Police Beat

Police took reports of mail and package theft from a neighborhood off Havekost Rd. over Thanksgiving week.

An APD Officer took a mail theft complaint on Woodside Drive early Friday morning, Nov. 29, after an astute resident noticed a pile of mail laying nearby. The investigating officer returned mail to several area residents and all of them mentioned that no one had permission to have their mail. In addition, several of them mentioned that they were notified of package deliveries that they never received. There are no suspects at this time.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A vehicle shattered a mailbox post on the 2300 block of 37th Street sometime during the nighttime hours and the victim called police to report it. The accident was not reported to police.

A 31-year-old Burlington man was arrested for failure to transfer title within 45 days after he was stopped while driving his 90’s model sedan with a broken windshield on 32nd Street. A registration check on the car showed a purchase date of July 2019. When asked about this, the driver said the previous owner left the country, so they were not able to complete the title transfer.

Just after noon on Saturday, APD Officers investigated a vehicle verses fence motor vehicle accident on the S curve on Oakes Avenue near the intersection of Glasgow Way. The driver sustained minor injury and was given a ticket for wheels off roadway.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The driver of a semi-truck pulling two trailers was issued a ticket for improper turn on Monday afternoon after the truck struck a power pole at the intersection of 14th Street and O Avenue. No one was injured, though several homes in the area were without power following the collision.

A 34-year-old Anacortes man was booked in jail on Tuesday morning on a warrant for operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock. An APD Corporal saw the man by his vehicle parked on T Avenue and arrested him there without incident.

A customer’s vehicle was stolen from an auto shop parking lot at 23rd and Commercial sometime since early November. The vehicle theft was reported to APD early afternoon on November 25th. The vehicle was described as a blue 1982 Toyota pickup with Washington plate 64346Q. Anyone with information about this vehicle should call dispatch on the non-emergency line, (360) 428-3211 reference case number 19-A08678.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The driver of a vintage sedan was pulled over for expired registration tabs as of Spring 2017. The 31-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver admitted that he knew the tabs were long expired. The driver also stated that there was no insurance on the car and he did not have a driver’s license. K9 T-Bone was also on scene and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle yielded a used syringe possibly belonging to a previous passenger. The syringe was disposed of and the driver was given a ticket for no insurance, expired registration, and no valid license. The responsibility of driving the car was then turned over to the licensed passenger.

An officer on patrol in the area of Havekost Road and Marine Drive observed an older model sedan driving 16mph over the posted speed limit, so he pulled the car over to speak with the 49-year-old Anacortes driver. The driver received a speeding ticket and a citation because he was driving with a suspended license. He was arrested and released on scene after agreeing to appear in court.

An officer in the area of Skyline Way and Sunset Avenue pulled a sports car over for driving 37 miles per hour in the posted 25 miles per hour speed zone on Wednesday afternoon. The driver, a 32-year-old from Mount Vernon, had a suspended license so he was taken into custody without incident. He was later released on scene with a copy of his citation and speeding ticket. The vehicle passenger was a licensed driver, so she took the wheel and drove from the scene.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

An Oregon Avenue resident contacted police to report a cold burglary attempt at his home. A neighbor made the resident aware of the damage to a window screen, possibly pried open with a screwdriver or similar tool. No entry was gained and there are no suspects.

Friday, November 29, 2019

An anonymous caller reached out to 911 dispatch on Friday morning to report a loose hog in the area of SR 20 and Marchs Point Road. Officers were unable to locate Porky.

A local woman contacted police on Friday to file an identity theft report. The victim’s bank contacted her the week prior with information on new access cards issued and fraudulent charges that had since been reversed by the bank. The woman was given resources by the APD Sergeant who took the report and was counseled on ways to obtain free credit reports to monitor her credit. She was also advised to report the matter to the Federal Trade Commission.

A downtown Anacortes motel employee called police on Friday afternoon to request the removal of a man who smelled of alcohol and was refusing to leave the lobby. Responding officers immediately recognized the man and placed handcuffs on him upon their arrival while they investigated the matter at hand. The reporting party said the man became verbal and then physical towards staff and patrons when he was told that the motel would not serve him. After a few minutes, the man was released from handcuffs and given a copy of a trespass notice. An officer returned the man’s belongings to him upon his release from the handcuffs, and the suspect then threw them at an officer causing minor injury. He was re-arrested and booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for assault and resisting arrest.

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