Police Beat

Anacortes police are looking for a man who reportedly attempted to grab a teenager near Cranberry Lake in the forest lands on June 25.  

An Anacortes teen reported a man tried to grab him twice in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. He told officers he planned to meet a friend on a trail in the Cranberry Lake area. On his way, the teen noticed a man acting strangely and asked if he was lost or needed help. The man allegedly grabbed the teen’s wrist and reportedly said “you’re coming with me.” The teen was able to break the man’s grip and started running. The man followed and tried to grab the teen by the shoulder but was unsuccessful. They came upon some unidentified adults and the man fled. The teen met up with a friend and walked to get cell reception. The investigation continues. The person of interest was described as a man in his mid-twenties to early thirties, approximately 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark colored cargo pants. Anyone with information on this incident can call 911 Dispatch on the non-emergency line, (360) 428-3211 reference APD case number 20-A03996.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

A 29-year-old Sedro-Woolley man faces charges of operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock, driving with a suspended license, and failure to renew an expired registration after he was stopped around 4:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Hillcrest Drive. An officer stopped the vehicle after noting several traffic violations. The passenger, a 25-year-old Anacortes man, told the officer they were looking for his cousin and showed the officer night vision goggles. The officer asked if they were prowling cars, which they denied. The driver was cited and released.

A resident complained of barking dogs in the 1100 block of 20th Street. Nobody was home so an animal complaint notice was left. The dog owner later called back and was given options to help control the barking.

A 46-year-old Anacortes man called to report damage to his vehicle’s steering column while parked on Eighth Street. The victim found the plastic panels around the steering column had been removed and the ignition pried apart. He found several screw drivers and a set of someone else’s keys on the driver’s seat, which officers took as evidence. Estimated damage is $250.

A passerby found a wallet in the 1200 block of 34th Street. The owner, who was visiting from out of state and had already left town, arranged for the return of his wallet via mail.

A 64-year-old Carnation man reported losing a key ring with multiple keys while walking on the Tommy Thompson trail from the RV park.

A caller reported a group of protesters yelling and cussing at cars driving by around 3:24 p.m. near Oakes Avenue and Glasgow Way. An officer contacted a pleasant group of protestors who denied yelling or cussing at cars.

A caller reported a stop sign on the ground at the intersection of 14th Street and J Avenue. An officer located the downed stop sign, placed a temporary stop sign at the intersection, and notified the street department.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Officers were notified of a tent on the Heart Lake trail. They contacted a couple who stated they didn’t know they couldn’t camp there. Both apologized and agreed to clean up camp immediately.

A real estate agent called about a possible burglary at a home that would soon be for sale on Harbor View Place. She noted arriving at the house and noticing a small bathroom window was broken. After talking with multiple involved parties, it was determined that the incident was actually a civil dispute involving the home and its contents. No crime occurred.

A 67-year-old Anacortes man called to advise that on three different dates in the last two months someone has rang his doorbell around 2 a.m. and then left. An officer told him of the ding-dong ditch game and to call next time it occurs.

A 66-year-old Anacortes man was banned from a local grocery store after yelling and cursing at staff around 4:45 p.m. A manager first contacted the man when advising him he couldn’t lay in the parking lot. The man stated he had $200 worth of items to return. The manager notified the man that due to the pandemic, the store was not accepting returns. Yelling and cussing reportedly ensued.

Just before 6 p.m. officers received the report of a possible theft at a local marina. The caller reported seeing a man set some tools by a vending machine. The caller assumed the man was there to service the machine, but later discovered that the hinges had been cut off, possibly by a grinder. The officer noted the machine still had merchandise and later learned from the business that owns the machine that money was taken from inside. It was noted the machine had extensive damage and is not repairable. Estimated cost to replace the machine is $500. The investigation continues.

Monday, June 22,2020

A 66-year-old Anacortes man faces a charge of criminal trespass after he returned to a local marina after previously being banned. The man stated he was looking for his sailboat, which appeared to be missing. He was reminded he couldn’t be on the property and he reportedly said he knew that. He was cited and released. His boat was later found adrift and was anchored near Washington Park.

