Police Beat

Anacortes Police this week arrested and booked into county jail a potential suspect in a series of vehicle prowls.

Early Wednesday morning (July 25), a Longview Avenue resident called police to report a suspicious male on foot rummaging around in a vehicle. Officers responded to the area and spoke with the reporting party who provided a description of a young male wearing a hoodie and shorts. Based on the suspect description, officers were able to locate the man, later determined to be a 21-year-old from Mount Vernon. The suspect initially fled from officers on foot on S Avenue and was ultimately taken into custody on Hillcrest Drive. The suspect told the officer that he fled because he thought he was in trouble. The man further stated that he had returned to the vehicle he was in to look for his ID, which he had lost. The man was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an investigative hold for possible involvement in this incident and several other vehicle prowls reported in the southeast corner of the city.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

An Anacortes Police Officer arrested a 19-year-old Mount Vernon man for driving while license suspended early Saturday morning. The officer ran a routine registration check on the vehicle and the return revealed that the registered owner, who matched the physical description of the person driving, had a suspended license. The officer pulled the car over and confirmed that the registered owner was driving and he was arrested, cited for driving while license suspended, and released on scene.

At 1:45 Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial near 31st Street observed an older model sedan take an abrupt left turn onto 34th Street from Commercial Avenue without using a signal light. The officer pulled the sedan over and spoke with the 38-year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle. The woman told the officer that she did not have a good driver’s license, and she recently purchased the car from a friend so did not have the registration or insurance either. The woman was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. She provided consent to search her vehicle for drugs and the search revealed a backpack containing 30 syringes and a small crystalline substance, possibly methamphetamine. The woman was later released and faces possible charges for driving while license suspended and paraphernalia and drug possession charges.   

Just before 3AM on Saturday, two individuals came to the police department to report that they were harassed by a man while parked in their van on the 300 block of O Avenue. The couple said they were vying for a good parking spot for the Shipwreck Fest starting later in the morning and a man walked up to them and said that they couldn’t park at that location. The man, wielding a walking stick, threatened to harm them or damage their van if they did not leave. Officers responded to the area a short time later and contacted a man, known to police, who matched the description provided by the couple. The man admitted to making contact with the couple and telling them to leave. He was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for felony harassment.

Just after 9:00 on Saturday night, an APD Officer contacted a red Honda with a burnt-out driver’s side headlight and expired registration tabs in the 800 block of 23rd Street. The driver, a 23-year-old man from Everett, provided an ID card to the officer but was unable to produce a valid driver’s license. A routine check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of 2015. He was taken into custody, cited for driving while license suspended, and released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

Early Saturday night, the APD K-9 Officer made a traffic stop on an older model Chevy pickup on 7th Street to speak with the driver, a 57-year-old Oak Harbor man, to speak with him about his suspended license. The officer confirmed that his license was expired, and the man was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. Narcotics K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the car and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. A search of the car revealed a straw and baggie with methamphetamine residue so the man was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, the man was given a traffic citation for expired registration since the tabs expired in April. The driver was later released at the scene after agreeing to call a friend to drive his vehicle from the area.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Just before 1PM on Monday, an APD Officer investigated a two car, non-injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of 12th Street and K Avenue. Investigation revealed that a local 34-year-old woman was driving her sedan and, while checking her hair in the rearview mirror, did not realize the SUV in front of her had slowed for traffic. The woman’s vehicle struck the back end of the SUV. Consequently, she was given a traffic ticket for following too close. No one was injured.

A beached seal pup on the 600 block of Seafarers way prompted a call to 911 dispatch on Monday afternoon. Per the reporting party, a group of people was crowding around the animal. The responding officer was unable to locate the animal at the time of his arrival.

Just before 5PM on Monday, an APD Officer responded to the 700 block of N Avenue per the report of a flying golf ball that nearly hit a passing car. The officer arrived in the area of N Avenue and 9th Street and spoke with a person who gave her a golf ball and provided the first name of a possible suspect who regularly golfed in Causland Park. The officer contacted a man matching that description in the park and he admitted that he had been hitting golf balls. He was admonished for his behavior and a moment later the officer ran a routine check on the man’s name. The return revealed that the man had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for possession of stolen property and obstructing. The officer turned around and the suspect, now approximately 100 yards away, got on his bike and began riding away. The man eventually stopped, but initially refused to dismount his bike per officer commands to do so. After a few moments, the man was taken into custody and transported to jail where he was booked on his warrant.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A routine driver’s check on an older model SUV revealed that the registered owner had a suspended license. An APD Officer pulled the SUV over on the 800 block of 21st Street and cited and released the 83-year-old driver for driving while license suspended. He was released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court in August.

At 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted a 19-year-old Tulalip man with a warrant for his arrest driving an older model SUV on 41st Street. The driver was taken into custody on his warrant and transported to APD where he was booked and later released. Narcotics K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the car and displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics. The car was impounded and later searched and a straw containing drug residue was discovered. The driver now faces possible possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A local man contacted police on Thursday afternoon to report fraudulent activity on his bank account and he requested a call from an officer. An APD Officer called the man and took a report reference a mail scam resulting in financial loss. The scam included a mail solicitation asking if the man wanted to be part of a “shopping survey.” The Anacortes man responded and he began receiving text messages providing instruction to cash a $1,000 money order and send $724 via a wire transfer to Georgia. The victim later discovered that the $1,000 money order was invalid and he was out nearly $800 including the wire transfer and fees. The wire transfer company does not have a way of tracking who picked up the order on the receiving end, so no suspect information is available.

Friday, July 27, 2018

A man residing on the 800 block of 30th Street called police on Friday morning to reporting that someone entered his unlocked car overnight and rifled through the contents of his glovebox and stole the vehicle title and a ratchet set. The incident occurred sometime between 9PM Thursday and 7:30AM Friday. There are no suspects.

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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5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
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326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


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