Police Beat

An Anacortes Police officer helped a 93-year-old woman get her water turned back on after a city employee requested a welfare check after the water was turned off.

A city employee requested on Wednesday, July 17, a welfare check on a 93-year-old Anacortes woman after her water was shut off due to nonpayment. The employee talked to the woman, who reportedly said she didn’t have to pay bills and that she left the checks in a bag for the mailman. An officer contacted the woman at her home. She reportedly told the officer it wasn’t possible that she hadn’t paid as she writes a check every few days. She then told the officer that her husband was part of a group of men who arranged with the city a long time ago that they don’t have to pay. The officer assisted the woman in writing a check. The employee later confirmed her water would be turned back on. The officer noted the woman’s mental health appears to be deteriorating and asked adult protective services to be contacted on her behalf.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman called police after discovering her car had been hit in the 3000 block of R Avenue. Her vehicle was parked in a lot and sustained about $750 in damage. An employee of a business reported seeing a red van driven by a younger woman with an older woman in the passenger seat back into the other vehicle. She said she heard a loud crunch followed by some scraping sounds. The woman said the driver appeared embarrassed. After a few moments, the van left the parking lot. The woman did not get a license plate number. There are no suspects.

An officer pulled over a vehicle just before 5 p.m. on eastbound Highway 20 for an expired registration and incorrectly filled out temporary trip permit. The driver, a 31-year-old Mount Vernon man, reportedly said he hadn’t used narcotics in years. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the outside of the vehicle, where it appeared a female passenger had dropped drug paraphernalia when she temporarily opened the passenger door. T-Bone provided a change of behavior in two different locations. A 27-year-old Anacortes man who was a passenger reportedly admitted to being a meth user. A 26-year-old Anacortes man, also a passenger reportedly admitted to using heroin but stated he was clean and in treatment. The 29-year-old Anacortes woman reportedly admitted to using meth that morning. All parties were released. The vehicle was towed and a search warrant was obtained. Officers found various drug and drug paraphernalia items. All four people face drug charges.

An officer noticed a vehicle in the area of C Avenue and 10th Street whose driver, a 34-year-old Lopez Island woman, had a suspended license. The officer contacted the driver at the Washington State Ferries terminal. She admitted to struggling with drug addiction. A second officer contacted a passenger in the vehicle, a 39-year-old Anacortes woman, who admitted to being a heroin user. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the vehicle and alerted on the vehicle. Officers removed several items from the vehicle for two children who were inside the vehicle. It was then towed. Officers obtained a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia and drugs in the vehicle. Charges are pending against both women.

A 36-year-old Indiana man was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence malicious mischief after reportedly assaulting his wife and damaging property after ingesting edible marijuana brownies. Officers found the man lying face down in bed, completely naked and mumbling incoherently.  Medics checked the man over, reporting he was high but OK. The woman told officers they were on their honeymoon and purchased marijuana brownies. A short time after eating them, her husband allegedly assaulted her and damaged artwork in the rented room where they were staying. Officers took the man to the hospital, where he later became more coherent. He reportedly said he did not remember anything about the incident and seemed distraught and regretful once he learned what occurred. He was booked into jail.

Friday, July 13, 2018

A 19-year-old Anacortes woman and a 19-year-old Bow man were banned from a grocery store after customers and employees witnessed them concealing and damaging merchandise around 2:45 a.m. They were seen taking food from shelves, opening it, tasting from the containers, then closing and returning the items to the shelves. The woman denied opening anything other than a jar of salsa in her cart, which she planned to purchase. The man had a warrant and was booked into jail.

An 82-year-old Anacortes man was the victim of fraud. He was called by a man claiming to be from Puget Sound Energy saying his account was delinquent in the amount of $480. He was told to purchase a green dot gift card and await a call. The victim later provided the code numbers for the gift card. He then received his real PSE bill in the mail and upon contacting them, learned he had been victimized.

