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Somehow, a local woman got sucked into what appeared to be an international scam after she befriended someone on social media.

A local woman called police on Oct. 9th to report a possible international scam. The Sergeant who took the report wrote that the woman befriended someone on social media and in the course of several months, the two had several online conversations. The plot went something like this—the scammer claimed that he had a large sum of money that was going to be imported from another country, but he needed funding to “insure” the money and container it would be imported in, then money for a “non-inspection certificate.” When the woman was asked for $37,000 for an updated certificate, the scammers threatened arrest if she didn’t send money, and her bank and financial planner interceded, she called police for help. The Sergeant told the woman that this sounds like a variation on a common international scam and was told that the money and individuals she was in contact with were not as they seem and she should cease contact with them.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

A 39th Street resident spoke with police after noticing that someone got into her unlocked car sometime between September 29 and October 1. The car contained some clothing items and personal identifying information that were no longer there when the owner inspected it. There are no suspects at this time.

A 27-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman was arrested and charged with domestic violence harassment on the afternoon of the 3rd by an APD Officer. Police were made aware of an incident involving threatening text and in-person messages the suspect aimed towards her sister following an argument about pets. The other sister feared that the suspect, her sister, might follow through on the threats so she called police for help.

An APD Officer was made aware of a recklessly driven hatchback in the area of 32nd and D Avenue early evening on the 3rd, so he went to the area to investigate. Once there, the officer found a car matching the description driving northbound on D Avenue with an inoperable headlight, so he pulled the car over. The 50-year-old Lopez Island driver willingly took roadside sobriety tests the officer requested since he was aware that the car was nearly involved in various collisions. The woman performed poorly on the roadside tests and later provided breath samples of over twice the legal limit to legally drive a car. She was taken into custody and later transported to jail where she was booked for DUI.  

A 26-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on a Domestic Violence assault charge on the evening of the 3rd after officers investigated a report of a confrontation between the man and his girlfriend on 3rd Street. Investigation revealed that a verbal argument over their relationship became heated and the man pushed the woman into a cabinet and took her new phone which escalated the situation.

Monday, October 5, 2020

A West 3rd resident called police on the 5th to report that sometime over the weekend, two political signs in his yard were destroyed and someone walked on his shrubs. The victim told police that the signs would cost him $30 to replace, but the shrubs would recover on their own. There are no suspects.

Two $5 political signs were stolen from an Oakes Avenue home sometime over the weekend. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes man was given a ticket for improper lane usage after he merged into a vehicle driving westbound on SR 20 at the intersection of Reservation Road. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained more than $1,000 worth of damage in the collision.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Just before 2AM on the 7th, APD Officers responded to a possible domestic violence situation at a hotel on Commercial Avenue. Someone called 911 to investigate arguing and loud noises in a room at the hotel. An officer responded and spoke with a woman in the room and additional officers pulled an SUV over that was driven recklessly from the hotel. In speaking with the man and woman involved, it was determined that nothing physical occurred, but the Sedro-Woolley man who was driving the SUV was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene with a copy of his citation and information about an ensuing court date.

Just before 5:30PM on the 7th, Officers investigated a suspicious complaint in the area of 41st Street and H Avenue. The reporting party told police that there was a man at the intersection who appeared to be under the influence running alongside a passing minivan. Just as reported, there was a van with two people in it and a staggering young man just outside the vehicle. The man was determined to be under the legal age to consume alcohol; admitted to drinking earlier in the day, and provided a voluntary breath sample with a positive reading. The man was given a citation for minor in possession and released to the vehicle occupants who stated they had been attempting to get him into the vehicle to drive him home.

A 23-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia early evening on the 7th after an APD Officer recognized him and ran a routine check that returned with an active arrest warrant. The man was taken into custody without incident and a search incident to arrest yielded a used syringe containing what appeared to be heroin residue. The jail would not accept the man on his warrant so he was released from custody.

Just after 8PM on the 7th, APD Officers responded to the area of Seafarer’s Way to investigate a disorderly complaint called in by Port of Anacortes security staff. The man was yelling at the staff member and struck him in the head, per the victim’s report. After a brief struggle with APD Officers, the man was taken into custody for assault and during the search incident to arrest, officers discovered a burnt straw with possible drug residue. The suspect was booked in jail on an investigative hold for assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

An excavator being used on a project on 6th Street was broken into during the night of the 7th. The suspect stole the excavator battery and caused $200 worth of damage to the battery cover in the process of accessing it. There are no suspects in this case.

A 46-year-old Oak Harbor man came to the Anacortes Municipal Court on Thursday and was arrested by APD Officers after court staff realized that he had active arrest warrants for assault and malicious mischief. The Skagit County Community Justice Center told officers that they would accept the man on his warrants, so he was placed under arrest and transported there.

Fifty-two dollars’ worth of political signs were stolen from the area of Longview Avenue and Commercial. The victim was unable to provide any identifiers on suspects or a time when the incident occurred.

Friday, October 9, 2020

An O Avenue man called police on the morning of the 9th to report that his unlocked sedan with the keys in it was stolen sometime overnight. Just before 7AM on the 11th, an APD Officer on patrol on Summit Park Road observed the stolen car parked in front of what appeared to be an abandoned building. The officer called the car owners and they came to the scene to retrieve it, noting that nothing appeared to be damaged or missing from the car.

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