Police Beat

Despite the Tulip Festival and increased tourist traffic, this week’s Police Blotter seems unusually quiet, with no incidents reported for four days.

Friday, April 21, 2017

At 8AM on Friday, APD Officers responded to an unnamed retail store on Commercial Avenue per the report of a theft from the store. Officers arrived on scene but did not initially locate the suspect. A few moments later, officers contacted the male suspect, a 32-year old from Anacortes, and took him into custody. Initially the man denied any involvement in the theft of an electronic device from the retailer, but later acknowledged that he had been involved after officers located the device in the restroom where he had been moments before. A search of the suspect incident to arrest yielded several items of drug paraphernalia as well as a ball of heroin. He was transported to APD and later booked and released on a felony warrant for Forgery and a misdemeanor warrant for Resisting Arrest. He also faces possible charges of theft and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

APD Officers were dispatched to SR 20 near Sharpes Corner on Friday at 11:40 AM per the report of a man possibly sleeping by his bicycle near the highway. Officers contacted the 25-year old Arlington man and ascertained that he was trying to get to Arlington to tend to some family matters. A records check revealed that the man was wanted by Burlington Municipal Court for a theft warrant. He was taken into custody on his warrant and a search incident to arrest yielded some heroin, which the man admitted was his. He also stated that he had used heroin two hours prior and it appeared that he may have crashed on his bike which is why he was on the ground next to his bike by the highway. He was provided a courtesy transport to a nearby bus station and released.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just after 2:30 AM on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the 1000 block of 8th Street recognized a parked vehicle associated with a man known to police. The officer ran a records check on the 26-year old with a return of a misdemeanor warrant for theft out of Mount Vernon. He was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest yielded a pair of replica brass knuckles, which were taken by the officer because brass knuckles are illegal. The sleepy subject was then booked and released at the scene on his warrant.

About 5:15 on Saturday afternoon, APD Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of 29th Street per the report of two loose dogs that were lunging at people. Investigation on scene revealed that a neighbor had been aggressively approached by one of the dogs and his father yelled at them before he ran off. After several minutes, officers were able to secure the dogs in the unoccupied home and contacted the owners who were en route to tend to their animals. There were no injuries. Two days later, the Animal Control Officer contacted the dog owners and met both dogs, advising the owners to seek assistance from a trainer to work through their dogs’ aggressive behavior. 

Anacortes Police booked a 29-year old Mount Vernon man in the Skagit County Jail on Domestic Violence Assault charges and two warrants early Saturday evening. The man had gotten into an argument with is ex-girlfriend about their belongings while waiting at a bus stop. The argument escalated and his girlfriend pushed him so he grabbed her around the neck, causing pain and discomfort. A short time later, the girlfriend’s cousin confronted the male subject and struck him in the face and now faces possible assault charges.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No noteworthy incidents.

Monday, April 24, 2017

No noteworthy incidents.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No noteworthy incidents.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No noteworthy incidents.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on the 1100 block of Commercial Avenue early Thursday morning was nearly involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming SUV. The Sergeant turned his vehicle around and followed the vehicle that quickly turned southbound on O Avenue, continuing for two blocks even after the emergency lights on the patrol car were activated. The 19-year old female driver finally stopped the vehicle in the 1100 block of 15th Street and spoke with the Sergeant, explaining that she had not been drinking and apologized for driving in the wrong lane. The Sergeant smelled the odor of alcohol and observed that the driver had watery, red eyes. The driver took voluntary roadside sobriety tests but had a difficult time following directions and maintaining her balance throughout. She was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD where a breath test revealed a blood alcohol level above the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was later released with a copy of her DUI citation and a No Valid Operator’s License infraction due to her inability to provide a valid driver’s license.

On Thursday morning, an Anacortes resident called police to report a sweepstakes scam he was involved in. Approximately two months ago, the reporting party stated that he received a phone call stating that he had won millions of dollars. At a later date, he received a fraudulent check for $5,000 which he attempted to deposit in his bank account, but was later informed that the check was fraudulent. The man told police that he had not lost any money and was advised that this was a scam and he should not provide any personal information or cash any more checks if received them.

An APD Officer was dispatched to a local fast food restaurant on Thursday afternoon per the report of someone consuming alcohol in their vehicle and getting ready to drive off. Based on a vehicle description, the officer contacted a 60-year old SUV driver who had just consumed a partial can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. A portable breath test revealed that he was under the legal limit to legally operate a vehicle. He was issued an infraction for open container and agreed to wait for another driver to collect he and his vehicle from the scene.

Friday, April 28, 2017

An Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on D Avenue observed a vehicle turn onto 23rd Street without the use of its turn signal. The Corporal made a traffic stop and spoke with the 31-year old Anacortes driver who was asked for her driver’s license and stated, “you know I don’t have one.” The Corporal then recognized the woman as someone familiar to police and ran a driver’s check which revealed that the woman had a suspended license as of April 2016 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. She was taken into custody for Driving With License Suspended and cited and released at the scene and advised not to drive without a license.

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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