Police Beat

Anacortes Police officers wondered what was going on when they discovered the back door of the police station was blocked.

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, APD Officers discovered that the back door to the police station had been blocked by miscellaneous items that had been lying in the back parking lot. Officers took photographs of fresh footprints in the dirt leading to and from the back door and later reviewed video footage of the incident. In the video, a man was seen putting a traffic cone over his head and later walking off with a traffic cone, snow shovel, and broom. Officers were able to identify the suspect as a 33-year old Mount Vernon man they had contact with earlier that evening. A theft citation was submitted to the court to be sent to the suspect via mail.

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

Sunday, January 22

At approximately 1:20 on Sunday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted an SUV full of juveniles on “A” Avenue. The officer observed the vehicle parked halfway in the road and illuminated the interior with his spotlight to see if there were any occupants. A juvenile female and male were arguing in the front seat of the vehicle and the officer pulled in behind them and activated his emergency lights. The 14-year old male in the driver’s seat was unable to provide a license and he was later released to an adult family member after being advised that he would be referred charges of No Valid Operator’s License. The officer then contacted a 15-year old male known to him who was sitting in the back seat of the SUV. The juvenile smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and watery eyes. He was taken into custody and later released to a family member after advising that he would be referred charges of minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana after a small baggie was discovered in his pocket during a search. Finally, a 16-year old juvenile male will be referred with minor in possession charges due alcohol on his breath and a positive portable breath test reading.

A man with a mustache, wearing a Seahawks hat and blue jeans stole a flashlight from a Commercial Avenue retailer on Sunday evening. Police responded to the scene, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Monday, January 23

A 44-year old Anacortes man was pulled over on Monday morning just after 8AM on SR 20 near the viewpoint for driving 72mph in the 55 mph zone. When contacted by police, the man admitted he had screwed up. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended and he was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was released at the scene.

A 32nd Street resident called police on Monday afternoon to report several hundred dollars’ worth of electronics, children’s toys, and clothing had gone missing from their unlocked vehicle parked in their driveway. The victim thought the incident may have occurred sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. Police think this case may be related to other vehicle prowls committed during that time frame. 

Tuesday, January 24

On Tuesday morning, APD took a report from a victim who stated that his rear car window was impacted and cracked in two separate places. The glass was not penetrated by the projectile. It is unknown where the vehicle was parked when the glass was broken as it was not immediately noticed by the vehicle owner. There are no suspects. 

APD took a report from an Anacortes couple who reported fraudulent charges to their bank card. All told, the victim’s card was used to purchase over $1,000 worth of items that were shipped to an address on the east coast. The victims cancelled their card and contested the fraudulent charges. There is no suspect information and the couple did not know when or where their card information was compromised.

Wednesday, January 25

Two-hundred dollars was stolen from an Anacortes resident via a scam online ad that originated out of Texas. The victim stated that she sent the money in response to an ad for a puppy, but never received it. Subsequent texts from the scammer asked for more money, but the victim did not respond and was advised to block the number and discontinue further contact.

Just after 8:30 on Wednesday evening, an Anacortes Police Corporal was dispatched to suspicious activity reported in an alleyway of the 1100 block of 6th Street. Police officers contacted a van matching the description provided on the 600 block of N Avenue and spoke with two people that emerged from the within. One man, a 22-year old from Anacortes, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant and was released after agreeing to appear in court later in the month. Nothing else of note was observed at the scene.  

Thursday, January 26

APD Officers were called to the hospital on Thursday morning when staff there advised that they had a male patient refusing to leave after being discharged. Officers contacted the 32-year old Marysville man who hesitantly got out of his hospital bed and was escorted outside to a patrol car after being advised that he had warrants for his arrest. The officer gave orders for the man to spread his feet apart so he could be searched incident to arrest. The subject refused to comply and a brief physical struggle ensued. Within moments, the man was searched and placed in the patrol car to be transported to jail where he was booked on a warrant for assaulting a healthcare worker.

An 18-year old Anacortes man was arrested on a Skagit County Superior Court warrant late Thursday morning after he arrived at the Anacortes Municipal Court on another matter. He was transported to the jail and booked on his warrant without incident.

Just before midnight on Thursday, APD Officers arrested a 20-year old Anacortes man for Minor in Possession and Malicious Mischief at the grocery store on 11th Street. A witness called police when they saw the man breaking pots on Commercial Avenue a few minutes prior and he was taken into custody after officers observed evidence of the property destruction. The 20-year old also smelled strongly of intoxicants and admitted to consuming alcohol. He was later released to a sober friend and given paperwork for his February court date.

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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