Police Beat

What looked like a man lying on top of a parked car in the middle of the night drew the interest of an Anacortes Police officer.

Just after midnight on Halloween morning, an APD Corporal on patrol in the 300 block of O Avenue observed an older model sedan with what appeared to be a man lying on the roof and another man slumped over the steering wheel. The Corporal stopped to investigate and realized that the object on the roof was a manikin and the person at the wheel was real. The man at the wheel was a 36-year-old known to police and he was sleeping with a glass pipe clutched in his hand. The pipe contained white residue, possibly methamphetamine. The man startled awake, apologized to the Corporal, then started the car and said he would move on. The Corporal asked him to turn the car off and step out so he could speak with him. He was placed under arrest for possession of the pipe containing possible illegal narcotics. Anacortes Police Department’s K-9, T-Bone, was off duty, but Mount Vernon PD offered assistance with their drug detection K-9, and the dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs. The man was released at the scene and informed that he faces possible drug charges. The car was impounded and the Corporal applied for a search warrant so the vehicle can be searched later for illegal items therein.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, October 27, 1028

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol pulled on older model Toyota pickup over on State Route 20 near Sharpes Corner for speeding—68mph in a 55mph zone. The driver, a 34-year-old from Anacortes, stated that the pickup belonged to his co-worker. A registration check on the vehicle revealed that it was suspended as of early 2017 and the driver was placed under arrest. The man was cited for driving with suspended vehicle registration and given a speeding ticket. He agreed to come to his November court date and was released at the scene.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A local woman called police on Monday morning. She was very concerned because she received a spoof call from someone who wanted her to think that they were from the Island County Sherriff’s Office telling her that she had a warrant. She did not provide any personal information or money to the caller.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A 68-year-old Anacortes driver was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way early Tuesday afternoon after he drove his pickup in front of a Chevy sedan attempting to exit the Sharpes Corner roundabout to travel towards Oak Harbor. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

A 55-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for driving while license suspended on Tuesday afternoon. The man was driving his older model sedan and was stopped by an APD Officer because of a badly cracked windshield. The man admitted that he knew his license was suspended, but he lacked the necessary funds to get his license back. He was arrested, cited, and released on scene.

A local 32-year-old man known to APD was arrested by officers who observed him walking his dog at the intersection of 12th Street and I Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the county jail where he was booked on his Anacortes Municipal Court warrant.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

APD Officers arrested a 33-year-old Marysville man on a felony warrant for forgery and booked him in jail on the warrant early Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a home on 38th Street just after 6:30AM per the report of a possible domestic violence situation in the home. Investigation revealed that the confrontation was between the Marysville man and his ex-girlfriend and nothing physical occurred.

A 27-year-old Anacortes man was arrested in a local grocery store for theft on Wednesday morning. The man attempted to steal a bottle of vodka but was caught by a store manager and escorted back into the store while the manager called 911. The suspect was cited and released with a copy of his citation and a one-year trespass notice.

A $500 LG smartphone was stolen from a customer’s cart while he was shopping at a local retailer on Wednesday afternoon. The man told the investigating officer that he had the phone in his cart at the photo center and when he turned around, the cart was gone.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Just after noon on Thursday, APD Officers responded to a local grocery store per the report of someone possibly using drugs in the men’s restroom. Officers contacted a 55-year-old Everett man to speak with him about the incident. When contacted, the man said he was using prescription medications. He was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia for a metal spoon and elastic band in the bathroom stall near him at the time of contact. A search incident to arrest yielded a small baggie of possible methamphetamine. The suspect was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

Just after 8PM on Thursday an APD Officer responded to the area of highway 20 and Christianson Road to find out why a late model sedan was in the ditch at that location. The car was unoccupied at the time of his arrival, but the officer was informed that the driver was in a restaurant nearby. The officer spoke with the man as he walked out of the restaurant and asked him if he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. The man admitted that he was driving the car and must have taken the turn too wide. He further admitted that he had some beer that evening. The man provided a voluntary breath sample just under the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle and was taken into custody for DUI. He was later released to a sober friend at the police station.  

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.