Police Beat

Here’s a case of a suspect looking suspicious while gassing up his vehicle and drawing the attention of an Anacortes Police Corporal who was also filling his tank.

An APD Corporal was filling his patrol vehicle with gas on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, when he observed a man fueling his SUV at a nearby gas pump who was acting strangely and avoiding eye contact. A routine check revealed that the man had two arrest warrants that may have explained his behavior. When approached, the man said he was not aware of the warrants but complied when informed that he was under arrest. A search of the 29-year-old’s pockets incident to arrest yielded a baggie containing a small amount of heroin. In his jacket pocket, the man had a baggie containing methamphetamine. The search also yielded several elastic bands often used when ingesting illegal narcotics. Officers then spoke with the man about searching his vehicle and he ultimately complied since officers had already found his drugs. A search of the suspect’s vehicle yielded more paraphernalia including a small digital scale and several used needles. He was later booked and released on his warrants and faces possible drug charges as a result of the investigation. A 40-year-old Anacortes woman was also in the car. She provided several different names but officers did not discover her real identity for several minutes and discovered that she also had two warrants for her arrest. She was also taken into custody and later apologized, stating that she did not want to go to jail because it was her mother’s birthday. She was later booked in the county jail on her warrants and charged for providing a false statement to a public servant.  

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Raymarine touchscreen display valued at several thousand dollars was reported stolen from a boat parked next to a residence on O Avenue. The victim was unsure when the theft occurred. There are no suspects at this time.

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman known to police was driving an older model Subaru on R Avenue early Saturday afternoon when she was contacted by an APD Sergeant for driving while license suspended. She was taken into custody without incident and admitted that she had been arrested for suspended driving multiple times in a different county. She was then released at the scene.

An officer on bike patrol contacted a male and female in an SUV parked in a business lot on 11th Street on Saturday afternoon. A routine check of the vehicle registration returned to a 23-year-old Mount Vernon man with two outstanding arrest warrants for trespassing and resisting arrest. After confirming the male’s identity, he was taken into custody after a brief physical struggle with officers. A supervisor arrived on scene and identified the female in the car as a 20-year-old Mount Vernon woman. A routine check on the woman revealed that she had a Mount Vernon Municipal Court warrant so she was taken into custody as well. Both vehicle occupants were booked in the county jail on their warrants.

A 24th Street resident called police to report that his wife struck him, so officers went to the residence to investigate. On scene, officers spoke with the man and woman and observed that the man’s shirt was torn and he had a scratch on his chest, possibly from a physical confrontation between the two. Officers also discovered that there was a no contact order in place that stated the woman was not to be within 500 feet of the residence. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail where she was booked for domestic violence assault and violation of a no contact order.

Just before 8PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on bike patrol on Q Avenue contacted a man who was picking up a piece of dirty underwear with a stick. After confirming that the man was okay, the officer ran a routine check and determined that the 30-year-old Mount Vernon man had two warrants out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court for theft and trespassing. He was taken into custody and booked in jail on his warrants.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

An APD Corporal was on bike patrol on Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of O Avenue when he observed a male on the ground yelling at a woman who was standing at the top of a flight of stairs. At one point, the woman opened the door to the residence and began throwing items out. The Corporal stopped to speak with the male and asked what was going on. The male said he and his girlfriend were having a hard day. The man then provided his girlfriend’s name and a routine check revealed that she had a misdemeanor and a felony warrant. Officers went to the door and called out for the woman, but she did not answer, so they entered through the unlocked door and found her in the crawlspace of the residence. She was taken into custody and transported to jail to be booked on her warrants.

A 24-year-old Burlington man was issued a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right of way on Sunday afternoon for his involvement in a non-injury collision at the Sharpes Corner roundabout. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage when the driver failed to yield to an SUV in the roundabout that was attempting to exit towards Oak Harbor.

Two vehicles were prowled while parked on Thomson Road early Sunday evening. The victims told police that the incidents occurred between 6 and 7PM. A few dollars’ worth of registration paperwork and children’s toys were taken in the incidents. There are no suspects.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A vehicle driving on highway 20 near Thomson Road spun out and went into the ditch early Monday morning. The driver arranged to have her vehicle towed out of the ditch. She was not injured.

A student driver was issued a parking ticket on Monday afternoon after police received a complaint from a resident stating that the car was blocking their driveway.

A 41-year-old Mount Vernon woman was given a ticket for failure to yield early Monday afternoon. The woman drove her pickup into a late model SUV, causing reportable damage to the victim vehicle. No one was injured.

An APD Officer took an attempted fraud report from a woman whose elderly mother nearly lost $400 in a Publisher’s Clearing House scam. When the woman attempted to wire $400, she was told to contact police before she sent the money. The woman was advised to report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Two Yamaha 250 CC dirt bikes were stolen from an unlocked exterior shed near a home on 41st Street on Tuesday night. The owner reported the incident on Wednesday, but had no idea who might be responsible.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

On Thursday evening, a 27th Street resident contacted police to report the theft of a tent and three cans of spray paint from the open carport at her home. The victim thought the theft had occurred sometime in the previous week.

Friday, January 18, 2019

APD Officers spoke with a victim driver who had just arrived in Anacortes via State Route 20. The woman told police that her SUV windshield was cracked when a piece of wood with two nails in it struck the front of her vehicle. She further stated that she thought someone threw the stick at her vehicle, but she did not see anyone in the area as she drove by. The incident occurred just west of the Fidalgo Bay Road exit so officers explored the area, but were unable to find anything of interest.

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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57,198 Initial Doses Given


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