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A 20-year old Anacortes driver told police he had other things on his mind on Saturday afternoon, May 20, when they spoke with him following a two-car motor vehicle accident he was involved in at 11th and Q Avenue.

The driver attempted to turn his small sedan westbound on 11th from Q Avenue when he struck a pickup with a boat in tow. The collision caused damage to all involved vehicles, but there were no injuries. The 20-year old was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Sunday afternoon just before 5PM, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1100 block of 6th Street observed a woman she recognized and ran a records check to see if she had warrants. The check returned with 4 warrants, three from Mount Vernon Municipal Court and one out of Anacortes. The officer contacted the 21-year old who was aware that she had warrants and complied with officers when told she was under arrest. She was taken into custody and transported to APD. She later received a courtesy transport within city limits as the jail declined to book her.

Monday, May 22, 2017

An older model Schwinn bike, gray in color, was reported stolen from a coffee shop on South March’s Point Road on Monday morning. The victim thought the bike was stolen over the weekend. There are no suspects.

A 30-year old Anacortes woman was turning her SUV onto 12th Street from O Avenue when she struck an eastbound SUV. The woman told police that she did not see the vehicle prior to initiating the turn. She was cited for failure to stop at an intersection. The driver of the other vehicle was also given a traffic infraction for operating a vehicle without insurance. No one was injured.

Early Monday afternoon, an Anacortes resident called police to report that her purse containing electronics and bank cards was stolen from her unlocked vehicle on Whistle Lake Road sometime overnight. The victim notified her financial institutions to cancel the bank cards. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

APD took a theft report on Wednesday from a local resident whose computer was stolen the previous evening while she repaired a flat tire. The victim placed her $900 computer and nylon computer bag, amongst other personal items, on the sidewalk on the 600 block of Commercial while she worked on her car at approximately 10PM. She told police that she did not see anyone walk off with it.

An APD Officer on patrol at 12th and M Avenue observed an older model sedan with a damaged headlight and an oxidized license plate cover obscuring registration information. The officer pulled in behind the vehicle at a convenience store near the intersection and observed a registration tab showing the year 2016. He activated his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the 29-year old Eastsound woman driving the vehicle to explain the reason for the stop. The driver seemed nervous and was asked if she was driving on a suspended license. She responded by stating that she probably was driving illegally. A drivers check confirmed that her license was suspended as of January 2011 and she was taken into custody for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and sited and released from the scene after being given a copy of her Driving While License Suspended and Failure to Renew Registration paperwork.

Just before 5PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer was dispatched to the hospital per the report of a 47-year old who was released from care and was now being disruptive and refused to leave the building. A records check of the woman confirmed that she had 4 arrest warrants out of Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Skagit County District Courts for trespassing, assault, and violation of a no contact order. She was taken into custody and transported to APD before being booked and released on her warrants.  

On Wednesday evening at approximately eight o’ clock, an APD Officer took an attempted theft report from a resident on the 9000 block of South Marchs Point Road. The resident called police after his wife observed a man trying to steal contents from within their mailbox. The officer responded to the area and attempted to locate the suspect vehicle based on the description provided, but was unable to find it. 

Just before midnight on Wednesday evening, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on Q Avenue observed a vehicle make a turn from 4th Street onto Q Avenue without using a turn signal. The Sergeant contacted the 52-year old Anacortes driver to inform him of the reason for the stop. A records check revealed that he had an invalid operator’s license for which he was later sited. The check also returned with an arrest warrant and he was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was later booked and released on his warrant.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Just before 9AM on Thursday, an APD Corporal on bike patrol in the area of Rotary Park observed a car in the parking lot with two people asleep in the back seat. The Corporal awoke both of them and recognized the 23-year old male from previous experience. A records check on the male subject revealed that he had 4 arrest warrants. He was taken into custody and transported to the police department. The jail would not accept him, so he was booked and released on his warrants.

A 21-year old Oak Harbor driver was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended (DWLS) on Thursday afternoon after he passed another vehicle in a no passing zone on 41st Street near H Avenue. The arresting officer observed the driver accelerate in excess of the posted 25mph speed limit to make an illegal pass on the left hand side. The driver provided a suspended license out of Indiana and stated that he was going too fast due to the downward slope of the hill. He was taken into custody without incident, cited, and released on scene for DWLS and speeding.

At 8:30 Thursday evening, APD Officers arrested a 26-year old Anacortes man after receiving a resident report of a male subject in the 1000 block of Commercial Avenue acting suspiciously. Officers recognized the man as someone they had previous contact with and ran a records check. The check returned with 3 arrest warrants and he was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. Inside the sweatband of his hat, officers discovered a plastic wrapper containing crystal methamphetamine. There were also drug paraphernalia items including a plastic straw and a piece of burnt foil with drug residue. The man was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for illegal drug possession.

Friday, May 26, 2017

An out-of-town visitor called police at 1AM on Friday to report that someone had just attempted to access his unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home on West 12th Street. The man went outside and scared them off. No damage was done to the vehicle and no loss occurred.

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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