Police Beat

The city parks department removed a shrine from the community forest after the Anacortes Police investigated an initial report.

The Anacortes Parks Department advised of a strange shrine in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands on Dec. 15. The responding officer located what appeared to be a shrine made of old deer bones, dead branches and two small plank scraps, surrounded by eight tea candles and a red stick candle. There was a metal necklace in the shrine with a tag that had “NEVER” scratched on one side and “AGAIN” on the other. There was a destroyed PayPal debit card that appeared to have been chewed by a small animal. The officer could read the last name on the card, but the first name was illegible. Hanging above the shine from a string was a handmade twig doll with red wax dripped over it. The parks department tore the shrine down and removed all non-natural materials, and there were no signs of any crime.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Friday, December 10, 2021

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman reported four guns stolen while she was out of state. The burglary was noticed by her house sitter and longtime friends. The woman said it was odd that the guns missing were the exact ones recently shown to a friend of a friend as she was considering selling them. It appears the person entered through a large dog door and possibly left through the front door, failing to secure the deadbolt. The dog door has since been secured. The investigation continues.

Monday, December 11, 2021

Officers were notified of a landslide on the Guemes Channel Trail. An officer located the slide of about four feet wide and two inches deep that extended to the top of the bluff. The trail was still passable to foot traffic. The Parks Department was advised. 

A 77-year-old Anacortes woman reported she hit a parked car the previous night in front of Compass Wines. She said she did not leave a note or attempt to contact the owner as it was dark, raining and she panicked. The officer informed her that hit and run is a crime and told her to attempt to contact the owner of the other vehicle in the future. There is no known victim. 

A 32-year-old man was arrested for physical control while under the influence after it was reported that he was slumped and unconscious inside a running vehicle. Officers responded and the man eventually woke up. Officers observed a recently smoked counterfeit prescription pill, which was later tested. They also observed that his pupils were constricted and found drug paraphernalia in the man’s vehicle. The man was cited for physical control while under the influence and released.

A 34-year-old Anacortes woman reported one of her vehicle tires was popped overnight. She suspected her boyfriend’s other girlfriend coerced a friend to damage the tire. The victim later called back to report receiving additional threats of further damage. She said, after blocking her number, she called the other girlfriend numerous times, yelling at the person who answered the phone. The officer noted contacting someone in that manner is potentially a crime. The officer suggested breaking contact with all involved parties to alleviate any future incidents. Estimated damage is $100.

A 58-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she had found several pieces of crumpled mail with different addresses than her own when she checked her mailbox. She advised that she used an app to verify that a holiday card had been delivered, but the card was missing when she checked her mail. She was instructed to call back if something of value was missing. An officer returned the mail to the post office for redistribution.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

A woman was banned from a local store after a manager at the store reported seeing her possibly stealing items, though video footage was not clear. The woman denied stealing anything and accused the store of withholding her boyfriend’s debit card and protested being trespassed. The store manager reported that the debit card had been left at a register and turned it over to police, who gave it back to the woman’s boyfriend. An officer completed a trespass notice and the woman refused to sign it. She tore up her copy and threw it on the ground before she and her boyfriend left. The woman later reported to police that someone was harassing her on social media for being banned. No threats were made and the officer suggested that the woman block the other involved party and stop all communication with her, as it is not a crime to post in this manner. The officer also informed the woman how to contact local district court to obtain an anti-harassment order if needed.

A 71-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on two counts of domestic violence assault after reportedly shoving her son and her son’s girlfriend, who all live at the same residence. The woman came home and was upset at the high volume of the television and that lots of lights were on. She reportedly accused the girlfriend of stealing a frying pan and pushed her into a kitchen cabinet. She then reportedly pushed her son the hallway after leaving the kitchen. The woman denied the allegations and said the girlfriend came after her with the frying pan, which the girlfriend denied. The couple told officers they think the woman pushed out of frustration and did not want her arrested. Officers explained the domestic violence laws. The woman was booked into jail. 

Two cars were involved in a non-injury, reportable collision at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and 8th St.

