Police Beat

In a bizarre case, police contacted a man who was waving a flag and walking in the median of highway 20 near Reservation Road.

Just after noon on Tuesday, Anacortes Police responded to a report of a man waving a flag and walking in the median. Police made contact with a 25-year old Stanwood man who stated that his friend had left him at the nearby casino. A records check revealed that the subject had three warrants for theft out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court. He was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was booked and released on his warrants.

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

Friday, January 13

Late Friday morning, APD took a stolen vehicle complaint from a resident on 15th Street. The reporting party’s Chevy sedan had been stolen sometime the previous evening when the suspects accessed the vehicle and utilized a hidden spare key to steal the vehicle. The vehicle was then reported stolen. The following day, APD received a message from the Island County Sheriff’s Office that the vehicle and occupants had been contacted and the vehicle was returned to its rightful owner that evening.

On Friday afternoon, an APD Officer took a prowling complaint from a 38th Street resident. The complainant’s unlocked vehicle had been rifled through the night before and a step-tracking device worth approximately $20 was stolen.

Saturday, January 14

A 40-year old Anacortes man was arrested after breakfast on Saturday morning. An officer on patrol observed the man near a restaurant in the 2700 block of Commercial. The subject matched the description of a man with a warrant out of Idaho with nationwide extradition. Two officers approached the man and asked him to show his hands. He purposefully ignored their commands and ran the opposite way, leading one of the officers on a foot pursuit eastbound on 28th Street, then northbound on R Avenue. The subject stumbled in the 2700 block of R Avenue and was taken into custody without incident within a few moments. A search incident to arrest yielded a folding pocketknife and several unused needles. He was transported to jail and booked on his warrant and resisting arrest and fugitive from justice charges.

On Saturday afternoon, a woman came to APD to report that she and her boyfriend had just gotten into an argument and he threw a glass at her which nearly struck her head. Officers responded to the scene and took the male into custody after observing evidence consistent with the woman’s report. The 30-year old was booked in the Skagit County Jail on a malicious mischief, domestic violence charge.

Approximately $18 worth of personal care items was stolen from a drug store in town on Sunday afternoon. An employee of the store told police that a woman known to them had been shopping, then went into the restroom and left a short time later. The woman had left packaging for eyeliner and nail polish in the bathroom and became angry when confronted by store staff. She then took off in a black car. The following day, an APD Sergeant contacted the 24-year old woman at her home and took her into custody on a 3rd Degree Theft charge. She and an associated male were also banned from the store. The female suspect was released at the scene.

Monday, January 16

A “G” Avenue resident called police to report approximately $100 worth of prescription medication that was stolen after it was delivered by the postal service. The victim will consider having future deliveries sent to a PO box. There are no suspects.

Police would like to speak with a local artist who opted to paint expletives and vulgar language with black spray paint on an outhouse and the road on West 3rd and Jackson Street.   

Tuesday, January 17

An Anacortes woman was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended after an APD Officer contacted her for driving 13 mph over the posted 30 mph speed limit on D Avenue on Tuesday morning.

The School Resource Officer discovered to areas at the high school that had been spray-painted with vulgar content in red, black, and white spray paint. The incident may be related to graffiti painted on West Third Street the previous day.

Wednesday, January 18

An Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol on State Route 20 just after midnight on Wednesday morning when he ran a vehicle registration that revealed that a blue sedan had been sold the previous summer, but no new owner was listed. The officer performed a traffic stop and the 53-year old Bellingham driver immediately stated that she did not have a good license. A records check revealed that the woman’s license had been suspended since August 2011. She was taken into custody and charged with Driving With License Suspended 3rd and failure to transfer title within 45 days. She was then released at the scene.

A 53-year old La Conner woman was arrested by APD just after 5:30 on Wednesday morning. Police were dispatched to a call that was initiated by a grocery store employee who suspected that the woman had walked out of the store with a bag of items she had not paid for. Officers located the woman in the 1800 block of Commercial. A search of her belongings revealed nothing of the ordinary, however, a records check revealed that she had a felony warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken into custody and transported to jail where she was booked on her warrant.

A 30-year old Anacortes woman and 21-year old Anacortes man were recognized by an APD Officer driving by in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue. The officer ran a records check on the two and discovered that both had misdemeanor warrants—hit and run unattended for the man and theft for the woman. Both were booked and released at the scene and advised of their mandatory court dates.

Friday, January 20

An Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on M Avenue observed an older model gold sedan driving 42mph in the posted 25mph speed zone. The Corporal turned around and informed the 18-year old driver of the reason for the stop. The driver said he didn’t realize he was going that fast. The driver seemed to be stumbling over his words, but asserted that he had not been drinking. He stepped out of the vehicle to perform voluntary roadside tests and continued to put his hands in his pockets. He was searched for officer safety reasons and admitted that he had marijuana in his pocket. The driver was taken into custody and cited for Illegal Possession of Marijuana less than 40 grams, then released from the scene.

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

1,111 Skagit Cases (+4)
<60 Cases in ZIP 98221

98 Hospitalizations (+0)
22 Deaths (+0)
38,360 Tests
NA% Positive

87,522 Cases Statewide (+480)
7,533 Hospitalizations (+50)

2,126 Deaths Statewide (+2)

Updated 6:00 pm September 30, 2020.

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