Police Beat

A 27-year old Anacortes man was arrested and transported to jail early Saturday morning, May 27, after an APD Officer stopped him for speeding on Q Avenue.

The driver pulled into a grocery store parking lot and told why he had been stopped. He fumbled with paperwork requested by the officer and smelled slightly of alcohol. When asked, the man admitted he had been drinking and had consumed two beers. The driver took roadside tests, displaying a lack of balance and difficulty following simple instructions. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample greater than twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later booked in the Skagit County Jail on his charge.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an APD Corporal on patrol on the 700 block of O Avenue observed a late model SUV with only one working headlight. The Corporal contacted the 26-year old Bothell driver on the 900 block and informed her of the reason for the stop. The Corporal smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and noticed that the driver’s eyes were watery and droopy. When if she had been drinking, she said she had not been, but agreed to take roadside sobriety tests. She later admitted to consuming beer that evening and provided a breath sample of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was arrested for DUI and later released to a family member from the police station.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A 72-year-old Anacortes woman called to report that she received a letter from the IRS saying her Social Security number had been compromised by another person using it for employment purposes. She confirmed this with an IRS agent. She was given a police case number and told about the IC3.gov website, where residents can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

In another case, nearly $10,000 in fraudulent charges were reported on a 68-year-old Anacortes man’s account. The investigation was forwarded to the state in which the charges were made.

Officers received a call of an injured deer in the Marine Drive area around 10 p.m. The reporting party called back and reported the deer had “wandered off.” An officer checked the area and didn’t find any deer.

A 29-year-old Mount Vernon woman was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly scratching and biting her boyfriend at a marina just before midnight. She reportedly showed up at the boat intoxicated and attacked him for no reason. She allegedly ripped the cabin bedroom door off its hinges and threatened her boyfriend. He ran outside to get away and asked a passer-by to call the police. She was booked into jail.

A man reported finding drug paraphernalia in a fishing locker he owns. He and an employee were cleaning it out and discovered a slightly bent spoon with faint burn marks on the underside. There are no suspects. The spoon was destroyed.

A 31-year-old Oak Harbor man was driving eastbound on Highway 20 near Thompson Road when his passenger wheels caught on a rut off the roadway pavement, causing the vehicle to go down a small embankment around 7:30 p.m. The vehicle apparently struck a fence, bending two poles and partly uprooting one pole. The driver reportedly said he wasn’t paying enough attention to the curve in the road. He was cited for not having a valid ID.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A bank employee discovered a fake $5 bill while doing a cash deposit for a local business. Police noted the bill was a fairly good copy but lacked a watermark. A check of the serial number showed no other similar bills being passed around the county.

A woman reported her 19-year-old son’s vehicle was broken into at the Washington State Ferries terminal. Stolen were handcrafted parts for a custom-made skateboard valued at approximately $1,000. The skateboard has a light colored wood finish with black lettering on the bottom and orange wheels. Anyone with information on the skateboard is asked to contact APD via dispatch at 360-428-3211 reference case #17-A03888.

A 52-year-old Anacortes man reported his Specialized bike was stolen in the 900 block of Sixth Street. A few hours later, an officer saw the bike and three men standing on the corner of 24th Street and Commercial Avenue. At nearly the same time, the owner reported seeing his stolen bike at that location while in the area. The man claimed the bike was given to him and he didn’t know it was stolen. He agreed to return it to the owner. The investigation continues.

A condominium resident called to report someone who did not live there dumping recycling in their bins. An officer talked to a 56-year-old Anacortes woman who lived at a nearby RV park, which only provided a garbage bin. She said she believed there wouldn’t be a problem if she found a recycle bin nearby to place her recyclable materials. She was told not to use the condo bins as they paid for that specific service. She was encouraged to call Waste Management to enquire about other options for her.

Officers responded to a squabble between a 17-year-old boy and his 19-year-old sister in which she claimed he threw a stuffed animal at her. The boy left to avoid further sibling conflict.

Police facilitated the exchange of insurance information after a student hit an unoccupied car in the Anacortes High School parking lot. The youth was counseled about the responsibilities that come with driving, which includes reporting any accidents.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A 72-year-old Anacortes woman reported she was asked to move by some men in a truck at a local grocery store. When she hesitated, they threatened to call the police and say she hit them with her car and then left. The other driver left and never contacted police.

A coin box worth $200 with about $20 in quarters inside was reported stolen from a car wash bay. Surveillance video recorded a possible suspect. The investigation continues.

An officer was doing nightly business checks in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue and came upon a man sitting on the alleyway steps of a closed business. The man could provide no reason for being there. The officer found he had several warrants for theft. While searching him, the officer found suspected methamphetamine. The jail would not accept him for booking. He was given a new court date and told to expect additional drug charges before being released. 

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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