a week was advised by a neighbor that four delivered packages had been stolen from near her front door.  The neighbor had seen an unknown man driving a Jeep stop in front of the victim’s home and take the packages.  The thief may be in for a rude awakening though as the stolen items included a breast pump and maternity underwear. 

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

Friday, December 23

A La Conner woman reported that her car had been hit while it had been parked unoccupied in the parking lot of a store in the 900 block of 11th Street.  Her vehicle sustained a dent to the rear lift gate area and the damage was estimated at $500.00

Someone stole a large box of handmade chocolates valued at $140.00 from the front porch of a home in the 1300 block of 6th Street that had been ordered to give out as gifts. The package had been delivered to the home, but it was stolen before the residents could bring it inside. 

A 35 year-old Anacortes man faces charges of domestic violence assault after he allegedly punched his father and threw him to the ground outside of a home in the 2900 block of Q Avenue.  The father told police that his son had “got into his face” and that he had asked him to leave.  The father said that he then decided that he would leave instead, but that his son followed him outside and attacked him.  Police are still looking to speak with the son about the incident.

Saturday, December 24

Police responded to the report of a collision in the area of W. 4th Street and Kansas Avenue after a witness reported hearing a vehicle hit a large rock.  When police arrived they found the vehicle stuck on some rocks with two tires off the ground.  The driver was identified as an 18 year old Anacortes man who smelled strongly of intoxicants.  The man admitted to police that he had a “couple of shots.”  He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for drunk driving.  During processing, the man provided breath samples that were over two and a half time the legal limit.  The man told the officer that “he was never drinking again” and that he wished he that he was at home sleeping.  He was issued a citation for DUI and released to his parents. 

Monday, December 26

A resident of the 1300 block of 12th Street reported that someone had stolen the rear license plate off his pickup while parked at his residence.  There are no suspects at this time. 

Officers responded to a motel in the 7600 block of State Route 20 after an employee reported that an intoxicated man was banging on windows and yelling for his wife.  The transient man told officers that his pregnant girlfriend was at the motel.  It was then learned that the man’s girlfriend was actually at a restaurant on Commercial Avenue.  The man was warned that he could be arrested if his disorderly behavior continued. 

Tuesday, December 27

A resident of the 2800 block of Grady Lane reported that someone had prowled her unlocked car during the night.  The victim found her driver’s door ajar and she then discovered that her purse that had been inside of the car was missing.  The purse contained the victim’s driver’s license and numerous credit cards.     

A double tank air compressor and a cordless impact driver were reported stolen during a burglary at a jobsite in the 400 block of 35th Street.  The unknown burglars removed several boards that were covering the main entrance to gain entry into the home.  Also reported missing were several pieces of spruce trim board and Hardi board.  The total loss was valued at approximately $900.00. 

Four bars of handmade soap valued at $15.00 were stolen from the mailbox of a home in the 1200 block of 6th Street.  The victim checked her mailbox and discovered the remnants of a padded envelope addressed to her that she later learned contained soap sent to her by a family member.

An officer stopped a vehicle on State Route 20 after witnessing the vehicle speeding, making erratic lane changes, and forcing other vehicles to brake to avoid collisions.  The driver was identified as a 38 year-old Fidalgo Island man who had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for his arrest for previous suspended driving violations.  The man also admitted that he had a meth pipe inside of the vehicle.  A narcotics K-9 unit sniffed the vehicle and the man consented to allow officers to search the car.  Additional items of drug paraphernalia were found inside of the vehicle along with small amounts of suspected methamphetamine and heroin.  The man faces charges of felony drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.  He was released on his warrant as the jail would not accept him for booking. 

A 49 year-old Anacortes transient was issued a criminal citation for trespassing after a security officer found him on Port property near Seafarer’s Park.  The man had previously been issued a trespass warning that barred him from being on Port property. 

Wednesday, December 28

Police are attempting to locate and speak with a 50 year-old Island County woman regarding her writing two checks to a downtown business on an account with insufficient funds.  The checks totaled approximately $120.00.  The woman has not responded to attempts to contact her by the business or the police. 

A light blue hybrid road/mountain bike valued at $300.00 was reported stolen from a home in the 1300 block of 34th Street.  The victim reported that the bike had gone missing sometime in the past three months. 

An employee of a store in the 900 block of 11th Street reported that an unknown man had wheeled a shopping cart full of groceries out the front door without paying for the items.  The man then threw all of the items into the back seat of a silver colored Saturn car and drove away.  The stolen items included alcohol, meat, and toilet paper.  Police are working on obtaining video of the suspect to help identify him. 

A 33 year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest after he was contacted by police while trying to drive away from a convenience store in the 1700 block of 12th Street.  A short time earlier it had been reported to police that the man had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend at their Anacortes home.  The man was reported to be intoxicated and had driven to the store to buy more beer.  The man smelled strongly of intoxicants, mumbled incoherently with slurred speech, and had to lean against his vehicle to maintain his balance.  The man told officers that he had “a little.”  When told he was under arrest, the man actively struggled, kicked at, and fought with officers in an attempt to keep from being handcuffed.  Due to his apparent extreme intoxication paramedics were summoned to check on the man.  He was uncooperative with their efforts so the man was taken to the emergency room where he was uncooperative with the hospital staff and had to be restrained.  Police obtained a search warrant for a sample of the man’s blood.  

Thursday, December 29

A 28 year old Mount Vernon man faces possible charges of violating a domestic violence protection order after he allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend who resides in Anacortes some vulgar text messages.  The court order prohibits the man from contacting his ex through any means.  Police are looking to speak with the man about the matter.

A package delivered to a home in the 1600 block of 10th Street two days before Christmas was stolen prior to the victim returning home.  The package contained approximately $150.00 worth of gifts including a bottle of whiskey. 

Police issued a 47 year old Everett woman a court summons for theft after she was seen on security video concealing two boxed lighter and knife sets under her clothing and then leaving a convenience store in the 12500 block of Christianson Road without paying for the items.  The woman also left with approximately $20.00 in stolen cash by claiming she had not received the correct amount of change from a gasoline purchase.  The store clerk said that the woman appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Police were able to learn her identity because she had attempted a similar “wrong change” scam at another nearby gas station/convenience store the previous night and had been contacted by law enforcement. 

Police received information of a possible underage drinking party at a house in the 1400 block of 20th Street.  When officers arrived they saw several teens walking near the house with one running away when he saw the police.  Officers spoke with and identified a dozen teens and many of them showed no signs of consuming alcohol or drugs.  However, five teens ranging in age from 15 to 19 did display the effects of alcohol consumption and face charges of underage drinking.

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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