Police Beat

As if to demonstrate that meth drug use is a problem in Anacortes, two meth cases are in this week’s police blotter.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just after 4PM on March 3, an APD Sergeant pulled a pickup over in the 1400 block of Commercial Avenue. The pickup had a hose and rope dragging over the side on the roadway and the Sergeant went to speak with the 40-year old Anacortes driver to tell him the reason for the stop. After a brief conversation, the Sergeant went back to his vehicle to run a records check on the driver. A short while later, after discovering that the man had an ignition interlock requirement on his driver’s license, the Sergeant went back to the driver’s vehicle and observed him exiting from a nearby bank. The driver was arrested for no interlock in the vehicle. The APD K-9 Officer was on scene and deployed K-9 T-Bone around the vehicle. T-Bone displayed behavior consistent with drugs being on board the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the male subject had entered the bank and at first had tried to conceal a small container in the trash, then tossed it out a side door of the building before being contacted by police. The container was later discovered by police and contained a baggie with a small amount of methamphetamine. The man was taken to APD and later released to a family member. He faces charges of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructing, No Ignition Interlock, and assault for pushing a woman to the side when he had entered the bank.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Just before 11PM on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 12th Street observed a hatchback turn right on to O Avenue without using a turn signal. The officer performed a traffic stop, contacted the driver in the parking lot of a convenience store in the area, and explained the reason for the stop. The 31-year old Sedro-Woolley driver provided a Washington State ID card, stating that she had an occupational driver’s license. She was taken into custody, cited, and released from the scene for Violation of an Occupational License and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for items associated with intravenous drug use that were found in the car. A male passenger in the vehicle was covering his head with the hood of his sweatshirt and making an obvious attempt to avoid eye contact with officers. He told officers that he was feeling a little sick and he was asked if he needed medical assistance, which he declined. After providing officers with two fictitious names, the 25-year old Anacortes man was positively identified and a records check returned with two warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody on his warrants. Officers searched the passenger side of the vehicle and discovered a kit containing capped needles, lighters, and a small baggie containing heroin. In addition, there were several small granules of methamphetamine. The man was taken to jail and booked on an investigative hold for his warrants and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and providing false statements.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

An F Avenue resident contacted APD on Tuesday morning to report that over $300 in school supplies and sporting gear was stolen from their unlocked car sometime overnight. The victim was unable to provide suspect information.

On Tuesday morning, an APD Officer took a vehicle prowl report from a Cypress Drive resident. The victim reported that sometime during the night, his unlocked vehicle was entered and approximately $100 worth of personal items were stolen as well as the vehicle registration and insurance information.

A $300 leaf blower was reported stolen from the 1700 block of 8th Street. The reporting party stated that the tool was stolen from an open area outside the home sometime in the previous 7-10 days. There is a lot of foot traffic in the area due to a nearby ferry landing, but no suspect information was provided.

A thrift shop on O Avenue contacted police to report that someone had been going through their dumpsters at night. The shop representative requested extra police patrols during nighttime hours.

A 16th Street resident called police on Tuesday to report an incident that may have been an attempt to steal his vehicle. An APD Officer responded to 15th and M where the vehicle was parked. The owner told the officer that the car was not in running condition at the time of the prowl and had sustained damage to the ignition and steering column where someone had attempted to start it with a screwdriver or similar object. The suspect may have attempted to jump start the vehicle by driving it down the hill and, when it would not run, pushed it to the side of the road.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Cypress Drive resident called police on Wednesday morning to report that their unlocked vehicle had been rifled through sometime in the previous 1-2 days and nothing was missing except for paperwork from the glove compartment. The victim requested extra patrol in the neighborhood during the night.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A local Anacortes resident called police on Thursday to report a scam that occurred earlier in the month. The man told police that he received a phone call from someone pretending to be his grandchild who now needed $4,000 to get out of jail. The scammer convinced the man to purchase $4,000 worth of gift cards from a big box retailer and obtained the gift card numbers via phone from the victim. One thing of note was that the scammer anticipated that the store clerk would ask the victim if this was a scam and he was told that there was a “gag order” on the case and no one was to be notified of the details of the situation. The victim was encouraged to file a report with ic3.gov and given information on how to block unwanted calls in the future.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A 24-year old Montana man was arrested for driving under the influence just after midnight on Friday morning. An APD Officer on patrol on the 2800 block of Commercial observed the driver pass by him without his headlights on. The officer pulled the vehicle over in the 1000 block of 29th Street and informed the driver of the reason for the traffic stop. When asked where he had been, the driver said he and his friends had been out drinking that evening. The smell on his breath and watery, bloodshot eyes were consistent with his statement and he was asked to perform voluntary field sobriety tests. The man had a difficult time following simple instructions for the tests and demonstrated poor physical balance. He was taken into custody and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample yielding a result of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was cited for DUI and transported to a local hotel where he was staying.

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.