Police Beat

It’s the Holiday Season and that means residents need to watch for package deliveries. One resident reported multiple thefts.

Early Monday evening, an APD Officer took a package theft report from a resident on the 2300 block of 12th Street. Three packages containing $60 worth of merchandise were stolen from the residence on three different occasions spanning a 3-week time period beginning in mid-November and continuing through December 6. There are no suspects.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Mid-afternoon on Friday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol was at 6th Street and I Avenue when he recognized an older model station wagon driven by a local man known to police. A routine check on the man revealed that his license was suspended, so the officer pulled him over. The man was informed of the reason for the stop and he stated that he did not know that his license was suspended and he was just giving a friend a ride to the ferry terminal. The man was asked to step out of the car and placed under arrest for driving while license suspended. When asked if there was anything illegal in the car, the man stated that there were two grams of heroin under the front driver’s seat and needles in the trunk. The man then provided consent to search the car and officers discovered the heroin under the seat and several drug paraphernalia items in the trunk. The man was transported to APD and later released. He now faces possible drug, drug paraphernalia, and driving while license suspended charges.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

An 89-year-old Ferndale driver accidentally drove his SUV along the walking path near Sharpes Corner and got it wedged between the fence and guardrail. The driver made a futile attempt to rescue his vehicle from the clutches of the guardrail, but was unable to do so. The responding APD Corporal gave the man a ride to a nearby hotel after hearing of his plans to have the vehicle removed via tow truck the following morning.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Vehicle prowls can be costly to the victim, and one such incident that was reported on Sunday morning is no exception. The victim called police requesting that an officer come to take a look at his older model pickup truck with a broken door handle and driver’s side window. In addition to $400 damage done to the pickup, the victim was also missing approximately $300 worth of clothing and personal care items from the cab. The prowl was done sometime after 11PM the night prior. The victim was unable to provide suspect information.  

Two Scotty electric downriggers valued at approximately $500 were stolen from a boat parked on 13th Street sometime over the weekend. The owner provided several specific identifiers, such as the fact that the downriggers were equipped with braided line, in an effort to locate them and charge the person(s) responsible for the theft. He was unable to provide suspect information.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Just before 9:30 on Monday morning, an APD Officer went to a local church pre-school to investigate the report he received of a small amount of damage done to a picket fence on the church property. There are no suspects.

Someone associated with a white station wagon violated a curbside mailbox on West 3rd Street. The mailbox owners called police about 11:30 Monday morning to report that approximately 15 minutes prior, they saw the vehicle pull up to their box and remove six pieces of outgoing mail. Officers were unable to find the suspect vehicle or mail strewn on the ground at that time.

Just after 5:30PM on Monday, an APD Officer observed a local 42-year-old woman known to him who was walking southbound on Commercial Avenue. A routine check revealed that she had a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug without a prescription. She was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on her warrant.

Just before 6PM on Monday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on 24th Street near the police department observed two women, one of whom resembled a local 32-year-old with an outstanding warrant for DUI. The Sergeant contacted the two women and called the woman with a warrant by name, but she initially denied that it was her name. In addition, officers examined two shopping bags containing several tagged items from local retailers, later determined to be stolen. The 32-year-old was booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrant and a theft charge.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Just after 8PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 3300 block of V Place observed what appeared to be an abandoned motorhome. The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with a man and woman who emerged from it. The officer identified both of the occupants and determined that the 25-year-old Bayview man had a warrant for failure to comply with a court order, and the woman, a 33-year-old from Anacortes, had a warrant for driving while license suspended. Both were taken into custody without incident. The male was booked in jail on his warrant and the woman was booked and released on her warrant because the jail declined to accept her.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Just after 3:30 PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 900 block of 6th Street observed an older model minivan with an inoperable brake light so he pulled the vehicle over to speak with the driver. The 55-year-old Friday Harbor driver was unable to provide a valid registration, and admitted that he purchased the vehicle several years ago but did not transfer the title to his name. The driver was taken into custody for failing to transfer title within 45 days and searched incident to arrest. In the suspect’s jean pocket, the officer located a small baggie containing just under 3 grams of methamphetamine. Further investigation revealed that the man affixed a 2019 tab over the 2016 registration tab on his vehicle so he would not get pulled over. The officer removed the fraudulent registration tab and released the suspect from custody. The driver faces possible charges for drug possession, unlawful use/display of license plate, failure to transfer title, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and failure to renew expired registration.

An APD Sergeant stopped by what she thought was an abandoned motorcycle near the roundabout at the top of Commercial Avenue. Within a moment, the Sergeant noticed that there was a man, later determined to be a 58-year-old from Oak Harbor, working on the bike. A routine check revealed that the man had a driving-while-license-suspended warrant out of the Oak Harbor Police Department, so he was taken into custody on the warrant and transported out of the city and turned over to an Oak Harbor Police Officer.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Late Friday morning, an APD Officer took a theft report from a D Avenue resident. The reporting party showed the officer around his property, specifically a tool shed where several items, including a $2,500 Honda generator, were now missing. The victim told the officer that the theft occurred sometime between 4PM on Thursday and 7AM on Friday.

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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