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A woman’s car had been painted in pink. Her boyfriend denied involvement. But, pink paint on a shoe undid his story.

A local woman called police on Monday, Oct. 28, to report that her vehicle was covered in pink paint and a derogatory comment was written on the hood. The victim said her ex-boyfriend was a possible suspect and she was the protected party in an anti-harassment order with him. The investigating officer reached out to the ex-boyfriend who met him at an Anacortes residence to discuss the incident. The 23-year-old initially said he was at a friend’s house and did not know anything about the painting incident, however, the pink paint on his shoe told a different story. After the officer brought this to the man’s attention, he admitted to the crime and was taken into custody for violation of the anti-harassment order and malicious mischief. He was later booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his charges.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A local 49-year-old man was arrested and booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for burglary, theft, and drug possession. Anacortes Police Officers contacted the man outside a house that is for sale on M Avenue. The reporting party provided a description of the male and said he was rummaging through the rock garden. When contacted, the man was placing decorative rocks into his backpack and was unable to provide a logical reason why he was on the property. He stepped out of the fenced in area and was placed in handcuffs. A pat down revealed a knife in his front pocket and a search incident to arrest yielded methamphetamine and a pipe.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

A retailer on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue called police to report that a man and woman were in the building despite the fact that they were banned by police on an earlier date. An APD Corporal responded to the scene and observed the man and woman described in the call, and stopped to speak with them. They were cool and calm until they realized they were going to be in trouble. The man, a 26-year-old from Oak Harbor, was taken into custody for trespassing without incident, however, his wallet contained a small baggy of heroin and a used needle. The female had a used heroin syringe on her person at the time of arrest. Both subjects were released at the scene and face trespassing and possible drug charges as a result of the officers’ investigation.

Two 17-year-old Anacortes males were banned by police from a local grocery store recently for their involvement in alcohol theft from the store. The store manager called police after realizing the two of them stole a $10 bottle of vodka. Although the suspects were not on the premises upon officer arrival, a review of the surveillance footage led to positive identification of the two males and their subsequent admission to the theft.

A 29-year-old Seattle man failed to yield to a sedan in the Sharpes Corner roundabout, resulting in a non-injury collision and a $190 infraction.

Monday, October 28, 2019

APD Officers recently investigated an assault case at a local convenience store. Early one morning, the driver of a sports coupe pulled into his parking spot at an odd angle, nearly striking an SUV. The incident resulted in a brief verbal exchange between the two drivers. A few moments later, the coupe driver said some provoking statements to a passenger in the SUV that led to an intense argument and a brief physical exchange between the two men. The SUV passenger, a 43-year-old from Bellingham, was charged with assault, and the 37-year-old Anacortes man who was driving the sports coupe was cited for provoking an assault.

Thirty dollars’ worth of tools and electronics were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on D Avenue. Other than the missing items, no further damage was done to the vehicle.

An H Avenue vehicle owner called police to report that gas caps from two of his vehicles were removed, though he did not think any gas was stolen, possibly because the motion lights scared off the would-be thief.

A 17-year-old man was cited for negligent driving after he took the corner at 35th ST and V Avenue too fast and struck a sedan that was stopped at the intersection head-on. No one was injured in the crash.

Medics evaluated a driver on the scene of a head-on crash at 12th and Commercial. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and were towed from the scene. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way because he turned in front of the oncoming car on a yellow turn arrow.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

An early morning vehicle prowl on the 1700 block of 36th Street was reported to police. In the victim’s surveillance footage, the viewer could see someone open the unlocked door of the vehicle and go through the center console. The vehicle was not damaged and nothing was taken in this incident.

A vehicle prowl victim is interested in filing charges if the subject who routed around in his unlocked vehicle is caught. This prowl was one in a series of several that were reported in central Anacortes.

An APD Officer was on patrol on SR 20 around midnight when he noticed that the SUV in front of him had expired registration tags as of the end of August. The 41-year-old Mount Vernon driver said he did not have his driver’s license with him, which made sense because it was later determined that his license was suspended and there was an ignition interlock requirement in place for any vehicle he drives, though none was present in the SUV. The man was taken into custody and charged for his violations, then released from custody after agreeing to appear at his mandatory court date.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

An APD Officer went to investigate a suspicious complaint in an abandoned building on 5th Street on Halloween afternoon. The officer contacted two males and asked them why they were in the building. They could not provide a good answer, and one of the males, a 17-year-old juvenile from Anacortes, admitted to smoking marijuana and admitted that a glass pipe lying on the ground was his. Due to him being underage, the bong was confiscated as evidence and the male subject was given an education citation, a program that connects kids who have been caught using alcohol or marijuana with education and intervention services in the community.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Over Time

178 Positive Cases (+6)
27 Hospitalized (+2)
5 Deaths (+1)
39 Recovered
723 Tested as of 4/4

Updated April 9, 2020
Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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