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A local woman rented a vehicle online, only to discover, just a bit too late, that she got caught in a scam.

A local woman called police to file an incident report with the Anacortes Police Department on the morning of the 30th. Per the woman’s statement, she went online to rent a car and got into something she detected was a scam. The woman went online to find a rental car company and called the number provided on the website. The person offered her a good deal if she paid with a Go Bank card and called them back with the number on the card, which she did. A short time later, the clone website was taken down and the phone number was disconnected.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

A U Avenue resident called police on the morning of the 27th to report that overnight, someone entered his unlocked vehicle, tripped the hood latch, and stole his $129 car battery. There are currently no suspects, but the victim wants to pursue charges if a suspect is identified.

A 47-year-old Bellingham man was arrested for criminal trespassing on the afternoon of the 27th. Police officers responded to a removal complaint of a male who was asking business patrons for money within the store. Investigation revealed that the man was banned from the store 11 months prior, so he was taken into custody and released with a copy of his citation.

Monday, June 28, 2021

A West Anacortes resident called police on the evening of the 28th because she was locked out of her home by her boyfriend who had since left the area. The caller apologized to responding officers for the inconvenience and told them that she and her boyfriend were in an argument, but nothing physical occurred. Officers located the boyfriend a short distance away and spoke with him about a verbal argument that turned physical when his girlfriend slapped him in the face. Officers returned to the home and took the 50-year-old Anacortes woman into custody on a domestic violence assault charge. The woman was later booked in jail.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Just after 11PM on the 29th, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed an older model sedan driving southbound in front of him and the sedan had expired license plates. The officer turned on his emergency lights and spoke with the 33-year-old Eastsound man driving the car. A routine check of the car and the driver revealed that the tabs had expired in February and the driver had a suspended license. The man was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene with a copy of his ticket for expired registration and criminal citation for DWLS.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A local restaurant manager gave an obviously fake $10 bill to a patrol officer just after midnight on the 30th. The bill was passed by an unknown person sometime during the shift. The fake bill was printed on regular paper and appeared to be a copy of genuine currency.

A woman called police just after 9:30AM on Wednesday reporting that her husband had been struck in the head by a projectile while walking on the Tommy Thompson Trail near 28th and T Avenue. Investigation revealed that the male sustained a wound to the head from what appears to be a pellet. Medics responded to the scene and the male was transported to the hospital for evaluation. The male is in good condition and will likely be released later today. Officers were unable to locate the person responsible for firing the pellet. Based on the circumstances, the incident does not appear to be intentional and there does not appear to be a threat to the public. If you are the person responsible, or if you know anything about the incident, please call the non-emergency dispatch line at 360-428-3211 to speak with an officer. 

The incident serves as a reminder that if you send something into the air (e.g. fireworks, ammo, etc.) it always comes down. Know your backdrop. Know your target and what is beyond it. Make good, safe decisions and be considerate of others. Additionally, discharging a firearm in the city limits, including an air gun or like weapon, is illegal, per City Ordinance 9.36.010.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

A wallet containing coins, a driver’s license, and a debit card was stolen in a 32nd Street vehicle prowl. The victim said the car was left unlocked overnight and when she tried to grab her clutch wallet, it was missing from the vehicle.

APD Officers are looking for a white 2002 Chevy cargo van with Washington plates C67306L that was stolen from the 500 block of 30th Street sometime on Wednesday night. The vehicle was left unlocked with a key inside according to the victim. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact an APD Officer via 911 Dispatch.

A locking mailbox on H Avenue was pried open and the contents therein are now missing. The victim told police that the incident occurred overnight and there may have been bills in the box, but she was unsure.

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