Police Beat

After unsuccessfully searching for a kids’ tablet that went missing during a walk, an Anacortes woman got lucky.

A 33-year-old Anacortes woman called on Tuesday, Apr. 24, to report a missing kids’ tablet in a pink case, which was inadvertently dropped during a walk. She walked the route again but was unable to find it. Two days later, a 53-year-old Anacortes woman turned in a tablet which she found in an apartment complex dumpster. It was returned to its owner.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A dingy owner reported that his 10-horsepower kicker motor was stolen from his boat sometime in the previous few weeks. The victim told police that the estimated value of the item is $3,000 and it was stolen from the boat when it was moored at the marina on Q Avenue.

An Anacortes man called police on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 to report that someone had stolen approximately $400 worth of tools from his SUV that was parked at a motel on 6th Street earlier that day. After investigating the matter and reviewing video of the incident, the responding officer was able to identify a 31-year-old male suspect who was a tenant at the motel. The man was taken into custody without incident on theft and vehicle prowl charges when he returned to the hotel just before 8PM that evening. The man initially denied any involvement in the vehicle prowl, but quickly changed his mind when made aware that the incident was on video. The man further admitted that he had a drug problem and there were likely pipes, needles, and heroin in his sedan. The suspect was served with a notice banning him from the hotel, then released and told to watch for charges coming in the mail. A 31-year-old woman was also in the car at the time of the incident. A records check revealed that she had a theft warrant out of the Burlington Police Department and she was taken into custody on her warrant and later released. The vehicle was impounded and later searched after permission to search it was granted by a judge. Officers discovered the stolen tools as well as several spoons, swabs, and bags, all commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics. In addition, officers discovered several pills and a small amount of suspected heroin. The vehicle occupants face possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges as a result of the search.

Late Saturday afternoon, an APD Officer was dispatched to a retailer on Commercial Avenue to investigate a possible theft incident. The officer identified the suspect and contacted the 46-year-old who is known to Anacortes Police Officers. The woman admitted to stealing a pack of lighters and the items were discovered in her sleeve and recovered at the scene. The woman was taken into custody and she and the bike she was riding were transported back to the police station. A small pipe containing white powder thought to be methamphetamine was also recovered at the scene. Officers compared the bike the woman was riding with stolen bikes on file and discovered a match. The bike was later returned to its rightful owner. The woman was cited for possession of stolen property and use/delivery of drug paraphernalia. She was also trespassed from the store, then released from custody.

Just before 7PM on Saturday, APD Officers observed a male bicyclist known to police and ran a routine check on him. The 54-year-old had an active warrant for possession of a controlled substance out of Skagit County Superior Court and he was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on his warrant.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

An 88-year-old Anacortes man was ticketed for following too close on Sunday afternoon for his involvement in a two-car, non-injury accident on highway 20 near Reservation Road. The man’s Buick sedan struck the rear of a Honda that slowed for a yellow light in front of him. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage and the Buick was towed from the scene.

Anacortes Police Officers responded to a call on the 1100 block of 20th Street per the report of a male laying in the grass, possibly experiencing breathing problems. There was a medic unit also on scene and officers were advised that the man had thrown a metal pipe on the ground near to the area where he was laying. Officers discovered a metal tire inflation tube on the ground as well as a small baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine. The man was transported to the hospital to be treated and faces possible drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Just before 10AM on Monday, an APD Officer was on patrol on Hillcrest Drive when he observed a 51-year-old Anacortes man known by the officer to have an active Department of Correction felony warrant for his arrest. Officers took the man into custody on his warrant and searched him incident to arrest. The search yielded a bag containing suspected methamphetamine and the suspect now faces possible drug charges as a result of the search. APD Officers transferred custody to a Department of Corrections Officer. Also contacted on scene was a 50-year old Anacortes man known to police to have been banned from a nearby residence. He was taken into custody and charged with trespassing, then released from custody at the scene.