An 89-year-old Anacortes woman reported that upon returning home from running errands it appeared someone had entered her home on Kingsway and rummaged through her and her son’s rooms. Officers noted both rooms were in disarray. A nearby bathroom window was open and the screen was found leaned up against the wall of the residence. Five jewelry boxes were reported stolen along with jewelry items. The investigation continues.

A caller reported seeing a lime green Jeep back into another vehicle in the 400 block of Commercial Avenue around 7 p.m. The Jeep reportedly went fully on top of the other vehicle’s hood and then took off. The victim’s vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damage. Officers later got a call from the victim, saying he had found the vehicle at the Swinomish Casino and provided a license plate. Officers called the Jeep owner, a 48-year-old Mount Vernon man, who said he had been in Anacortes earlier but had not been driving because he had been drinking. He provided officers with the name and contact information for the person driving. Officers noted there was black paint chippings on the trailer hitch of the jeep, apparently from the victim vehicle. The investigation continues.

An officer saw a vehicle speeding in the active work zone on Highway 20 around 9 p.m. The driver, a 28-year-old Anacortes man, reportedly greeted the officer by name and said he knew he shouldn’t have been speeding and that he still didn’t have a license. It was confirmed his license was suspended. He was cited for the license and speeding and given a warning for not having proof of insurance.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A 28-year-old Alger man, a 27-year-old Langley woman, and a 31-year-old Oak Harbor man all face drug charges after an officer saw a vehicle they were in pass two vehicles across the yellow lines in the Highway 20 construction zone around 1:45 a.m. The driver, the 31-year-old man, reportedly apologized for his driving and later admitted to having a heroin habit. A search revealed drugs on his person. The man said both his passengers had felony warrants and the other man had shoved more heroin up his rectum. Officers confirmed the 28-year-old man had a felony warrant. Officers found a used needle on his person. He denied any heroin was up his rear end, but agreed to notify officers if the bag tore and he started to overdose. The woman also had a felony warrant. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the vehicle and provided a change of behavior. The vehicle was impounded. The two with felony warrants were transported to the police department. The woman requested to use the bathroom and an officer noted a small tinfoil ball floating in the water when she was done. It was extracted and contained two balls of suspected heroin. Both were transported to jail.

An Anacortes man called police because someone was parked in his personal spot at his condo. An officer contacted the vehicle owner, who was on his boat for a fishing derby and stated he would move it when he got back. The caller was not happy with the outcome and was advised since the vehicle was on private property he could have it towed.

Officers responded to an audible burglar alarm on Oakes Avenue. They found the residence to be secure. It was determined a cat in the house set off the alarm.

An 80-year-old Anacortes man was cited for failure to yield the right of way with accident after attempting to merge onto the Highway 20 roundabout and failing to yield to a vehicle already in the roundabout.

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man’s $600 cell phone was stolen while he was swimming at Whistle Lake around 7 p.m. The man and his fiancée left their bags and phones on the shore and it appeared they had been rummaged through and the phone taken while they were gone. They called the phone, which was answered, but they did not believe the person had any intension of returning the phone. An officer later called the phone, which was answered by a business owner who said someone turned it in after finding it in the parking lot. It appeared to have been run over. It was returned to its rightful owner, who plans to replace it.

Officers got a call about a vehicle parked in the handicap stall without a placard in the 7600 block of Highway 20. An officer contacted the vehicle owner, who said he had a placard and placed it on his dash so it was visible.

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office deputies requested assistance in looking for a 77-year-old Anacortes man who left his residence at about 3 a.m. The man reportedly has dementia and was not dressed for the weather. Officers helped search the area. The man was located.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A 25-year-old Anacortes woman checking on her parents’ home called police after seeing a strange car in the driveway and the front door of the residence standing open. By the time officers approached the residence, the front door had been closed. They knocked several times with no answer. The woman let officers in and allowed them to check the house for anyone inside. Officers found five people inside, ages 15 to 21. A sixth had already left. One, a 16-year-old Mount Vernon boy, had a juvenile felony warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to juvenile detention.

