Police Beat

A tan and white cow was running loose in the 1800 block of 40th Court early Sunday morning. With the help of the responding officer, the owner was able to guide the cow back to its home in a nearby field.

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A blue and white 1993 Ford F-150 was reported stolen from a boat yard on Oakes Avenue. The owner told police that the truck was stolen sometime between September 3 and 9. The doors to the truck were locked and there were no keys present at the time of the incident. There are no suspects.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to 3rd and Commercial Avenue at 1AM on Sunday morning to speak with the owner of an older model Chevy pickup that was damaged in a hit-and-run crash. The owner took pictures of the suspect vehicle, a white pickup with Arkansas plates, and gave that information to police. A dayshift officer observed the white pickup in the drive-thru of a local fast food restaurant and pulled it over on 12th Street. The 30-year old driver admitted that he was parked in the area of 3rd and Commercial that morning and no one else had access to his vehicle. He was cited for hit and run, unattended, and agreed to come to his court date later in the month.

APD took a burglary report on Sunday morning from a church on the 1600 block of 29th Street. An Allen and Heath brand soundboard was the only item of note that was stolen in the incident. The cost to replace the soundboard is approximately $4,000. The suspect gained entry by breaking a window on the first floor of the building. Investigation continues.

A juvenile male received minor injuries to his leg when he was bitten by a medium-size dog while running near the high school on Sunday afternoon. The dog’s owner told the victim that his dog was vaccinated, then walked away from the scene.

Just before midnight on Sunday night, an APD Officer was dispatched to the 2100 block of 32nd Street per the report of a vehicle prowl that had occurred sometime that day between 5:30PM and 9:30PM. The victim vehicle was unlocked and a purse containing medications and a wallet were stolen. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

On Tuesday afternoon, a local resident spoke with an officer at the police department about the possibility that he was a victim of identity theft. The man reporting the incident showed the officer a small stack of credit letters and associated bank cards in his name. Also included was a letter from a credit reporting agency that responded to the victim’s ID theft claim and had shut down the accounts. The victim was not out any money to date. It is unknown how the fraudsters accessed the man’s personal financial information to open fraudulent accounts in his name.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An intoxicated 37-year old La Conner man was arrested on Wednesday morning about one AM in a local grocery store. Store personnel called police to report that they witnessed the man stuff several bags of candy in his backpack, then left the store without paying for the items. Police later located the man within the store, surrounded by candy and wrappers scattered on the floor. He was arrested and searched incident to arrest. Officers discovered prescription pills in a plastic bag in his pocket and a sling shot made of a padlock affixed to a bandana. He was transported to APD and later released to the Swinomish Police Department who transported him to his residence. The man faces possible drug, dangerous weapon, and theft charges.

A local car rental company called dispatch to report a car they rented out as stolen. The vehicle was supposed to be returned to another rental branch on September 1, but was last accounted for in another state.  Attempts to contact the renter have been unsuccessful.  

A 26-year old Anacortes motorcyclist was cited for reckless driving and no valid operator’s license on Wednesday afternoon. An APD Officer was attempting to turn northbound on Reservation Road from eastbound SR 20 when the motorcyclist met him in the westbound SR 20 lanes passing cars on the right at approximately 80 mph. The officer followed the bike and pulled it over on SR 20 and R Avenue. When the man driving the bike was arrested, he admitted that he was “being dumb” and apologized for speeding. He was cited and released from the scene. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

On Thursday morning, just before eight o’ clock, an APD Officer was driving westbound on the 4900 block of Oakes Avenue when he observed an approaching sedan traveling at more than 50 mph in the posted 30 mph zone. The officer performed a traffic stop and the 27-year old Hope Island driver returned with a suspended license since earlier in the year. She was cited and released at the scene for driving with license suspended and given a copy of her citation and infraction for speeding.

Just before 5PM on Thursday afternoon, APD Officers took an intoxicated 43-year old Oak Harbor woman into custody for her involvement in an assault. The woman smelled strongly of alcohol and did not recall the incident that occurred a few minutes prior. The victim stated that she was sitting in an outdoor dining area of a local restaurant when the woman, who is unknown to her, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. The suspect faces possible malicious mischief charges for minor damage done to the APD holding cell she was in while in custody, as well as assault charges for her involvement in this incident. She was released to a friend.

At 6PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a car with expired tabs as of May 2016 and made a traffic stop on the sedan. The 35-year old Olga, Wash. driver said he was aware of the expired tabs and was working on updating them. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the car and exhibited behavior consistent with the presence of illicit drugs in the vehicle. When asked about drugs in the car, one of the passengers, a 31-year old woman from Anacortes, admitted that she had a methamphetamine pipe in the car. The car was impounded and all the occupants left the area on foot. The driver and one of the passengers face possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges for methamphetamine and items used to smoke meth that were discovered in the search of the vehicle.

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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