Police Beat

A local man contacted police early Wednesday afternoon to report that he was the victim of a scam phone call. The victim was called by someone claiming to be “Shawn” representing Apple Computer support telling him that his iTunes account had been compromised. The scammer then told him that he would need to provide iTunes gift cards to fix the situation. The victim then purchased the gift cards and provided the codes to “Shawn.” The victim then spoke with someone from Apple who stated that the call was most likely a scam. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

 Saturday, October 20, 2018

Just before 2AM on Saturday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on State Route 20 observed an older model minivan driving in and out of the lane of travel at speeds varying from 54 mph up to 67 mph. The Sergeant pulled the van over and spoke with the 27-year-old Mount Vernon driver who said he was tired after a long night at work, but had not had anything to drink. The Sergeant did not observe any clues that the man had been drinking. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended and he was arrested, cited, and released on scene where he waited for a licensed driver to pick him up.

A man camping in the marina parking lot off Q Avenue reported that someone had stolen his $1,000 Honda generator sometime overnight. The generator was secured to the man’s trailer and the suspect(s) cut the lock to gain access to the machine. No suspects have been identified.

Forty-five gallons of fuel was stolen from a moving truck parked at a mini storage unit on T Avenue sometime between October 17 and 20. The reporting party told the investigating officer that this is an ongoing issue and he requested extra patrols of the area.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Just after 1AM on Sunday an APD Corporal pulled an older model Honda coupe over on 12th Street for having taillights that weren’t working properly. The 28-year-old Anacortes man driving the car told the officer that he attempted to stop by a fast food restaurant nearby, but discovered that they were closed, so he was going back home. The Corporal smelled alcohol coming from the car and the driver’s eyes were droopy and red, but he denied drinking any alcohol that evening. The man took some roadside tests but had to use his hands to maintain his balance during a simple balance test, and had a difficult time following instructions given him. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing.  The man provided a breath sample yielding a result over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a sober friend and given a copy of his citation.

Monday, October 22, 2018

A local woman called police on Monday to report that someone had called to tell her that she had a warrant for her arrest. The woman did not provide any information or money to the caller and stated that she would block the number from calling her again.

Just after 4:30PM on Monday an APD Officer was dispatched to the Sharpes Corner roundabout to investigate a motor vehicle accident between a late model Chevrolet hatchback and a Subaru wagon. The driver of the Chevrolet entered the roundabout from west to east in front of the Subaru that was attempting to exit the roundabout and travel south towards Oak Harbor. The 24-year-old Lopez Island woman driving the hatchback was given a rotary traffic island violation. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but there were no injuries.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Just before 1AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer on patrol on 33rd Court contacted two occupants of an older model BMW who claimed that they were sleeping in their vehicle, an activity that is not legally allowed in the city limits of Anacortes. Further, the 32-year-old man in the passenger’s seat had a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. The man stepped out of the car and was taken into custody without incident. An officer observed a glass pipe commonly associated with illicit drug use in the car. The owner of the vehicle provided permission for officers to search the car. Officers found that the pipe was connected to a bottle containing methamphetamine residue. The male suspect was booked in the county jail on his warrant and faces possible charges for drug and paraphernalia possession since he claimed ownership of the drugs and paraphernalia items found in the car.

Just after noon on Tuesday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1900 block of 32nd Street observed an older model pickup with the license plate numbers partially obstructed by a trailer hitch. The vehicle was pulled over a short distance away and the driver, a 41-year-old from Anacortes, provided his registration and proof of insurance as requested by the officer but verbally identified himself stating that he had an out of state license and he did not have it with him. A driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended and expired and he was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. The man admitted that there may be some drug paraphernalia within the vehicle and he gave officers permission to search his pickup while he observed the search. A search of the pickup yielded a small scale, a broken pipe with white methamphetamine residue, and a small amount of heroin. The man was cited and released for his driving violation and faces possible drug and drug paraphernalia charges for items found during the search.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A local grocery store manager called police on Wednesday evening to report that a customer was contacted by store staff for stolen merchandise poking out of her boot. The woman completed a transaction, paying for several items, then attempted to leave the store with the items, later determined to be $27 worth of meat and cold medicine. An officer contacted the 71-year-old woman who stated that she tried to take the items because she could not afford to purchase them. She was arrested and issued a copy of her theft citation and ban notice before she was released from the scene.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

At approximately 9PM on Thursday, an Anacortes Police Officer responded to a local fast food restaurant to make contact with an SUV driver who had been driving erratically on highway 20 and other roadways within the city. The suspect driver, a 62-year-old Anacortes man, had slow and slurred speech and watery eyes. He admitted that he had been drinking and he had a small, half-empty bottle of liquor in his cup holder that he claimed had been there for a long time. The man further admitted that he had taken several prescription medications that afternoon. The driver stepped out of his car to take a few roadside tests and displayed very poor balance when doing so. He provided a voluntary breath sample with a reading exceeding the legal amount to safely operate a vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and later booked in the county jail for DUI due to a recent DUI arrest.

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.