APD Officers recovered a stolen mountain bike on Monday evening about nine o’ clock after speaking with a local 52-year-old man who was seen riding the bike, acting suspiciously, and then attempting to elude officers who tried to speak with him multiple times. The man was ultimately detained and officers ran a check on the bike he was riding and it returned stolen. The suspect now faces obstructing and possession of stolen property charges. He was released after he was given copies of his charging paperwork.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A 39-year-old Eastsound man was banned from a local grocery store after he attempted to steal $10 worth of macaroni. The store manager observed the man walking out of the store without paying for the item and called police. The responding officer ran a records check and discovered that the man had an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant for driving with license suspended and he was taken into custody on the warrant. The suspect was given his banned notice and booked and released on his warrant.

A 78-year-old Anacortes woman reported a fraudulent charge of nearly $600 on her credit card. The bank told her the money had been wired to a Western Union account in India. The woman said a few weeks ago she called who she believed was a computer technical support line and allowed the person access to her computer. She believed that is how her information was compromised.

Police arrested a 21-year-old Burlington man on a charge of driving with a suspended license. An officer on routine patrol noticed that the vehicle’s registration was expired in 2017, even though there was a current tab on the vehicle. The man said he was unaware of the expired registration. He said the vehicle was recently purchased by a relative from the registered owner. The officer found that the tab was not reported stolen. It was removed and destroyed. The man was cited and released for driving on a suspended license and failure to renew registration.

About $1,000 in damage was done to a vehicle in a hit and run reported around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A 71-year-old Mount Vernon woman reported she was headed west and was turning into the turn lane to go toward Oak Harbor. As she merged, a vehicle came up behind her and struck her rear passenger side bumper. The truck then sped off. It is described as a red older full-size truck that was damaged all over and rusty.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Police responded to a domestic complaint at a motel around 10:30 a.m. The caller reported that a 49-year-old Anacortes man threatened his wife and then left. Officers spoke to both parties, who said the incident was verbal only. The man was banned from the motel.

A 32-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license after being involved in a vehicle accident around 1:50 p.m. at 32nd Street and R Avenue. The 86-year-old Anacortes woman driving the other vehicle was traveling northbound in the 3200 block of R Avenue and was preparing to turn onto 32nd Street. She told officers she saw the other vehicle traveling southbound on R Avenue and thought she had room to make her turn. She said the other vehicle continued faster than she anticipated and hit the passenger side of her vehicle. Both drivers and a passenger were transported to the hospital. The 32-year-old was later transported to jail.

A 54-year-old Anacortes man reported someone broke into the laundry facility at an apartment complex he owns on 22nd Street and pried the locks and stole the associated quarters. The investigation continues.

A 13-year-old Anacortes girl called police after hearing a knock on the door and thudding downstairs. She thought someone had entered the house. Officers contacted two juvenile males who said they were hired by the girl’s mother to do work on the exterior of the house. Officers confirmed that with the mom.

Police received a report of a man yelling in the street and banging street signs around 10:30 p.m. They contacted an intoxicated 33-year-old Anacortes man who stated he was singing, not yelling, and denied hitting any signs. He agreed to walk back to his residence nearby. The officer did not observe any damaged street signs in the area.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A 26-year-old Anacortes man was banned from one of the city’s grocery stores after reportedly attempting a theft, which was deterred by a customer. He is not allowed at the store for one year.

A $6,000 kicker motor was reportedly removed from a display boat in the 400 block of 30th Street. The suspects also caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the boat.

A 61-year-old Anacortes woman reported several thousand dollars hidden in her car was stolen while she was bringing in her groceries. There are no suspects.

A 37-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of DUI after another driver reported a blue van swerving off the road and speeding while coming into town around 6 p.m. Officers caught up with the vehicle on R Avenue and observed the driver swerving and tailgating the vehicle in front.  Officers contacted the driver, who later provided breath tests that were above the legal limit. He was cited for DUI and released to a sober driver.

A 12th Street resident called with concerns that the heavy vibrations from the road paving might damage her residence. An officer answered her questions.

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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