Police Beat

Looks like a half-dozen Anacortes teens saw and liked one of noted local artist the late Bill Mitchell’s murals and decided to walk off with it.

A caller reported on Thursday, Dec. 9, seeing a group of six juvenile males running through an alley with a Bill Mitchell mural that appeared to have been stolen around 7 p.m. Officers viewed surveillance video at a nearby motel and were later able to identify three involved 17-year-old boys. Officers contacted one teen at his home, who said the group he was with took the mural from a storage area. He said they hadn’t broken in and the mural was just sitting there. He told officers where he believed the mural was. Officers contacted a second teen, who reportedly admitted having possession of the mural. It was recovered by officers. The investigation continues.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Friday, December 3, 2021

A 34-year-old Anacortes man reported he had been threatened with bodily harm at a store in the 900 block of 11th Street around 11:30 a.m. The manager told officers the man had been making a scene at the Safeway pharmacy and subsequently gotten into an argument with an employee. The man told police a 43-year-old Anacortes man, who was employed by the store, refused to get out of his way and threatened to hit him. The man noted he had recently had surgery. The employee stated he was on a break when the man bumped into him and got belligerent, demanding that he move. The employee said the man was being unreasonable and they argued. The employee allegedly admitted to threatening to hit the man and acknowledged he should have handled the situation differently. He agreed to apologize. The man reportedly spoke over the employee and the officer and was unsatisfied with the apology. He requested the employee be charged and left the store. The investigation continues.

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman reported someone fraudulently registered for Medicare and Social Security using her information in two separate states. Someone also opened a line of credit at a bank in a third state. She had already contacted the government agencies and credit agencies and was working with the bank. Officers provided her with the requested case number.

A 27-year-old Anacortes man called to report someone took his family’s laundry from a business in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue. He placed the clothing in the dryer and was gone from 3:30-4:30 p.m. He was unsure if someone purposefully took the clothing or if it was an accident. An employee told officers people often take items by mistake and return them later. Estimated loss is $500. Officers were later able to review surveillance footage and identified a 56-year-old Anacortes man as a suspect. The investigation continues.

A 53-year-old Anacortes woman reported someone rummaged through her vehicle overnight in the 900 block of 30th Street. Surveillance video shows a dark colored sedan pull up behind the vehicle. A man then enters her vehicle, rummages through the center console and leaves. It did not appear anything was taken.

A 29-year-old Anacortes woman called police regarding two found dogs around 7:15 p.m. in the 800 block of 37th Street. A few minutes later, dispatch advised a man showed up on scene and dragged the dogs away. The woman noted her husband was trying to stop the man. The couple was outside when officers arrived. They noted a man in his 50s had left with the dogs, which he claimed belonged to him. The woman had asked the man to wait for officers to arrive so they could confirm he was the owner. He reportedly said he didn’t have time and grabbed the dogs by their collars. The husband also grabbed the collars and a pulling match ensued. The husband said the man kicked him in the chest but he was uninjured. The man eventually left with the dogs. The husband did not want to pursue charges. The couple was encouraged to follow the person and notify law enforcement in a similar situation. Officers were unable to determine the dog owner.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

A 55-year-old Anacortes woman reported her vehicle was prowled while parked at Mount Erie around 9 a.m. She returned from exercising to find her driver’s window smashed and her purse gone, which she tried to hide underneath her seat. Estimated damage is $200 in addition to about $60 in items stolen.

A 33-year-old Anacortes man reported his vehicle had the tires slashed and windows smashed out around 3:30 a.m. He reported hearing the windows break. He provided the name of a possible suspect, who police are seeking to speak with. Estimated damage is nearly $2,700.