Monday, July 16, 2018

An 82-year-old Anacortes woman reported she found two long guns on a top shelf in a walk-in closet of the master bedroom in a home she was renting. She believes they belong to the previous occupant. An officer contacted the property manager, who provided the name of the previous occupant. He was contacted and confirmed the guns were his.

Thrift store volunteers reported someone dumped an organ/piano on their property near a no dumping sign on Saturday. Video of the incident allowed officers to identify a suspect. Officers were unable to contact the suspect.

A 56-year-old Anacortes woman reported her son’s vehicle had been keyed while parked in the 2100 block of 19th Street or at his job in the 900 block of 11th Street. The right rear passenger door had about $200 in damage when a vulgar word was scratched into it. There are no suspects.

An employee of a business in the 12500 block of Christianson Road called to report that someone had driven off with a gas pump hose still attached. It broke away at the quick-disconnect coupling near the top of where the hose connects to the pump. Video will be reviewed in an attempt to identify the vehicle and driver. Estimated repair cost is nearly $700.

A 57-year-old Anacortes woman called to report that someone hit her parked car and a friend witnessed what happened around 1:40 p.m. at Commercial Avenue and 23rd Street. The woman’s friend was looking out a nearby restaurant window when she saw an older man back into the driver’s side bumper. The vehicle then quickly left. The license plate number didn’t match the vehicle description. Estimated damage is $50.

A caller reported someone inside the restroom at Storvik Park broke the lock on the door. Officers contacted a 25-year-old Friday Harbor man known to police who claimed to have called 911 but nobody responded. He used a screw driver to unscrew the lock to free himself from the bathroom. The man and an officer reassembled the lock. There did not appear to by any damage. The parks department was notified.

A 41-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of DUI after a resident called police around 7:15 p.m. saying the driver was staggering and then falling against the vehicle prior to leaving. Officers caught up with the vehicle at the registered owner’s address. The man was sitting in the driver seat of the vehicle with the doors closed. The vehicle was parked with its front tires on a concrete barrier to a flower bed. Officers contacted the man when he got out of his vehicle and noted the smell of intoxicants. He allegedly admitted to having a beer or two. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and later provided a breath sample around 0.35, more than four times the legal limit. The man reportedly apologized for his decision and noted he plans to attend treatment.

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman was faces charges of seven counts of second-degree assault and seven counts of reckless endangerment after reportedly pointing a shotgun at several neighbors over a fence around 8 p.m. on 29th Street. Officers took her into custody in her backyard, detecting a strong odor of intoxicants coming from her breath. She was uncooperative several times during her arrest, including kicking at an officer and banging on the doors and windows of the holding cell. Officers obtained a search warrant for her residence and collected a loaded shotgun, a pistol and ammunition.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A caller was concerned about a coyote standing outside a fenced area watching a man play with a young child and a small dog in the area of West Third Street. He wondered why the coyote wasn’t running away and why the adult didn’t yell at the coyote. An officer drove through the area and did not see the coyote.

An Anacortes woman reported a vehicle prowl in the 2000 block of N Avenue. A pocket knife, about $5 in change and a bank card were stolen from the unlocked vehicle. Another woman reported a lug wrench adaptor, bubble level and hand-made rainbow ribbon bracelet were taken from her vehicle in the 800 block of N Avenue. She guessed entry was made through a rear door, which has a lock that does not work consistently.

A 67-year-old Oak Harbor man was cited for following too close after hitting the vehicle in front of him at the Sharpes Corner roundabout. A vehicle was waiting to merge and the man didn’t realize it was yielding to a motorcycle and struck the back of the other vehicle.

A 22-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence malicious mischief and faces additional theft charges. A neighbor initially called police and reported he was throwing things at a woman across the street. The involved woman told police the man was drunk and had been throwing things in the house and screaming at her. She went to leave and the man reportedly broke a glass planter in front of the car and then threw a stroller at it. There was no damage to the vehicle. Officers were unable to contact the man at that point. A short time later, officers were called to a grocery store concerning a theft that just occurred. Officers located the suspect, the same 22-year-old man, a short distance away. A grocery basket with four bottles of liquor in it was on the sidewalk nearby. A manager noted the man had been in the store several times that day and stolen liquor. Surveillance video will be reviewed to determine everything that was stolen. He was booked into jail.

