Police Beat

An Anacortes man walking on Highway 20 near Sharpes Corner caused a disruption and broke a window on a pickup truck trying to get around him.

An Anacortes Police Officer arrested a 25-year old Anacortes man walking on the side of highway 20 near Sharpes Corner on Thursday, March 23, waving his arms and causing disruption in rush hour traffic. The officer was dispatched to the scene after a driver called in about his pickup window being broken by a man walking in the middle of the roadway. When the driver swerved to avoid the man, he lurched towards the vehicle and pushed the rearview mirror into the side window, causing it to shatter. When confronted about the incident, the suspect was confrontational with the officer, stating that he was walking in the roadway because it was easier for vehicles to see him there as opposed to walking on the shoulder. He was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was cited for disorderly conduct and malicious mischief. He was later given a courtesy transport to a friend’s house and released from custody.

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

Saturday, March 18

On Saturday afternoon, APD took a cold theft report from an Anacortes grocery store manager. The manager told police that earlier in the day a man walked out of the store with a cart full of hundreds of dollars worth of grocery items he did not pay for. Investigation continues.

A Stevenson Road storage unit owner called police on Saturday to report a cut to a chain link fence surrounding the property. The reporting party stated that a small hole was cut in the fence and she assumed someone had used it to gain access to stored items within the secured perimeter of the fence. Investigation on scene revealed no obvious damage to vehicles or property in the area, aside from obvious damage to the fence. There are no suspects.

Sunday, March 19

A 14-year old juvenile female was arrested early Sunday morning. Anacortes Police Officers were called to the juvenile’s residence late the previous evening as a result of her slamming doors and throwing things. A short time later, police were called again because the juvenile had thrown nightlights at her mother that hit her in the leg and head. She was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center where she was booked for 4th Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

A 38-year old Anacortes man was arrested by an Anacortes Police Sergeant just after midnight on Sunday morning. The man was driving sporadically in a white sedan on southbound Commercial Avenue, continuing on to State Route 20 where the vehicle increased its speed to over 65 mph in the 55 mph zone and traveled over the fog line multiple times. The Sergeant pulled the vehicle over near the South Fidalgo Bay Road exit. A routine records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an arrest warrant for failure to appear on a theft charge out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. The driver was asked if he had been drinking due to his poor driving, but denied drinking alcohol that evening. He submitted to voluntary roadside tests and successfully completed them. He was taken into custody on his warrant and transported to APD. He was later released from the station. Officers applied for a search warrant on the sedan after K-9 T-Bone alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and later searched, yielding the discovery of several small balls of tinfoil consistent with heroin use. The suspect was issued criminal citations for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia which were sent to the court for mailing.

An orange Mongoose mountain bike was reported stolen to Anacortes Police on Sunday afternoon. The bike was stolen from the 900 block of 23rd Street sometime in the previous 4-6 weeks. There were no matching bikes turned in to APD and no suspects in this case.

At approximately 8:30 on Sunday night, an Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to a local pharmacy in response to a shoplifting incident that just occurred. Investigation on scene revealed that a female walked through the theft detection scanners at the front entrance, then ran off when the alarm sounded. Investigation continues.

Monday, March 20

A 24-year old Mount Vernon man known to police was arrested on Monday morning in the 1000 block of 23rd Street. He was taken into custody without incident and a search incident to arrest yielded nothing of evidentiary value. He was then transported to jail and booked on his Skagit County Superior Court warrant.

On March 13, the Anacortes Police Department’s Animal Control Officer was told by City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation staff that a man in his 50’s was observed in the closed off portion of the forestlands by Little Cranberry Lake with three dogs off leash. Based on the subject’s description as well a description of his dogs and associated vehicles, the ACO was able to identify the man and cite him for three counts of dog at large and trespass him from Anacortes Community Forest Lands within posted fire safety zones.

A found Chihuahua was handed over to APD’s Animal Control Officer on Monday afternoon. The dog was wearing a city license and was reunited with its owner based on information associated with the license.

Thursday, March 23

Renters at a storage unit on S. March’s Point Road called police on Thursday afternoon to report a missing padlock from their unit. Once inside, the renters noticed that someone had rifled through their items and stolen some sporting equipment and collectables. Further investigation revealed that several other units had been affected as well and various antiques and other valuables were discovered missing from some of them as well. A representative from the storage unit surmised that the incident had occurred sometime overnight. Investigation continues.

A representative from a boat yard on T Avenue called police to report two holes that were cut in their fence sometime in the recent past. An initial scan of boats in the immediate area of the holes yielded nothing of note.

Just before midnight on Thursday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 700 block of 28th Street observed a male biker come around the corner and quickly jump off his bike when he saw the police car. The Corporal spoke with the man and informed him of the bike light law and identified him by name and date of birth. A records check revealed that the 42-year old Anacortes man had a misdemeanor warrant for DUI. He was taken into custody without incident and searched. The search revealed a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. He was booked and released from the scene on his warrant and now faces possible drug charges.

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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