A 69-year-old Anacortes woman reported being the victim of fraud. Earlier in the day she received an email from a computer antivirus company stating she owed $375. She called the provided number and went through the cancel contract procedure to get rid of it. As part of that process, she noticed $3,375 had been put into her account. To remedy this, she was instructed to get Target gift cards and provide the numbers to the company. This resulted in an overdraft fee. Total loss is $2,654. There are no suspects.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

A 55-year-old Anacortes woman reported her vehicle had been prowled overnight. She came out to find her driver’s side door open and her daughter’s backpack, which contained her school computer, among other items, was missing. A backpack that did not belong to them was found inside the vehicle, which officers found contained some over the counter medication as well as prescription drugs. They were all marked for disposal. The $225 school computer was later recovered as part of a separate vehicle prowl case and returned. Total loss is more than $140.

A 63-year-old Anacortes woman reported a $5 bag of chocolates was stolen out of her unlocked truck in the 2000 block of K Avenue in the past several days. There are no suspects.

An 89-year-old Anacortes man reported $2 in quarters and a $100 yellow sleeping bag were stolen out of his unlocked vehicle in the 1300 block of O Avenue over the past several days. There are no suspects.

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a charge of violating a no contact order after a caller reported the woman was spitting at vehicles as they drove by around 8:15 p.m. near 16th Street and M Avenue. Officers contacted the woman and confirmed she was too close to the protected person’s address, violating the order. She was booked into jail.

Monday, December 6, 2021

A 59-year-old Anacortes man reported a $25 flashlight and a pack of cigarettes were stolen out of his unlocked vehicle overnight in the 1000 block of 28th Street. There are no suspects.

About $50 in tools was reported stolen after a work vehicle was broken into in the 1200 block of Commercial Avenue overnight. The rear window was broken to gain entry. Estimated damage is $120. According to video footage, the suspect sat on the rear of the truck for a while around 1 a.m. before breaking the window. After viewing video footage, officers were able to identify a suspect. The 29-year-old transient man was contacted and reportedly admitted to being in the truck but denied taking anything. The man allowed officers to search his backpack, which resulted in finding a laptop stolen from a previously reported vehicle prowl. The man said he was given the laptop by his girlfriend. The man was trespassed from the business. Charges are pending.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A 60-year-old Clear Lake woman was arrested on a warrant for vehicular assault after an officer completed a traffic stop on a vehicle without a functioning license plate light just after midnight. The woman requested to be able to drive her vehicle a short distance away. The request was denied, and she opted to provide her keys to the passengers to arrange for the vehicle to be moved. She was booked into jail.

A witness reported seeing a hit and run around 7 a.m. at the Fidalgo Pool parking lot. A dark Toyota SUV was reportedly seen striking the victim vehicle as it was backing out of the parking lot. There was some damage to the right front. The driver was possibly a white female. Estimated damage to the victim vehicle is $1,000.

A 37-year-old Anacortes man reported more than $1,000 worth of tools stolen from his truck overnight in the 4200 block of Bryce Drive. He said he must have forgotten to lock one of the doors, as there was no damage to the truck. There are no suspects.

A 33-year-old Anacortes woman reported about $1 in loose change was stolen from her unlocked vehicle overnight in the 1400 block of 10th Street. There are no suspects.

A man was reportedly standing in the roadway swinging his arms around 2:30 p.m. in the 7600 block of Highway 20. Officers contacted an intoxicated 38-year-old La Conner man who was unsuccessfully trying to hitchhike. He was provided a courtesy transport.

A 42-year-old Anacortes man reported about $300 in spring link clips stolen from a business around 8:15 a.m. in the 2900 block of Commercial Avenue. The chains are used to rope off parking spots. Though no chains were stolen, 10 clips were removed and taken.

A thrift store worker reported a 67-year-old Anacortes man posted on social media that they are evil and the lord was going to punish them and they were communist because they are requiring masks. The officer noted no threats were made and the man was expressing his opinion. The store opted to block the man on social media.

A caller reported a woman sitting in her car throwing up and honking her horn around 7 p.m. The officer arrived in the area and the vehicle was gone. A man flagged down the officer and told him the woman was not sick or throwing up. Her horn was stuck so he disconnected it for her and she left.

