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A local couple contacted police this week to report several thousand dollars worth of collectables and jewelry missing from their storage unit.The couple moved to town several years prior and hired individuals unknown to them to move several of their household items and belongings. A recent search for these stored items was unsuccessful and the owners think that the movers stole them.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner observed a late model sedan with an inoperable taillight. The officer pulled the vehicle over and told the 21-year old Oak Harbor man why he pulled him over. The man provided a hard copy of his license and registration and a records check revealed that his license was suspended for unpaid tickets. He was cited for driving with license suspended and no vehicle insurance after agreeing to call a friend with a valid license to drive his vehicle from the scene. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

APD Officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute on M Avenue just after midnight on Monday morning. Per the report taken from a woman inside the home, her ex-boyfriend was trying to break in the door and was yelling at her. The dispute began as a verbal argument over a cellphone and escalated when the man made verbal threats of harm and attempted to kick in the door, breaking the locking mechanism and door jam. The 34-year old Mount Vernon suspect was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail for investigation of burglary and felony harassment.

A woman called police on Monday afternoon to report that $400 was stolen from her purse, possibly while she was at a local hair salon getting her haircut. Police interviewed everyone in the building at the time and all denied knowledge of the incident. There are no other suspects identified at this time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

City of Anacortes Parks Department personnel contacted police this week to report graffiti at Storvik Park on 32nd Street. An officer responded to the scene to take photographs of expletives and other lewd content on a portable toilet and sidewalk in the area. The perpetrator may have used construction paint found at the scene.

On Tuesday morning, APD took a burglary complaint near R Avenue and highway 20. The homeowner reported that someone had accessed an unlocked garage and damaged an antique chair valued at approximately $60. There are no suspects in this case.

A Ford F250 parked on 32nd Street was spray painted with orange paint near the rear left wheel. The incident is thought to be related to the Storvik Park incident that occurred at approximately the same time frame.

An APD Officer arrested a 31-year old Blaine man on Tuesday afternoon. The man was turning north on Commercial from 29th Street and the officer observed that he had a cellphone to his ear. He was pulled over and quickly offered that his license was suspended and he was working on having it reinstated. He was placed in handcuffs and later released at the scene with a 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended citation and Cellphone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle ticket. 

The APD School Resource Officer investigated a report he took from a high school parent regarding damage to his daughter’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the lower parking lot at the school during the recent snowstorm and sustained a small crack to the windshield. The vehicle owners later found a rock with a note painted on it that made it look like the damage was likely intentional. There are no suspects.

An APD Corporal responded to a tip from an off-duty officer who was driving eastbound on SR 20 and recognized a vehicle passenger with warrants for his arrest. The Corporal contacted the sedan near SR 20 and Padilla Heights Road. As the vehicle slowed, the male passenger jumped out of the car and ran across SR 20 and into a heavily wooded area. The Corporal is familiar with the fleeing suspect and positively identified him and called him by name several times to inform him that he is under arrest as he fled the scene. Officers were unable to locate the 28-year old who now faces a Resisting Arrest charge.

Just before 6PM on Tuesday evening, an APD Officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of 11th Street per the report of two people drinking in their vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle and could smell the odor of alcohol coming through the window. A male and female in the vehicle were identified and ultimately provided the officer with a half-empty bottle of vodka. Further investigation revealed that there was a protection order between the two and the 48-year old Redmond man was taken into custody for violation of the order and booked in the Skagit County Jail. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

On Thursday morning, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on 6th Street observed a woman known to her driving a vehicle with expired registration tabs. A records check of the driver revealed that the 28-year old had a felony warrant for theft and she was contacted in the 1100 block of 6th and taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrant.

Just before 3PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol observed a small pickup turn onto 14th Street into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing the vehicle to brake hard to avoid a collision. The officer performed a traffic stop and spoke with the 25-year old Auburn man about his driving. The man was able to provide a valid driver’s license, however, the vehicle was sold to him in November 2016 and he had not transferred the title within 45 days as required by law. He was taken into custody and cited for Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days and given an infraction for Improper Display of Tabs as his registration tabs had expired in July. The driver was later released from the scene.   

A City of Anacortes light post and residential fence in the 2300 block of 33rd Street were painted with blue paint sometime over the weekend. The design on the fence appeared to be someone painting around his or her hands. The reporting party was unable to provide suspect information.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A post office representative contacted police to remove a young adult woman from the front lobby. The woman may have been sleeping in the lobby and had a sleeping bag with her.

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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