Police Beat

Anacortes Police responded to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of his pickup truck parked at the viewpoint pullout off westbound Highway 20 Spur in Anacortes.

Friday, December 17, 2021

A tow truck driver called to report a man slumped over the wheel of his pickup truck parked at the viewpoint pullout off westbound Highway 20 Spur in Anacortes. The man’s foot was on the brake and the keys were in the truck’s ignition, but the truck was not running. After the man woke up, the officers observed that he had difficulty maintaining his balance and was not able to stand still for more than a few seconds at a time. The officers arrested him for physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

An Anacortes woman reported that more than $5,000 worth of diving gear had been stolen from her garage. Video surveillance is being reviewed.

An Anacortes man reported that his car had been broken into while hiking at Mount Erie and that a gun safe and revolver had been stolen. The man mentioned hearing gunshots that sounded like his revolver. Officers collected DNA evidence and photographed the truck.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

A man called to report a deceased baby he found on the beach at Western Washington University’s Marine Facility. Officers arrived and observed something that did not appear to be human. They sent it to the Skagit County Coroner, who advised that it was not human. The reporting party told officers that he had heard a woman and a baby screaming shortly before he called 911, though he also admitted to having consumed a small amount of alcohol and marijuana earlier in the day.

Officers arrested a woman for Fourth-Degree Assault DV after she called to report an intruder in her home. Officers discovered that she was arguing with her baby’s father. The man said he had been punched several times and officers observed that he had a split lip and a mark on his cheek. The man also reported that the woman had thrown his clothes into the backyard and urinated on them. The couple’s child was removed from the residence by relatives.

A man reported that his pistol had been stolen from his vehicle. The responding officer noticed that the prowler had likely entered through the back window. As the rear windshield wiper was bent and stuck in the back window that tilts up.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Dispatch advised that a man had taken a flashlight from Ace Hardware and left on foot. An employee at Ace Hardware told officers that the man had taken a flashlight, opened the packaging and then claimed that it had been purchased the previous day. The employee told the man that she did not believe him and he took off running. The employee gave the responding officer a description of the man.

Monday, December 20, 2021

A woman reported that a safe containing several items, including a family heirloom, had been stolen from her garage. There is no surveillance footage, additional leads or known suspects.

A construction worker reported that several items had been taken from his work site in Anacortes while he was away. Officers are reviewing video of the area.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

An officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop after noting an expired registration. The vehicle continued driving as the officer followed and tried to initiate the stop. The officer eventually followed the vehicle, which was not traveling at excessive speeds, to a private driveway. As the vehicle reversed back down the street away from the dead end, the officer pulled his duty handgun and verbally commanded the driver to stop. The driver did not stop and ended up on Highway 20. Dispatch advised officers that the vehicle had been involved in an eluding case in November. Officers are attempting to contact the suspect in the previous case, as well as the vehicle’s registered owner.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A woman was involved in a single-vehicle, non-injury, non-reportable accident at the intersection of Oakes Avenue and Alaska Avenue. The driver turned too early and slid into the ditch. Neither the driver nor the passenger were injured.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

A man reported that a barking dog near his home makes noise 10 to 12 hours each day. An officer contacted the owner and provided him with some tips to keep the dog from barking.

An officer responded to a cold vehicle prowl complaint. It appeared that someone had attempted to gain access to the reporting party’s truck, causing damage to the door handle. There are no suspects or leads.

Friday, December 24, 2021

A man reported that a dangerous dog was loose in his neighborhood growling at people and had jumped on his car with him inside. The responding officer contacted the owner, who apologized and explained that the dog had run outside when her family arrived for the holidays. The officer reminded the owner of her responsibilities of owning a designated dangerous dog.

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