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Anacortes Police Tuesday recovered tools and a toolbox on wheels valued at several-hundred dollars.

A small amount of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and a small spring-loaded knife were found on a 36-year old Anacortes man who was arrested early Tuesday afternoon in a grocery store parking lot on Commercial Avenue. Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of 4th Street to investigate a theft of tools report. Officers spoke with the victim who provided a description of several hundred dollars’ worth of tools and a large, black toolbox on wheels that contained the tools. The officer left the area, but later observed a large toolbox and stopped to speak with a man known to police who was sitting nearby. The male suspect was taken into custody for an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant and the tools and box were returned to the victim. The suspect was taken to APD and his personal items were searched, revealing a charged syringe containing heroin, two scales, and a spoon with burn marks. He was booked and released from the scene on his warrant and faces possible charges of drug, paraphernalia, and dangerous weapon possession as well as theft in the third degree.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

A small, blue sedan was pulled over by an APD Officer on Friday night just after 9PM. The officer observed the car driving fast on D Avenue, then eastbound on 28th Street, then run a stop sign at 28th and H Avenue before pulling into a driveway on the 1700 block of 28th Street. The officer pulled behind the vehicle and turned on his overhead lights before approaching the car. As the officer got out of his vehicle, the driver’s door flew open and the officer ordered the male driver out of the car and placed him in handcuffs for his safety. The driver told the officer that he didn’t want to go to jail for driving illegally and he was trying to decide if he should try to run. He was cited on scene for driving with license suspended and possession of a dangerous weapon for an illegal dagger found in the vehicle, then released. APD K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the vehicle to detect the presence of illegal narcotics, and he displayed a change of behavior consistent with illegal drugs in the car. One of the passengers, a local 31-year old woman, told officers that she had a glass pipe containing methamphetamine in her purse. Officers searched the woman’s purse and found several paraphernalia items and pipes and she now faces possible drug charges because of those discoveries.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A 40-year old Anacortes man was arrested on a felony warrant just before midnight on Saturday night. An officer recognized the man riding his bike on Commercial Avenue and ran a routine background check. It returned with a Superior Court warrant for Controlled Substance Possession and the man was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. A glass pipe with brown residue was found in his pocket and a search of his backpack revealed a baggy with a white crystalline substance, likely methamphetamine. The man was booked in jail on his warrant and faces possible drug charges as a result of the items found on him at the time of arrest.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A large brown and white dog was loose in the area of Island View Elementary early Tuesday morning. The dog was successfully captured and reunited with a nearby resident who was taking care of the dog, “Rocky”, who found his way out of the fenced yard.

Just after 8AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer was dispatched to the 400 block of M Avenue per the report of a male sleeping in a pickup truck in the area. The officer arrived and awoke a woman who was asleep in the vehicle. The woman told the officer that her boyfriend was trying to purchase parts to get the pickup running again and he later arrived and provided the same information. A 72-hour parking notice was given to the couple and officer cleared the scene.

A resident on the 800 block of 23rd Street called APD to report that her mailbox was broken that day. There are no suspects in this incident.

A resident of the 2300 block of 23rd Street called police on Tuesday evening to report paint stains on her front door. The incident occurred sometime during the day and there are currently no suspects.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A 21-speed mountain bike was logged at APD as found property on Wednesday afternoon. A woman residing on 24th Street who noticed that it was abandoned in her back alley for several weeks reported it to police.

APD took a report of an abandoned pickup and camper on West 3rd Street Wednesday afternoon. An officer responded, but the vehicle was gone upon arrival.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A 46-year old Anacortes woman was arrested early Thursday morning after her husband called police to report that she was intoxicated and breaking things within a residence on H Avenue. Officers arrived and spoke with various family members who confirmed that the woman was suspected of breaking several fragile items and a fan within the home. She was taken into custody on an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant and a malicious mischief charge, then booked in the Skagit County Jail.

A 49-year old Anacortes man known to police was contacted by an officer in the area of 33rd Street and D Avenue. A resident in that area called 911 to report that there was a shirtless man not associated with any of the homes in the area and he was fastening a bike to a fence between two residences on 33rd Street. Investigation on scene revealed that the suspect did not have permission to be on the property and he was taken into custody and charged with trespassing. He was later released from custody with a copy of two trespass citations from this and another trespassing incident that

The Animal Control Officer investigated a report of a dog locked in a hot vehicle early Thursday afternoon. The dog was doing fine in the vehicle the first time the ACO checked on it and the vehicle was moved a short time later.

A red Kia was pulled over on the 2200 block of D Avenue at 5PM on Thursday for driving 41mph in a 30mph zone. The 31-year old Clayton, Wash. driver said he didn’t realize he was speeding because his speedometer wasn’t working properly. A records check revealed that his license was suspended and he had a felony warrant out of the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested and booked in jail on his warrant and driving with license suspended charge. He also received an infraction for speeding and no insurance on his vehicle.

A local man called police to speak with the Animal Control Officer regarding his roommates not taking proper care of their pets.

At 9:30 on Thursday night, an APD Officer pulled a silver sports car over in the 3300 block of Commercial for a burnt-out headlight. The 25-year old Snohomish driver identified himself verbally but was unable to provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance. A driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended as of January and he was taken into custody and cited for driving with license suspended. He was released from the scene with a copy of the citation and an infraction for operating a vehicle without insurance.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just before 1:30 on Friday morning, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 12000 block of Christianson Road per the report of a domestic violence complaint. Investigation on scene revealed that a 28-year old man engaged in a verbal argument after his sister yelled at him to be quiet when he and some friends were being too loud. The argument then turned physical and resulted in the two wrestling on the ground and a window of the residence being punched out by the male. Police arrested the brother for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. He was booked into the Skagit County Jail.

A 26-year old Bellingham man known to APD was arrested taken to jail on a warrant early Friday morning while standing in line at a local coffee shop. An APD Sergeant recognized the man and a records check returned with a theft warrant out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

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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318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


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