Police Beat

Residents of a 17th St. home were surprised when they heard their front door open and a man walk in. He was still there when police arrived.

Early Tuesday morning, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of 17th Street where they interviewed the residents who stated that they heard their front door open and walked into the living room and discovered that there was a man standing there so they called 911. The suspect was still on scene and officers attempted to interview him, but they were unable to understand his incoherent speech, possibly due to him being under the influence of a narcotic. Officer’s inquiries were met with a blank stare, so they discontinued the conversation and took him into custody and booked the 31-year old in the county jail on a criminal trespass charge.

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Just before 1AM on Saturday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on SR 20 observed a vehicle known to police to be associated with a Burlington man who had a Department of Corrections warrant. After verifying the driver’s identity by pulling up next to him, the Sergeant pulled the car over and arrested the 44-year old driver on his warrant. He was taken to jail without incident.

On Saturday morning, City of Anacortes Parks staff contacted police to report vandalism at Storvik Park. Per the report, someone had spray painted the lenses on three light posts along one side of the footpath in the park. There are no suspects.

Late Saturday morning someone called police to report a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of T Avenue. It was later determined that the vehicle was a volunteer in position to monitor runners in the Polar Plunge event.

Just before four o’ clock on Saturday afternoon, Officers on patrol observed a man known to police in the front yard of a residence on Q Avenue. A record’s check revealed that the 45-year old Concrete man had two warrants for his arrest and he was taken into custody and transported to APD. Officers later booked him in the county jail on his warrants. 

Officers spoke with a local 64-year old man at a local pharmacy late Saturday night after store personnel called police to report a possible theft. The man told police that he brought enough money for beer, but not enough for the $41 package of medicine that was concealed in his pocket. He was arrested for theft and trespassed from the store.

At 10PM on Saturday, an APD Officer was dispatched to the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot to investigate a vehicle prowl report. The victim told the officer that he parked the SUV there at 9:30, went fishing for 30 minutes, and returned to discover a broken front passenger window. There are no suspects and nothing was taken from the car.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A driver on SR 20 called police after she observed a small dog in traffic on the highway. An officer placed the dog in the pound and it was reunited with its owner the following day.

On Sunday morning, just before ten o’ clock, an APD Corporal contacted a man asleep, leaning against a movie vending machine. The 29-year old told the Corporal that he was intending to go to Spokane and the Officer offered him a ride to the bus stop. A routine check on the man revealed that he had a Skagit County Superior Court warrant for taken motor vehicle without permission and assault. He was arrested and transported to jail to be booked on his warrants.

A $4,000 set of pickup rims and tires were stolen off a vehicle for sale at a local dealership. A manager at the dealership told the responding officer that the theft had occurred overnight and there were no suspects.

On Sunday afternoon, an APD Officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of 29th Street to investigate a suspicious vehicle report. The officer located an older model van parked on the street that matched the description and spoke with a 48-year old woman and a juvenile female in the van. The two occupants said they were temporarily kicked out of the place they were staying, but planned to stay the night in a hotel. A background check on the woman revealed that she had an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant and she was taken into custody and transported to APD. She was later transported back to her van and released.

A 60-year old Anacortes driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way on Sunday afternoon. The man was turning onto Commercial from 31st Street and failed to yield to a pickup driving north, causing a collision. There were no injuries.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A San Juan Avenue resident contacted police on Monday to report possible mail theft from his residence sometime over the Christmas holiday while he was out of town. The man told the officer that he thought he had stopped his mail, but the post office did not receive the notification and the mail from the time he was gone was not found.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Just before 1AM on Tuesday morning, an APD Patrol Officer was driving through the roundabout on Commercial Avenue behind an SUV with a partially obstructed rear license plate. The officer pulled the SUV over, spoke with the 39-year old man driving the vehicle, and explained the reason for the stop. A routine driver’s check revealed that the driver had a suspended license for an unpaid ticket, and he was taken into custody without incident, cited for driving with license suspended, and released from the scene.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Just before noon on Friday, a local resident called police to report a fraud call from someone claiming to be his grandson. The reporting party does not have a grandson matching the description, so he hung up and did not provide any personal identifying information or money to the caller.

On Friday afternoon, APD Officers made contact with a small group of juveniles to investigate a report of possible damage to a playground on 13th Street. It was determined that no crime was committed, but officers recognized one of the subjects and confirmed that the 16-year old had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on his warrant.

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.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Over Time

172 Positive Cases (+3)
25 Hospitalized (+2)
5 Deaths (+1)
37 Recovered
723 Tested as of 4/4

Updated April 8, 2020
Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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