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A lesson for everyone… A piece of mail with what looks like a credit card could be an economic stimulus payment from the federal government.

A local woman called police on the 12th to report that she received a piece of mail from Medibank that seemed fraudulent. Further research revealed that Medibank is a legitimate company and the caller was told to do further research as the contents may have been her economic stimulus payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Just after 5AM on the 9th, an APD Officer was driving south on M Avenue when a pickup drove through the stop sign on 20th Street in front of him, nearly causing a collision. The officer turned on his emergency lights to contact the driver, who abruptly stopped with the vehicle several feet away from the curb. The driver, a 36-year-old Anacortes man, had a hard time locating his required documentation and smelled faintly of alcohol. The driver admitted that he had consumed some whiskey earlier that night. During roadside sobriety tests, the subject had a difficult time keeping simple directions and was very unsteady on his feet, swaying back and forth for balance. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to APD. At the station, the driver took a breath test yielding approximately three times the legal limit to safely and legally drive a motor vehicle. The subject was later transported to jail because he had recent DUI conviction history where he was booked for DUI and operating a motor vehicle without a required ignition interlock device.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Just before 2AM on the 10th, a local motel called police to report a loud party with underage tenants involved. Officers responded and spoke with the intoxicated 20-year-old who rented the room. He was taken into custody for minor in possession and later released to a family member. An officer also contacted the driver of a vehicle associated with the party to speak with the 20-year-old driver who was speeding on Oakes Avenue. A routine check revealed that the driver had a felony arrest warrant and did not have a valid license. The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on the warrant.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Just before 6AM on the 11th, an APD Officer was dispatched to a one-car crash at 37th and D Avenue. Investigation revealed that an older model sedan spun out, but there was no damage to the car or surrounding property. The 24-year-old Oak Harbor driver took roadside sobriety tests and a breath test, performing poorly on both. He was taken into custody and processed at APD. He did not have DUI history, so he was released to a family member later that morning.

Two late model vehicles belonging to the same family were broken into during the night of the 10th. The victim called police and told the investigating officer that they may have forgotten to lock their cars, because there was no sign of forced entry into the vehicles, but they had obviously been entered and $10 cash was missing. 

Early afternoon on the 11th, APD Officers responded to a grocery store theft in progress. Officers responded to the area and detained a man and woman who had fled on foot to the nearby marina based on the suspect descriptions provided by the reporting party. All told, the suspects took nearly $500 in food and clothing items and face charges for theft. The woman also had a warrant for theft out of Burlington Municipal Court.

Mid-afternoon on the 11th, an APD Officer contacted an older model pickup on Commercial Avenue with inoperable brake lights and expired registration tabs as of December. The 45-year-old driver acknowledged the broken taillights and was found to have a clear driver’s license. However, the vehicle title was cancelled in 2018. The driver was arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid title, then released at the scene.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

An APD Officer arrested a local 25-year-old known to police on the afternoon of the 12th after she allegedly stole a tip jar containing one dollar from a local restaurant. At the time of arrest, the woman also had a clear plastic bag containing drug paraphernalia and now faces charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was later released.

An APD Officer took a vehicle prowl report on the 12th from an M Avenue resident. The caller said that someone had gone through his vehicle sometime overnight, but nothing was missing. There are no suspects.

A vehicle prowl occurred sometime between the 10th and 11th on the 2200 block of 18th Street within city limits. The victim told police that he was missing approximately $300 in sporting and vehicle supplies stolen from two separate vehicles that were left unlocked.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Just before 11PM on the 15th, APD Officers responded to South March Point Road because someone noticed a large bag full of miscellaneous items, including mail. The bag was found to have no value and it was later discarded. While in the area, however, an older model SUV pulled to the side of the road, so an officer contacted the driver, a 40-year-old Bellingham man, to determine if he knew anything about the abandoned bag. A routine check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. When taken into custody, a search of the man’s pants and jacket revealed several pieces of burnt foil, commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics. The man was later released with a copy of his citations for driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

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