An anonymous caller reported that a city employee has been speeding to his house and it was a recurring problem. An officer talked with the employee and asked him to watch his speed. No violations were observed by the officer.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A 45-year-old Eastsound woman faces a charge of driving with a suspended license after being stopped for speeding around 12:15 a.m. on 12th Street. She said she was on the way to the ferry terminal to pick up her boyfriend, who had a valid license. She was cited and released.

A caller was concerned about a car with no plates parked in front of his house on 22nd Street. An officer called the vehicle owner, who said it was being picked up by a charity later in the day for a donation. He parked it on 22nd because it would be easier for the flatbed truck to pick it up.

A 58-year-old Anacortes man reported an egg had been thrown on his truck sometime overnight in the area of M Avenue and Sixth Street. There was no damage.

On the afternoon of the 23rd, an Anacortes man called police to report that he left his vehicle parked and running along the 3000 block of Oakes Avenue and someone stole it a few minutes prior. The man was concerned about his truck and some belongings therein, but seemed most concerned about his lab mix dog that was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle that day, but on the afternoon of the 26th, an Oak Harbor Police Officer informed APD that the vehicle and dog were recovered and the dog appeared to be in good health. The rightful owner was later reunited with his truck and 4-legged friend. 

A 30-year-old Anacortes man was banned from a business on Skyline Way after refusing to move his vehicle that was blocking equipment and being argumentative with staff. Officers found the man nearby. The store clerk told an officer the man accused the clerk of being racist after requesting his vehicle be moved. Officers noted the man was argumentative and yelled at officers, which is his typical demeanor with officers.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Officers received a report of a suspicious vehicle at a church around 4:30 a.m. An officer contacted a 53-year-old Anacortes woman who said she was doing her morning prayers and noted she normally does them in the chapel, which is closed due to the pandemic.

A 68-year-old Anacortes man reported the theft of a book delivered to his house the previous day in the 4500 block of Lindsey Court. A neighbor also found a stack of mail that did not belong to them, which was returned to the proper owners. There are no suspects.

A 71-year-old Anacortes man reported receiving a fraudulent check while trying to sell an item online. The suspect mailed a check for well in excess of the agreed-on sale price. The man reported checking with his bank and learning the check was a fraud before attempting to deposit it. There was no monetary loss.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A 66-year-old Anacortes man was cited for criminal trespass after being at a marina where he had previously been banned from. He was cited for the same crime earlier in the week. Employees saw the man on the property and called police. The man was cited and released.

A 23-year-old man was banned from a grocery store after reportedly urinating on the sidewalk in front of the store around 5 a.m. The man allegedly confirmed to officers that he had done it but that as there was no one in the area.

A caller reported a bike rack had been thrown into the water at the Guemes ferry on I Avenue. The staff planned to recover everything when the tide went out, which was later confirmed.

A 50-year-old Anacortes woman reported her vehicle was rummaged through overnight while parked in the 1900 block of 23rd Street. It was likely left unlocked. Nothing was reported stolen.

A caller reported a crow stuck in their chimney. The animal control officer, with the assistance of another officer, was able to free the bird and release it outside.

A business person called to report the theft of a package, which happened in March. He told officers the business was supposed to receive a package and it never arrived. After talking with the delivery company, it was determined the package had been delivered in March. Surveillance video showed a man removing the package after delivery. Estimated loss is $400. The investigation continues.

A 23-year-old man was banned from a gas station after refusing to leave. Employees reported the man was in the restroom for about an hour and then remained in the store asking people for help. He was offered a taxi but refused and returned to the restroom, where he remained for another half hour before police were called. The man was provided a courtesy ride to the March’s Point Park and Ride, as requested.

Friday, June 26, 2020

About $20 in change was reported stolen overnight from a vehicle in the 3800 block of West Second Street. The vehicle was locked but the windows were mistakenly left rolled down.

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