A 42-year-old Anacortes woman reported someone stole a package off her neighbor’s porch around 9:52 p.m. in the 900 block of 27th Street. She noticed the box in front of her neighbor’s apartment, then 5-10 minutes later she noticed someone walking by the carport carrying the box. She confronted the person about stealing it and he quickly walked away. She confirmed her neighbor’s package was gone. The 67-year-old Anacortes woman, who was the victim, called the next morning to report the stolen package had re-appeared on her front porch.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A 35-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested on a charge of DUI after his vehicle reportedly struck a power pole just after midnight in the area of 12th Street and A Avenue. The man was running in the street when officers arrived and several bystanders identified him as the driver. His dog was also running around in the area. The man’s behavior was reportedly erratic, and officers noted several indicators that he was under the influence. He declined to perform field sobriety tests or complete a preliminary breath test. The man did tell officers he had been at a tavern earlier but waited several hours before driving. He was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. Officers noted he became extremely agitated. When placed in a vehicle he began violently hitting his head against the window and partition. He was eventually able to be transported to the station, where officers were granted a warrant for a blood draw. His dog was also picked up. He was booked into jail.

A 29-year-old transient man was banned from a business in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue after a manager called about a man doing drugs in the bathroom around 5:30 a.m. She reported she attempted to ask the man to leave but he ran back into the bathroom. She noted it was an ongoing issue with the man. The man was contacted in the restroom and trespassed.

Officers were requested to ban a 71-year-old Anacortes man from a local marina after the man was reportedly being verbally aggressive towards employees. The marina employee said the man’s mental state appears to be deteriorating and his aggressive behavior has been an ongoing issue for the past six months. He has previously been asked to leave the property and each subsequent time becomes increasingly agitated. Officers later found the man and served him with the trespass notice.

Dispatch received an open line call that was traced to a restaurant. The call was determined to be a butt dial and the person agreed to move their phone to another pocket.

A 29-year-old transient man was banned from Port of Anacortes property after ongoing issues. Officers found the man sleeping in a restroom stall around 10:25 p.m.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A 56-year-old Anacortes man reported his vehicle was stolen sometime since Nov. 30 while parked in Skyline. The keys were left in the marina office and were still there when he checked. The investigation continues.

Police are attempting to identify a woman who stole a small item from a thrift store in the 1100 block of Third Street earlier in the week. Officers reviewed video surveillance showing the woman placing an item in her jacket pocket around 11:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The shop requested the woman be trespassed if identified.

An 81-year-old Anacortes woman called to report she had been scammed. She received a text message from Amazon saying her $800 iPhone would be delivered soon. She contacted the number provided to advise she had not purchased the phone. A man claimed to be from Amazon security and convinced the woman to buy $3,000 worth of Target gift cards. The woman had since contacted her bank and Target about the scam. An officer tried to contact the man with negative results.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Police received a call about a prowler in the 2500 block of Oakes Avenue around 3 a.m. A 40-year-old Anacortes woman said she was awoken by a crashing sound and saw that a man had gone to her front and back doors, looking inside, before walking away. Officers checked the area but there was no sign of anyone currently on the property. A short time later, two callers in the 2800 block of Oakes Avenue reported a man had limped up to their houses. The 41-year-old Texas man was covered in mud and officers noted he appeared to be under the influence of something. He told officers he had been walking from the ferry and that four cars had been circling him. At one point a man got out of one vehicle and grabbed his backpack while several others jumped him. He said he injured his shoulder and somehow woke up in a ditch behind the houses. He declined needing medics. He said he was missing his bags and wallet and then proceeded to pull his wallet out of his back pocket. An officer had previously seen a bag on the side of the road, which was retrieved confirmed to be the man’s. An officer noted driving past the man on multiple occasion during the night and did not observe any vehicles following him. On the last sighting, prior to 3 a.m., the man was casually walking and did not appear injured or in distress. The man asked for a ride to the ferry, which was provided.

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