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A woman’s late model SUV was damaged, possibly in a road rage incident on highway 20 mid-afternoon on July 13th.

The woman told the investigating officer that when she attempted to pass a small sedan on the highway, the vehicle sped up and the male driver made offensive gestures. While the woman was passing the sedan, she heard a loud bang and pulled over to look at a small dent in her fender that she had not seen before. An officer spoke with a local man commonly associated with the vehicle and he denied any involvement in the incident.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman told police she believes someone may have used a hidden key to enter her apartment and steal about $1,500 worth of antique silverware. When she returned from a walk, she noticed items on the porch had been moved. She later noticed items missing.

An intoxicated 27-year-old Anacortes man was banned from an establishment in the 900 block of Seventh Street after staff reported he was causing a disturbance. The man reportedly cursed for an unknown reason and employees said they saw him push his mother. His mother denied she had been pushed. The pair then left.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

A pre-teen boy was admonished for reportedly damaging the playground at Storvik Park. Officers were called after someone saw the boy break a board on the playground and throw it around. Officers later contacted his mother, and they spoke with the boy about his behavior. His mom said she would repair the damage or come to an agreement to do so. The officer removed two screws to make sure the area was safe for kids. It was noted the damage was minor.

Officers received a call regarding people finding bones, a bicycle and ratted up clothing near the Fidalgo Bay Resort. Officers noted the bones were in a tidal zone, so the movement of the water could have relocated them. Representatives of the coroner’s office viewed photos and later arrived on scene. They later noted that all the bones that were recovered were non-human remains.

Monday, July 12, 2021

A business in the 900 block of 26th Street reported the ignition switch cap had been popped off a vehicle at the location. Officers noted the damage was consistent with someone attempting to use a screwdriver or bump key to access it. No other damage was observed, and it was not believed anything was stolen. Estimated damage is $50.

A woman called to have police check on a neighbor who she hadn’t seen all day, which was unusual. Officers went to the residence and heard a tv on but the resident didn’t answer the door. Officers, accompanied by building staff, returned. The door was unlocked and officers found the man, who reported he had fallen and had been on the ground for some time. Aid responded and transported the man to the hospital.

An Anacortes man called to report receiving a suspicious email stating FBI agents would be at his home at 10 a.m. the next day. He also reported giving gift cards to a woman he met on Facebook. However, she had since started asking for more money and the man did not provide her with more money. Officers said both incidents were scams.

A 27-year-old Burlington man reported his vehicle’s back window was broken and about $1,500 in camping equipment had been stolen while parked in the lower lot at Mount Erie. Stolen items include a tent and sleeping bag, rope, backpack, camp stove and headlamp.

A woman residing on Commercial Avenue called police on the evening of the 12th to report that earlier that day someone entered her home, possibly through an open window, and stole a television and other items valued at a few hundred dollars. There are no suspect.

Marina security contacted police because there was a man sleeping in a car on Port of Anacortes property late evening on the 12th. The vehicle occupant told police that he had been drinking and was sleeping in the backseat to avoid driving the car. The investigating officer gave the man a courtesy ride to a nearby motel.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

An Anacortes resident living near M Avenue and 6th Street called police with a concern about speeding motorists on 6th Street. APD’s radar unit was deployed in the area to deter speeders and patrol officers will also be covering the area more frequently as time allows.

A man’s driver’s license and debit card were stolen from his unlocked vehicle late evening on the 12th while parked on the 1500 block of O Avenue. There was no available video surveillance of the event at the time the report was written.

A woman called police just before 5PM on the 13th to report a male driver following her and driving erratically so she pulled into a retail parking lot and called police. Officers were unable to locate the offending vehicle.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A passing motorist near Sharpes Corner called police on the 14th after viewing someone throw what appeared to be a cigarette butt out of their car window. The license plate provided did not match any Department of Licensing records and the responding officer was unable to locate a vehicle in the area that matched the provided description.

A man called police on Wednesday afternoon to report that he passed a male bicyclist on his bike near the twin bridges and the man became angry and threw a rock that nearly struck him. The bicyclist attempted to calm the alleged assailant, who later rode off on his bike towards the city. The reporting party opted not to press charges. Officers were able to locate the other bicyclist and counseled him on his actions.

If there is such a thing as “quick money”, it generally does not come in the form of an unsolicited caller offering said money if you purchase Walgreens gift cards. A local resident learned that lesson the easy way and ignored the offer but called APD to inform us of the scam attempt.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Approximately fifty dollars in coins were stolen from a coin machine in a Washington Park bathroom, possibly during the night of the 14th. The cost to repair the machine and drywall far exceed the wares. There are no suspects.

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