Police Beat

Early Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, APD Officers arrested a 37-year-old woman who had been banned from Port of Anacortes property earlier in the day. A Port of Anacortes staff member noticed that the woman returned to port property on Q Avenue and called police for help. Officers responded and spoke with the woman on a boat docked in the area. She had a box of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer with her and admitted that she did not know the owner of the boat. She was taken into custody for trespassing. A search incident to arrest yielded a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine and a plastic straw, possibly used to ingest drugs. The woman was taken to the Skagit County Community Justice Center and booked on an investigative hold for criminal trespassing as well as drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A 42-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for fighting with her sister-in-law early Saturday morning. Police spoke with both women and other witnesses inside the home on 23rd Street and determined that though the suspect was hurt during the altercation, she instigated the physical contact and was booked in jail on an assault charge. Officer were told that the fight stemmed from a verbal argument over an event that occurred 4 years prior. 

A 40-year-old Oak Harbor woman was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way after she entered the Sharpes Corner roundabout in front of an eastbound hatchback already in the circle. The victim vehicle sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

A 78-year-old Anacortes woman was ticketed for failure to yield at the intersection of 8th Street and O Avenue. The woman was stopped in the westbound lane of 8th Street at O Avenue, then launched in front of a late model pickup driving south on O. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A 21-year-old Eastsound woman was arrested in a local restaurant on Sunday morning on a trespassing charge. APD Officers made contact with her after they received notice from a restaurant manager that she was asleep at her table and they wanted her removed. The woman was placed in handcuffs and taken to APD. She was later released with a copy of her citation after agreeing to appear in municipal court later in the month.

Monday, September 10, 2018

A local woman contacted police on Monday morning to report that sometime over the previous week someone had removed religious stickers from her car, including a crucifix. There are no suspects.

Early Monday afternoon, APD’s Animal Control Officer spoke with a local woman who wanted to report a large breed off-leash dog that lunged at her while she was walking her small breed dog in the area of 3rd Street and N Avenue. The woman and her dog were uninjured in the incident. The ACO was unable to find a dog or owner matching the description provided, but the woman was encourage to call 911 dispatch should the issue occur again in the future.

A Kingsway resident called police on Monday afternoon to request extra police presence in the neighborhood due to a number of vehicles that were struck with eggs in the past week.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A 40-year-old Anacortes driver was ticketed for following too close on Monday after she rear-ended a vehicle driving in front of her on State Route 20. The woman told police that she was briefly distracted and when she looked up, the car in front of her had stopped and she was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Her car sustained significant damage and was towed from the scene. No one was injured.

Anacortes Police Officers went downtown late Tuesday night to speak with a man who was reportedly in possession of a firearm and was threatening to hurt someone. Officers were soon able to locate a man matching the description provided by the reporting party and detained him for questioning. The man was searched for weapons, but did not have any on his person, and denied making any threats. He was later released after officers determined that no crime was committed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A new resident to Anacortes contacted police on Wednesday to report a cat issue. The woman rented an apartment sight unseen and when she arrived at the apartment, she discovered a lot of animal hair strewn throughout the apartment. During the first week of her stay at the apartment, a large tabby colored cat would meow at the front and rear doors, and bolt into the apartment when the door was opened. The cat was not allowed to stay indoors, but had taken up residence under the back deck of the apartment. The Animal Control Officer is working with the property management company to investigate the matter and determine ownership, if any, of the cat.

Early Wednesday evening, APD Officers responded to the front parking lot of the police station per the report of a man and woman in a car that were involved in a possible domestic violence issue. An APD Sergeant was first to respond to the parking lot and he spoke with a 51-year-old Friday Harbor woman driving an SUV. The woman was very upset and told the Sergeant that she and her boyfriend took separate ferries from Friday Harbor earlier in the afternoon to separate themselves from each other because they were not getting along. Shortly after they arrived in Anacortes, the two got into a vehicle together and a verbal argument ensued. The woman, who was driving the vehicle, insisted that the man get out of the car and when he did not, she struck him in the chest with her fist. APD Officers spoke with the boyfriend as well and determined that the woman was the primary aggressor so she was arrested and booked in jail on an assault charge.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Bothell woman called police on Thursday afternoon to report that her purse was stolen while shopping in a local thrift store. The woman told the investigating officer that she put the purse down to do some shopping and when she returned, the purse was gone. There were no witnesses to the theft and there are no suspects at this time.

A local restaurant patron called police on Thursday afternoon to report that she forgot her wallet at her table when she went out to eat on Monday evening and when she returned to retrieve it a short time later, the wallet was gone. Fortunately, no fraudulent charges were observed on her credit card she was advised on ways to take proactive measures to prevent identity theft.

Just after 8PM on Thursday, an APD Officer investigated a vehicle prowl at the lower parking lot of Mt. Erie. A man and woman parked there, went for a hike, and returned to their vehicle that had been broken into via the rear driver’s side window. The victim cancelled her credit cards and contacted her financial institution to assure that no charges were made. There are no suspects.  

Late Thursday evening, an APD Officer on patrol at the R Avenue and 22nd Street roundabout observed an older model sedan with a burnt out headlight. The officer pulled the car over to speak with the 30-year-old Anacortes driver who stated that she had a new bulb for the headlight, but did not install it yet. A routine check revealed that her license was suspended and she was taken into custody without incident. When asked why her license was suspended, the woman said she was not aware of it, but said that she received a ticket a while back and a family member said she would pay for it, but may not have. She was released at the scene with a copy of her citation for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without insurance since she was unable to provide proof of insurance on the vehicle.

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.