Police Beat

Anacortes Police recovered alcohol  and cold medications valued at over $1500 that had been taken from a retail store in Anacortes.

A 27-year-old Bothell man was arrested by an Anacortes Police Officer mid-afternoon on the 2nd. The man was in a passenger car driving on State Route 20 near Avon Allen Road when he was pulled over by the officer. Officers were looking for the car because an Anacortes grocery store representative called police to report the theft of alcohol. Another vehicle passenger, a 26-year-old from Seattle, was also arrested and later booked in jail on a Superior Court Warrant for retail theft and an investigative hold for organized retail theft and driving while license suspended. The items stolen in the incident and later discovered in the car were valued at over $1,500 and included 12 bottles of alcohol and 20 bottles of cold medications.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Just after 2AM on the 28th an APD Officer pulled an SUV over on Commercial Avenue near 15th Street because the title had not been transferred though it was sold in March. The driver, a 29-year-old from Oak Harbor, admitted that his license was suspended, and identified himself verbally. During the course of the traffic stop and the driver’s arrest, K-9 T-Bone arrived with his handler and he was deployed on the outside of the car. T-Bone alerted to the presence of illicit drugs, so the car was impounded and later searched. Meanwhile, the male driver and the female passenger who owned the vehicle were released at the scene. A search of the vehicle later in the day revealed methamphetamine and items commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics, including pipes. The man faces charges of driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia and the woman faces drug and drug paraphernalia charges.

A man called police on the 28th to report that his roommate stole his wallet, cellphone, keys, and associated vehicle earlier that morning. Officers were unable to locate the 61-year-old suspect that day, but caught up with him on the afternoon of the 1st and took him into custody. The man was later booked in jail on a warrant for identity theft and an investigative hold for theft, taken motor vehicle without permission, and possession of stolen property. The suspect told officers where the stolen pickup was parked, so officers went to the pickup to search it and the vehicle and associated stolen items were returned to the rightful owner.

A 20th ST resident called police early afternoon on the 28th to report that sometime overnight, his black Gary Fisher mountain bike with mud flaps was stolen from the front of his house. No suspect information was available.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Just after 4:30AM on the 29th, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a sedan driving westbound at nearly 70 miles per hour, so he attempted to pull the car over. The car fled the area at a high rate of speed and officers were able to locate the car on J Avenue where the suspect driver and an unknown passenger ran away and were not located. The car was impounded and a search of the vehicle revealed several open cans of alcohol and drug paraphernalia, including a small scale with sticky residue. The driver, a local 19-year-old known to police, now faces charges of eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, and minor in possession.

A 42-year-old man from California was arrested on the afternoon of the 29th and booked in the Skagit County Jail on three domestic violence related charges—assault, threats to kill, and violation of a no contact order. Police were called when the man began to argue and verbally threaten his girlfriend in her apartment after she expressed that she did not want him to move back in. An officer investigating the call noted a bruise on the victim’s forearm that was a result of the confrontation.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Just before 9AM on the 30th, an APD Officer on patrol on State Route 20 was driving behind an older model sedan driving eastbound. The car made an abrupt lane change from the left to the right lane without signaling, so the officer pulled the car over. A routine check of the vehicle’s title status revealed that it had a cancelled title. When the officer told the driver about the title status, the 33-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman said she was aware of the issue because she was pulled over the night prior. The woman was taken into custody for the cancelled title and a subsequent search of her car revealed a glass pipe and a small baggie containing drug residue. The car was left at the scene and the woman was given a ride to town and released with a copy of her citations for operating a vehicle without a certificate of title and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A local driver was ticketed for following too close after her involvement in a two-car, non-injury collision mid-afternoon on the 1st. The rear-end collision occurred on Commercial Avenue near 19th Street. A witness told the responding officer that speed was a contributing factor in the collision.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A local 20-year-old man was arrested and taken to jail around noon on Wednesday after police were called to his home on 29th Street. The man got into an argument with his parents and when the argument escalated, his mother attempted to call 911 but the call was stopped by the suspect who charged at her and grabbed her wrist. The suspect was booked in jail for domestic violence assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

A local woman was ticketed for following too close after she collided with a small sedan at the intersection of M and 12th Street. The at-fault driver told police that the light turned green so she started moving forward. The driver of the front vehicle said traffic was not flowing at the time of the collision. No one was injured.

Friday, December 4, 2020

A 32-year-old Anacortes man was ticketed for no insurance on his vehicle and arrested for driving while license suspended. An APD Corporal pulled him over on Commercial Avenue after realizing that the man’s car had an expired trip permit. The man was unable to provide the necessary documentation to drive his vehicle and the Corporal noticed that the trip permit had been altered with white out and black pen. The man was arrested, cited, and released at the scene with a copy of the associated citation and infraction.

A local man contacted police early afternoon on the 4th to report that he was just involved in a collision at 15th Street and O Avenue. The man said he was pulling onto O Avenue from 15th Street when he struck a small SUV. No one was injured in the crash. The reporting party had a suspended driver’s license, so he was arrested and cited on scene, then released.