A theft was reported at a grocery store around 9 p.m. in which a minor took a bottle of alcohol. An employee recognized the 17-year-old Anacortes girl. The girl reportedly came to the store with two friends, one believed to be an 18-year-old Anacortes woman. They purchased several items and then went down the liquor aisle and added a bottle of rum to the bag. The investigation continues.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A 26-year-old Anacortes man was transported to Island Hospital after officers were called around 9:45 a.m. about a man at the airport reportedly yelling and possibly on a runway. A caller noted the man was having mental health issues. Officers found him on airport property screaming. He picked up a stick and started slamming it against a fence before climbing it. Officers followed. The man calmed down some while talking with his wife and officers tried to talk to him. Officers eventually took him into custody. Medics arrived a short time later and evaluated the man.

A man who refused to identify himself called police and said someone threatened to kill him in a road rage incident by shooting him. The man provided a partial license plate of the offending vehicle and stated they were headed toward Mount Vernon. The man then hung up, reportedly saying “we will handle this ourselves.” Dispatch tried to contact the man back but he hung up again. Mount Vernon officers found a vehicle with a similar plate and tried to contact the owner, who was not home.

Washington State Department of Corrections officers requested assistance in apprehending a 50-year-old Anacortes man on a warrant. While officers were in route to his place of employment, they learned the man had been alerted and fled. The business owner reported he was following the man’s vehicle, which was speeding and driving recklessly. The man was reportedly headed to his home, so officers traveled that direction with one taking up a surveillance position. The officer saw the suspect vehicle pass by and recognized the driver as the wanted man. An additional officer arrived the two initialed a traffic stop, taking the man into custody. DOC officers arrived and took custody of the man and had his car towed.

A 42-year-old Mount Vernon man came to the police station seeking advice on a harassment situation. He told an officer he was contracted through a third party to paint a condo complex. One man was constantly yelling and swearing at all his Hispanic employees. The officer confirmed there was no crime and recommended the man work with the third party to sort out the situation.

A 73-year-old Anacortes woman called police to report being intimidated by an off-leash dog while she was walking her own dog on a leash in the 3900 block of Q Avenue. She said she normally avoids that area because the dog is normally on a tie out and acts aggressively when she walks past. On this day, the other dog was loose and lunged toward her, not allowing her to continue. She backed out of the area and left. She felt if she continued to try and walk past the dog he would have bit her. The dog’s owner was contacted and eventually learned from someone at the home that the dog got out an open door. The officer noted concern about the dog’s behavior as he had also charged at the officer in the past.

A caller reported a dog fell out of a second story house window and was injured. The owners were not home and the caller took the dog to her home. An officer noted the dog was conscious and breathing normally and did not show outward signs of injury. The officer transported the dog to the vet. The owners were later able to be contacted and went to the vet as well. The next day, the officer called to check on the dog, who was sore but OK. The owner said they will no longer leave any windows open upstairs and has contacted the manager to get the screen replaced.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Officers responded to an alarm call at the high school around 1:12 a.m. The alarm company advised there was video of two people inside the school walking down a set of stairs by a doorway. The project site is surrounded by fending, which is marked that entry is limited the construction personnel only. Officers contacted a 27-year-old Anacortes man near a construction trailer who appeared to be holding a bundle of archery arrows. He was ordered to toss the arrows over the fence and then climb over, which he did. He was taken into custody on a charge of burglary. He reportedly admitted he had been inside the school and removed the arrows. He said they entered the section being demolished through an unsecured door and also walked around the new building through an unsecured door. There did not appear to be any damage to the building or anything else missing. The man identified the other person with him as a 22-year-old Anacortes man. Officers went to his house but were unable to find him. The investigation continues.

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.