Police Beat

A Vancouver, Wash. driver was arrested and jailed in connection with a stolen vehicle after being stopped by a police officer who had noted poor driving.

Just after 9PM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol observed an older model Ford sedan execute several poor driving decisions as it traveled eastbound on 10th Street towards Q Avenue, including an illegal U-turn and failure to use a turn signal. The officer pulled the car over on 9th Street and spoke with the driver, later determined to be a 23-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., who had his hands out the window while exclaiming “I know how this works”. Further investigation revealed that the car was reported stolen out of Burlington and the driver was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest yielded a glass pipe possibly used to smoke illegal narcotics. The man was taken to jail on an investigative hold for possession of a stolen vehicle and faces possible possession of drug paraphernalia charges as well.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Just before 6AM on Sunday, APD Officers responded to Safeway per the report of a robbery that had just occurred. Investigation on scene revealed that two men were speaking cordially outside the store for several minutes and when the victim, a man in a wheelchair, attempted to leave, the suspect pulled the man’s fanny pack off, pulling him from his wheelchair in the process. The suspect then ran southbound along Q Avenue. Officers were unable to locate the suspect at that time. The victim sustained minor injuries.Investigation on scene revealed that two men were speaking cordially outside the store for several minutes and when the victim, a man in a wheelchair, attempted to leave, the suspect pulled the man’s fanny pack off, pulling him from his wheelchair in the process. The suspect then ran off southbound and officers were unable to locate him at that time. The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident. On Tuesday, APD Officers located the suspect in city limits and took him into custody without incident.

A resident contacted a police officer on duty near the intersection of 4th and O Avenue on Sunday morning to report a broken sink in a nearby public restroom. The officer confirmed the damage and advised the city parks department of the issue.

A local man called police on Sunday to report that his neighbor’s cat often stampedes his front door when he opens it. The man told the responding officer that he is allergic which exacerbates and issue. The man was told that there are no cat leash laws in the city and was told that the information would be passed on to the animal control officer to determine if she had any possible solutions in mind.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Rudolph came early this year! APD’s Animal Control Officer searched West 12th Street per the report of a deer with Christmas lights on its antlers somewhere in the area. She was unable to locate the animal.

A local medical facility opted not to pursue charges on a man located by police on Monday afternoon. A facility employee called 911 to request that an officer locate a wheelchair stolen from them earlier that afternoon. Police located the man a few blocks away and discovered that he was in possession of two wheelchairs that did not belong to him. The items were returned to the facility and facility staff were content with that outcome.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A $100 planter containing a small tree and flowers was stolen from a business on the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue sometime during the night on Tuesday. APD is looking for a suspect who may have green thumbs.

A local church inadvertently left a cargo trailer unlocked on Sunday, September 30th whilst it was parked at the elementary school on J Avenue where they meet. The missing items were discovered on Sunday when over $1,000 worth of electronics needed for church services were not available. There is no suspect information at this time.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Anacortes Police Department was made aware of a man and woman traveling to Anacortes on a state ferry early Thursday afternoon. The two had a no contact order between them and the man, a 33-year-old from Marysville, was ordered by the courts not to be within 1,000 feet of the woman. The responding officer was given a description of the man and woman as well as a license plate number for the sedan they were driving. Just after 1:30PM, the officer observed the car exiting the ferry terminal and followed the car on Oakes Avenue for a while until she pulled it over at the intersection of Alaska Avenue. The officer confirmed that she had the right person and went to the car to contact the male who looked like he was pretending to sleep. The officer called him out by name and he opened his eyes and got out of the car. He was placed under arrest for violation of a no contact order and searched incident to arrest. The man stated that he thought the order was dropped and he reached out to the woman because he was “having a bad day.” The man was transported to APD and a routine search revealed that he was convicted at least three times in the past for violation of a no contact order. As such, he was booked in the county jail on a felony violation of a no contact order.

Electrical supplies valued at $9,000 were reported stolen from a business on South March’s Point Road. According to the business representative, the items were stolen by entering their shop and stripping heavy gauge wire from disconnected electrical panels. There are no suspects in this case.

Friday, October 12, 2018

APD’s K-9 Officer was patrolling on State Route 20 on Thursday evening when he came upon an older model sedan driving 63 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. The vehicle’s windshield also had a large crack in it and the officer pulled the vehicle over for these reasons. The 37-year-old La Conner driver stated that he would slow down and work on getting his windshield repaired. The driver provided a Wash. ID card, but could not provide a driver’s license. The driver mentioned that his license was suspended but he was very close to getting it back. He was arrested for driving with license suspended and released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

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.