Monday, December 13, 2021

A 61-year-old Anacortes man reported transients in the area are using his dumpsters on Seventh Street. He pointed out a pickup truck and a motorhome as potentially involved. Officers contacted the occupant of the truck, a 32-year-old Deer Harbor man, who denied using any nearby garbage containers. He said he would also alert the occupants of the motorhome. Officers discussed adding security cameras and installing a lock on the dumpster with the caller. 

An 18-year-old Anacortes woman called to report several people in her motel had COVID and were not wearing a mask. An officer attempted to call back but no incoming calls were allowed. An officer called her mother and asked her to speak with her daughter about the proper use of 911. 

A caller reported damage to the public bathrooms over the weekend. At some point Saturday afternoon the bathroom was accessed and used for shelter. Someone left behind needles and wet clothes as well as graffiti on the walls. The doors automatically locked to prevent access but the person reportedly found a way to bypass that. 

A 72-year-old Anacortes man spoke to an APD officer about a call they received informing them that someone was trying to register their emergency marine locator beacon. The man and his wife informed the officer that they had not been able to find this beacon, along with several other items, for several years. They were stored in an emergency bag between a boat in Anacortes and one in Oregon. The registration company could not give any information about the person trying to register the beacon until the theft was reported to police.

A business employee reported about $50 worth of fuel was stolen from two work vehicles overnight in the 9000 block of South March Point Road. She reported arriving at work and noticing the gas caps were off the two vehicles. Their tanks were empty.

A 79-year-old Anacortes man reported that someone had broken into his truck sometime over the past month in the Fidalgo Marina parking lot and disabled the dome light. The suspect stole a garage door opener, emergency kit, registration, insurance paperwork and loose change. No damage was done to the truck, and surveillance cameras do not cover the area where the truck was parked. The victim has reprogrammed the garage door opener at his residence.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A 30-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for DUI after his girlfriend reported he had left the house intoxicated and upset. She advised he may have been staying at the net lockers at Cap Sante Marina. The responding officer found the man slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle with open beer bottles and caps; the vehicle was running. The man eventually woke up and turned off his vehicle, telling the officers he had four shots earlier in the night. The officer observed that he was intoxicated. The man declined to take voluntary tests and was arrested, tested, cited for physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and released.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The APD’s animal control officer responded to the report of an injured wild bird that the reporting party had placed into a box. Fidalgo Animal Medical Center determined it was a loon, which cannot walk well on land, and which are currently molting and cannot fly. The officer released the bird back into the water near the Tommy Thompson Trail and it swam away.

A 29-year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody due to several outstanding warrants after he was banned from the Anacortes Senior Center parking lot. Staff reported that he had left trash in the parking lot and had been moving around there. Officers discovered him sleeping on the front seat and contacted him, asking who the truck belonged to. His answer led officers to believe the truck was stolen, and dispatch advised that he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He said he was using the truck to get out of the cold. Officers transported him to APD and then to Island Hospital for treatment of a leg wound.  The truck owner later confirmed that it had been stolen from his driveway.  

A man reported that several items had been stolen from a storage locker at the Anacortes Marina. The locker had been secured with a lock, but the lock was missing. There are no suspects.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

An officer was dispatched to contact a woman about her vehicle being prowled overnight. She had parked her car in front of her residence and discovered the next morning that someone had entered the car. She was missing some items, and she had left the vehicle unlocked when she parked it. There was no damage to the vehicle and no suspects in the theft.

An officer was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Highway 20 and Thompson Road. A Car and a truck were involved. Both drivers said that a truck had stopped suddenly for a yellow light. The driver of the car applied her brakes suddenly and the man driving behind her swerved to avoid hitting her while also applying his brakes. The front right part of his truck swiped the back left wheel well of the woman’s car. The damage was not reportable.

A woman reported receiving a letter informing her that she had won $4.5 million and she wanted to discuss it further with APD. The responding officer advised her that the letter was not legitimate, and she did not respond to the letter.