Police Beat

Over $4,000 in jewelry and electronic items were reported stolen from a vehicle that was parked at the state ferry landing. An APD Officer contacted a vehicle owner at the ferry terminal on Monday night, Aug. 7, after the victim called police to report that someone broke into his car while parked in the parking lot sometime over the weekend. There are no suspects.

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A woman called police just before 2AM on Saturday to report that her husband was ransacking her home on the 1800 block of 37th Street. Police spoke with the woman who came home a short time after her husband and discovered that he was in the home ransacking her room and breaking things. She confronted him and asked him to leave, but he was argumentative and did not leave, so she called 911. When police arrived, the man locked the doors to the home and refused to open them, shouting obscenities at officers and his wife. Later on, the woman got a key to the home and officers were able to enter and confront the man who continued to be argumentative and combative. Officers placed him under arrest and he was taken to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on resisting arrest, malicious mischief, and obstructing charges.

A yellow Diamondback Atroz mountain bike valued at approximately $800 was stolen from the front porch of a home on the 1100 block of 17th Street just after 4:30 Saturday morning. The homeowner was awakened by the sound of the porch door opening and began chasing two subjects who fled with the bike to the north on N Avenue. Police were unable to locate the fleeing subjects. Anyone with information on this case should call 911 dispatch on the non-emergency line, (360) 428-3211 reference case #17-A06047.

Just before 9PM on Saturday night, an APD Officer took a report of a stolen Honda Accord. The car was parked in the 900 block of 11th Street at the time it was stolen. A public alert message was sent out by APD on Monday afternoon and later that evening a local resident called 911 to report finding the vehicle, undamaged, within city limits. The vehicle was then returned to the owner.

An out-of-town visitor called police just after 10PM on Saturday to report that her husband was intoxicated and was lying on the hood of her car. Officers investigated on-scene at the Commercial Avenue hotel where the two were staying and determined that nothing physical had occurred and there was no damage to the vehicle, so officers departed the scene. At approximately 11:00, officers were dispatched to the same motel when someone heard yelling and screaming and items being thrown within the room. Investigation revealed that the two engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical resulting in the woman getting head butted in the face. The 42-year old Oak Harbor man was transported to jail and booked on a Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence charge.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

At 7:40 on Sunday evening, APD Officers were dispatched to the area of 32nd and M Avenue per the report of a possible fight in progress. Officers determined that the two involved males were play fighting and one of the males, an 18-year old, was intoxicated. He was charged with minor in possession and consumption.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A 16-year old Anacortes male was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana early Monday morning. The juvenile was driving a sedan with a burnt out taillight and headlight when he was pulled over on the 2800 block of D Avenue. The Corporal making the traffic stop smelled marijuana in the vehicle and, when asked, the driver produced a jar containing a small amount of marijuana. He was taken into custody, transported to the police station, and later released to a parent.

A pressure washer wand valued at approximately $150 was reported stolen from a storage unit in West Anacortes. There are no suspects at this time.

The tire of a small sedan was slashed while parked on the 700 block of Q Avenue sometime between midnight and eight o’ clock Monday morning. The victim had no idea who might be responsible for the incident.

A 21-year old woman from Anacortes was cited on Monday night for theft in the third degree. Just before 7 pm, police were dispatched to a local grocery store for a theft in progress. Officers interviewed the woman in the parking lot and later reviewed video of her removing items from the store shelves and leaving the store without purchasing any items.

Just before midnight on Monday evening, officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 1500 block of Commercial per the report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officers arrived and spoke with two female occupants who were in the area from the Midwest. The women said that their car would not start and they had no money for food or gas. Officers provided a jumpstart and a few dollars for gas to get them started on their journey home.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At 9:30 on Tuesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a vehicle pull into a business in the 3100 block, cutting off an oncoming car in the process. The officer made contact with the female driver in the store to discuss her failure to yield to oncoming traffic. The 29-year old admitted she did not have a license and a records check confirmed her statement. She was cited on scene for driving with license suspended and booked and released from the scene on two driving with license suspended warrants.

The Animal Control Officer contacted a dog owner on Twin Place after receiving a call from a neighbor who stated that her dogs frequently run loose. The dog owner admitted that her dogs sometimes run off her property, but stated that they always come back. She was reminded of the city leash and tethering laws as well as dog licensing requirements within the city. She was given two weeks to obtain the license for both animals.

A local grocery store manager called police Tuesday night to report the theft of meat and alcohol from the store. An officer responded to the area and contacted the driver of an older model pickup matching the description provided to investigate. The 57-year old Lynnwood driver got out of his truck and reached behind his back as though he was pulling something from his waistband. The officer drew his firearm and ordered him to put his hands on the truck and he quickly complied. The man was taken into custody for theft and he admitted that he had stolen the grocery items because he was hungry and wanted to share some food with his two young children who were with him in the vehicle. The man smelled strongly of alcohol and provided a breath sample of approximately three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested and charged with DUI, theft, and reckless endangerment and later released to a family member.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Two APD Officers contacted a 42-year old Friday Harbor man on Friday afternoon about 5 pm near the intersection of 17th Street and Commercial Avenue for an active felony warrant. The subject did not comply with verbal commands given by officers and he assaulted them both in an attempt to flee. He fled approximately two blocks to the northeast and was taken into custody after another brief physical altercation with officers. Two officers sustained minor injuries—one was treated and released at the hospital, the other received first aid treatment. The suspect was booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrant, two counts of felony assault on an officer, and resisting arrest charges. The suspect also faces possible drug charges for items found on him at the time of arrest.

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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