Police Beat

Leading this week’s Police Blotter, a man entered a local store with no pants and left, after using a restroom, wearing pants.

Just before 9AM on the 21st, an APD Officer responded to an unnamed local retailer who called 911 after an angry man with no pants entered the building. The man used the restroom to change his clothes, then left the building wearing pants. The store manager requested contact and banning of the subject from the store, so officers served the notice to the man and explained that he cannot legally enter the store for one year.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Just after 5PM on the 16th, an APD Officer pulled a sedan over on Commercial Avenue with expired registration tabs as of October 2020. The driver, a local 44-year-old, said she had a suspended license because of unpaid traffic tickets and a routine check confirmed her statement. She was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of her citation and an infraction for failure to renew her vehicle’s registration. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Just after 2AM on the 17th, an APD Officer on patrol on 34th Street observed an older model Ford pickup make a U-turn in the 800 block before turning south on R Avenue. The officer followed the pickup to the intersection of R Avenue and SR 20 and observed it remain stationary for several seconds even after the traffic signal turned green, then jerk violently forward before stopping again. The driver then revved the engine and spin the tires as the pickup turned east onto the highway. The officer pulled the pickup over to speak with the 37-year-old Oak Harbor driver. The man told police that he borrowed the pickup from a friend without realizing that it had a manual transmission.  Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license, so he was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. The search revealed foil with burn marks on it, an item that is often used to ingest illegal drugs. The man was later released at the scene after agreeing to contact a licensed driver to remove the vehicle.

A 19-year-old driver was determined to be at fault in a two-car, non-injury collision at the Sharpes Corner roundabout late afternoon on the 17th. The 19-year-old was driving in the left lane approaching the roundabout from the east and switched lanes in an attempt to pass the cars in front of him, however, there was a sedan in his path and the two vehicles collided.

A woman told police that sometime on the 16th or 17th, her vehicle was keyed while parked on the 1900 block of M Avenue. The damage will cost the owner approximately $350 to repair.

Monday, January 18, 2021

A cordless Dewalt brand reciprocating saw was stolen from an unlocked construction trailer parked in the 700 block of Commercial Avenue sometime during the day of the 18th. The worker told police that the saw was painted green and was likely grabbed while no one was looking, even though workers were coming and going from the trailer throughout the day.

A 24-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for following too close after his involvement in a two-car, non-injury collision with the SUV in front of him at the intersection of 12th and D Avenue. The driver told police that he dropped his keys and was trying to get them when the collision occurred.

APD Officers responded to a local grocer around dinnertime on the 18th per the report of a woman who stole items from the store and attempted to return them for money. Store staff provided the woman’s identification, stating that they did not fall for the attempt and were not out any money. An officer went to the woman’s residence in the city and took her into custody for theft. She was later released. Another officer located the suspect vehicle on SR 20 and pulled the car over for speeding. The driver, a 49-year-old Anacortes man, said he just dropped someone off, possibly the theft suspect, but was not involved in the theft. The man had a suspended driver’s license and was taken into custody and released with a copy of his citation for driving while license suspended.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A local restaurant employee called police on the afternoon of the 19th to report that someone stole their tip jar. Video surveillance at the store showed a female wrapped in a blanket exiting the store after concealing the tip jar in the blanket. The female suspect was familiar to the investigating officer, but she was unable to locate her that afternoon. A graveyard shift officer located the woman walking along 14th Street just before midnight, so he stopped to speak with her. The woman told the officer that she stole the jar because she was hungry. The woman now faces a theft charge.

Just after 4PM on the 19th, a Washington Park patron called police because someone stole his friend’s bike just a few minutes prior. The man who called police provided a description of the male who stole the bike, but the responding officer was unable to locate him.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

An APD Officer located a sedan driving on 11th Street that was sold in early January, but the title had not been transferred, so he pulled the car over. The 40-year-old Sequim driver told the investigating officer that he did not realize it had been over the allotted 15 days since he purchased the car. When asked for his license, he said he did not have one. He was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of his citation and a court date.

Friday, January 22, 2021

An APD Officer took a report of a local woman who received a scam call from someone claiming to be a representative of Puget Sound Energy. The scammer called from a “360” prefix number stating that the call receiver owed PSE almost $400 payable via MoneyPak. The call receiver did not comply with the fraudulent request.

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