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An Anacortes Police officer was able to locate a lost hiker in the forest lands by using cell phone coordinates.

A 15-year-old girl called 911 dispatch to ask for help as she was lost on a trail near Cranberry Lake. The responding APD Officer arrived and spoke with her teenage brother who had been with her, but said they got separated at some point. Using coordinates from the cell tower the call was sent from, the officer located the girl and brought her home to her family.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A 27-year-old Mount Vernon woman was cited for driving with license suspended at 2AM on Saturday. The woman was driving a late model sedan from the area of the Cap Sante lookout when she met an APD Corporal on patrol who observed her vehicle travel over the center line, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision. He made a traffic stop on the car and a records check of the driver revealed that her license was suspended as of 2013 for unpaid tickets. She was taken into custody, cited, and released. A male in the passenger seat stated that he could drive the car from the scene, but a routine check on him revealed that his license was suspended as well, so the car was parked and both were instructed not to drive.

In the mid-morning hours on Saturday, an APD Officer was dispatched to the area of 18th Street and Commercial per the report of a loose dog. Upon arrival, the officer observed someone grabbing the dog by the collar to keep it from running away, but the dog, a black colored lab mix, backed out of the collar and ran off to the area of 19th Street. The dog collar was logged as evidence.

A $200 glass lawn art piece resembling a sailboat was stolen from the 1800 block of 7th Street sometime in the 12-hour period between 6PM on Friday and 6AM on Saturday. The item was described as weighing over 200 pounds, so stealing it likely took more than one person. There are no suspects.

Early Saturday afternoon, an APD Officer was dispatched to the Whistle Lake parking lot per the report of an open door on an unoccupied Subaru. The officer secured the car and left a business card in case the vehicle owner needed to report anything missing from the car.

 A heavy black bench was reported stolen from the porch of a home on the 3400 block of West 2nd Street sometime in the previous week. The bench was described as black with a wavy, rolling design on the back and is valued at approximately $250.

Early Saturday evening, an APD Officer was dispatched to a road hazard on State Route 20. Upon arrival, the officer found a chest freezer in the right lane of travel and contacted a late model SUV parked on the side of the road that had just struck the freezer. The officer gave the driver a case number for insurance purposes and cleared the hazard from the road. There were no injuries.

Monday, March 12, 2018

APD Officers responded to Hillcrest Drive early Monday morning after receiving notification that someone in the area had called 911 when a man unknown to them was walking through their front yard. An APD Sergeant responded and spoke with several people in the neighborhood who ultimately led them to the subject involved in the incident, a local 50-year-old man known to police, who was laying on the ground. When the Sergeant asked him what he was doing, he said that he was running from police. The man had several personal belongings on him and offered permission to search him for anything illegal. A glass pipe with a small amount of a white crystalline substance, possibly methamphetamine, was found in his pocket and he was taken into custody, brought to the police station, and later released. The man faces possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges.

City of Anacortes Parks staff told police that they had seen suspicious activity near one of the storage units at Volunteer Park the previous week. The worker told three teens to leave the area after he saw them tampering with one of the shed doors. They departed on foot into the nearby forest.

An APD Sergeant observed an older model SUV known to belong to a 31-year-old Mount Vernon woman parked in a retail lot on Commercial Avenue at 7:30PM on Monday. The Sergeant discovered that the woman had a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance and went into the business to find her. A short time later, a backup officer observed the woman get into her vehicle with her boyfriend and he contacted them in the car. The woman was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on her warrant. K-9 T-Bone did an exterior sniff of the car and displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal drugs. The car was impounded and later searched. The search yielded some methamphetamine and heroin as well as several paraphernalia items including spoons, baggies, foil, and a scale. Both vehicle occupants face possible drug paraphernalia and drug possession charges.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

An APD Corporal observed a local 36-year-old woman known to police in a retail establishment early Tuesday morning. The Corporal ran a routine check on the woman and discovered that she had two arrest warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. She was pulled over on M Avenue and taken into custody on her warrants without incident. She was later booked and released on her warrants.

A 39-year-old Anacortes driver was pulled over near 12th and M Avenue after she drove her SUV through the intersection without stopping at the flashing red lights controlling the traffic flow. The woman immediately offered that she did not have a valid driver’s license and could not provide valid insurance for the vehicle. She was arrested, then cited for driving with license suspended and given infractions for failing to stop at the stop light and failure to provide proof of insurance before she was released from the scene and instructed to wait for a licensed driver to pick her up. Approximately 30 minutes later, the officer who had just contacted the suspect driver saw her driving on the 1800 block of 12th Street. She now faces a possible additional driving with license suspended charge.

A local coffee stand sustained approximately $1,200 in damages to a utility box adjacent to the drive-thru. Police were called to the scene after the vehicle that struck the box drove off. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle but were able to find a phone number for the registered owner, a 73-year-old woman from Coupeville. The woman was apologetic and stated that she was not aware that anything was damaged when she collided with the box. She faces possible charges for hit and run.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

At 8:40 on Thursday night, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 approaching R Avenue observed an older model coupe driven by a local 23-year-old woman known to police. A routine check through dispatch revealed that her license was invalid and she was pulled over on the 3800 block of Commercial Avenue. While speaking with her, the 28-year-old male passenger, also known to police, was shoving something in between the front seat and the center console. He was told to put his hands on the dashboard for safety reasons and backup officers were called to the scene. Officers later discovered that the man had an arrest warrant and he was taken into custody without incident. K9 T-Bone behaved in a manner consistent with illegal drugs in the car and officers were given permission to search the car and discovered drug paraphernalia items therein. The driver was given two infractions for operating a vehicle without insurance and driving without a license. The passenger was booked and released on his warrant and cited for drug paraphernalia.

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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