Police Beat

Several residents reported attempted scams this week, including one in which someone opened a fraudulent credit card account, then ran up charges of nearly $10,000.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sometime between 6:30 and 8:30AM on the 27th, a small sedan parked in the lower Mt. Erie parking lot sustained a broken rear window per a report from the vehicle owner. The owner also noticed that there was nothing missing from the interior of the car and the front license plate was partially removed. There are no suspects at this time. 

A resident of the 2200 block of H Avenue reported that his luxury sedan was struck by another vehicle sometime in the early morning hours on June 27th causing significant damage to the front bumper and door panels. The other involved vehicle and driver have not yet been identified. 

Someone entered an unlocked older model sedan parked on Longview Avenue sometime between the 26th and noon on the 27th. The owner called police after noticing dangling wire and a key that was jammed into the ignition, possibly in an attempt to hotwire the car. No suspect information was available at the time of the initial report. 

An Idaho man lost his wallet on Commercial Avenue and it was picked up by a local woman who turned the wallet in to an Anacortes Police Officer. The wallet was taken as evidence and based on some of the contents, the Evidence Custodian was able to contact the rightful owner and return the wallet including personal identifying information and financial cards therein. 

A local woman was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on a domestic violence assault charge late night on the 27th. APD Officers contacted her after her long-term boyfriend called 911 to report that the two went out for some drinks and got into a verbal argument while they were out. The boyfriend left on his own and when his girlfriend arrived at home, the argument continued and turned physical to the point where the 73-year-old girlfriend slapped him in the face and overturned several items in the home. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

A boat owner called police after discovering that his Mercury 8 horsepower outboard motor was stolen from his boat while dry-docked along T Avenue. The mariner told the investigating officer that the boat motor was attached to his boat the last time he saw it which was approximately 5 days prior. The victim also mentioned that there were food remnants on the boat which led him to believe that the person or persons spent a considerable amount of time on the boat. There are no suspects at this time. 

A guest at a local hotel called police on Sunday afternoon to report a missing undergarment. The garment was later found and no officer response was warranted. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

A local woman called police to report that someone attempted to file for unemployment using her name. She was given a case number and went on to fill out a claim using the Washington State online reporting system. 

A woman called to speak with the Animal Control Officer because she was in the process of moving and could not catch her cat. The ACO assisted by loaning the woman a live trap. The feline faces possible charges of obstructing. 

A local woman notified police that she was in the process of working with an attorney to correct a fraudulent credit card account that was opened in her name. The woman was unsure who may have opened the account, but was notified by mail that the fraudulent account had almost a $10,000 balance. 

APD was made aware of a longboard theft from the Anacortes Skate Park in the early afternoon hours on the 28th. The owner is not interested in pressing theft charges, but would like to be notified if his gray colored board with olive green wheels is located. 

Late Monday night, an APD Officer was on patrol in the south part of town when he happened upon an older model hatchback with an inoperable tail light. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with the 25-year-old Anacortes driver who admitted that he was having trouble with the tail light functioning properly. A routine check on the driver revealed that his license was suspended. The driver said he was aware of his driving status and, whenever possible, was getting rides to and from work. He was taken into custody, cited, and released on scene. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Just after midnight on the morning of the 30th, APD Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of 22nd Street to investigate a report of a possible malicious mischief incident. The first officer on scene observed a small sedan in the area that traveled to a nearby street and pulled over. Another officer pulled in behind the car and spoke with a local 21-year-old man known to police who was a passenger in the car. The officer told the man he was in the area to investigate a report of broken glass in the area. While speaking with the man, a glass pipe later determined to contain methamphetamine, fell from his pocket. The man quickly grabbed the pipe from the ground, then threw it to the ground causing it to shatter after the officer asked what he had. The man then took off running and did not stop despite officer commands to do so. After a brief struggle, the man was taken into custody and searched. The search incident to arrest yielded a container with heroin and other items commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics. The man was later booked in jail on an investigative hold for drug and drug paraphernalia possession as well as obstructing a law enforcement officer. 

Two residents on Oakes Avenue have political signs outside their homes that were spray painted sometime overnight on the 29th. There are no suspects. 

A local woman contacted police because she thought she may be the victim of an employment scam that originated outside the country. The woman was contacted online reference a data entry job and as part of the screening process, was asked to send a photo of her face next to her driver’s license. She was then sent a copy of a check that she was asked to deposit and utilize funds to purchase equipment for the new job. The victim then researched online and determined it was likely a scam and discontinued contact with the scammer. In speaking with the APD Officer taking the report, it was determined that the woman had taken wise precautions by notifying the Employment Security Department, credit bureaus, and her financial institutions to prevent fraud attempts. 

An APD Officer pulled in behind an older model SUV at the intersection of SR 20 and R Avenue and noted that the registration on the vehicle expired in January 2019 so he pulled the car over. A routine check of the driver’s status revealed that her license was suspended as well, so she was cited on scene for driving while license suspended and got into the passenger’s seat so a licensed driver could take the vehicle from the scene. 

An R Avenue resident left some gas cans for sale on the side of the road and called police when he noticed they were gone. While on the phone with an officer, he noticed that there was cash left behind to compensate for the cans. 

A local man called police to report that a family of raccoons was chasing him late Tuesday night. The perpetrators allegedly reside in a storm drain in the area of 21st and R Avenue. The officer did not respond to the scene, but notified the Animal Control Officer in case follow up is required. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020 

A 22-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested for theft after a local grocer called police to report the incident. The responding officer recognized the suspect as someone who was banned from another store in town approximately an hour prior. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.  

A local church employee contacted APD on Thursday morning to report that two parishioners contacted him to report suspicious emails they received. Per the report, the email was asking for $700 worth of gift cards to help cancer patients and the sender claimed to be the pastor of the church. The emails were determined to be a scam attempt and no funds or personal information was exchanged.  

Friday, July 3, 2020 

A man called police early afternoon on the 3rd to report that he was driving his pickup at the intersection of 6th and L Avenue when he was struck by a sedan. The officer interviewed the at-fault driver who did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance on his vehicle.  The 25-year-old at-fault driver was given a ticket for no insurance and cited for driving while license suspended. No one was injured in the accident. 

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