Police Beat

Several lights in Storvik Park were damaged, apparently by a projectile, this week.

An APD Officer spoke with an Anacortes Parks and Recreation employee on Tuesday morning, May 28. The employee reported $50 in damages to lights in Storvik Park. The glass and metal tops of the lights appeared to be damaged by a projectile, though there were no projectiles amongst the broken glass on the ground. There are currently no suspects in this case.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

An O Avenue resident called police on Saturday morning just after midnight to report the theft of a large portable heater from his driveway. The victim told police that the heater was possibly stolen sometime earlier that evening. The forced-air kerosene heater will cost approximately $300 to replace. 

A 42-year-old Burlington driver was pulled over by an Anacortes Police Officer on Saturday afternoon after a routine check of the vehicle registration revealed that it was expired as of April. During the course of his investigation, the officer discovered that the driver had a Department of Corrections arrest warrant and a suspended license. The driver was taken into custody, cited for driving while license suspended, and released at the scene. DOC staff were unable to respond to take her into custody, so she agreed to reach out to them at her earliest convenience.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Early Sunday afternoon, an APD Officer spoke with a local woman about a domestic violence situation that occurred earlier that afternoon. Per the woman’s statement, her husband had threatened her with a knife during an ongoing argument that started on Saturday night. After making the threat, her husband took her cellphone and left the home in his vehicle, which is when she fled to the police department to make her report. Officers were unable to locate the suspect that evening, but took him into custody at his home on Monday morning. He was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for domestic violence harassment and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

Monday, May 27, 2019

A 24-year-old Seattle driver was given a $187 ticket for following too close on Monday evening after his late model SUV caused reportable damage to the rear of an SUV in front of him that was slowing for traffic in the Sharpes Corner roundabout. There were no injuries.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Just before 3AM on Tuesday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 12000 block of Christianson Road per the report of a male rummaging through dumpsters in the area. Based on a vehicle description, officers contacted an older model sedan driven by a 30-year-old Anacortes man. A routine investigation on the driver revealed that his Montana license was suspended and there was no record of a Washington driver’s license. In addition, the vehicle’s title was cancelled earlier in the year. He was taken into custody without incident for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without a valid title. The man further admitted that he was the one rummaging through dumpsters and he was advised to stop that behavior. He was cited and released at the scene after agreeing not to drive the sedan.

Just after 6PM on Tuesday, a man called police to report the theft of his iPhone 8. Per the report, the man had his phone in his unlocked vehicle that was parked in a commercial lot on the 7600 block of State Route 20.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Two men were banned from a local grocery store on Wednesday per a request from an employee who suspected one of the men of stealing alcohol, and the other of possibly being an accomplice. Officers contacted the men individually and provided them with their respective notices barring them from legally returning to the store for a full year.

The driver of an armored vehicle was given a ticket for unsafe backing late Wednesday morning after he struck a sedan that was backing out of a parking stall in a Commercial Avenue lot. No one was injured. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

An APD Officer wrote a ticket to a semi-truck driver who failed to secure a pallet of bricks properly and dumped several of them on highway 20 near Sharpes Corner on Thursday morning. No vehicles were damaged and no one was injured. 

A 33-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in jail for violating a no contact order and residential burglary on Thursday afternoon. The arresting Anacortes Police Officer investigated the incident after a call to 911 dispatch revealed that the man was an unwelcomed guest at his ex-girlfriend’s home on West 4th Street. The officer contacted the man who seemed to realize that he was in trouble and he was taken into custody without incident.

A 41-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a warrant for controlled substance possession on Thursday night. An APD Officer contacted him on D Avenue and searched him incident to arrest, discovering a piece of aluminum foil and a tube commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics. He was later transported to jail where he was booked on his warrant and given a new charge for drug paraphernalia possession.

Friday, May 31, 2019

A local man called police on Friday afternoon to report an out-of-state collection agency letter he received recently with a balance owed of over $3,000. The balance owed stemmed from a multiple line cellphone plan that was opened fraudulently in his name. The man said he was working with the cellphone provider to resolve the issue.

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.