Police Beat

Friday, December 24, 2021

A 67-year-old Anacortes man reported seeing a man wearing a bulletproof vest walking in circles near Anacortes Fire Department Station 2. Officers contacted the man, who is a firefighter and was wearing a weighted vest; he said he was working out.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Officers were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on the Highway 20 Spur near Sharpe’s Corner. The caller advised that there appeared to be a minivan in the ditch. An officer located the vehicle and contacted the driver, who was also the registered owner of the car. The 48-year-old Anacortes man advised that he was not injured and that there was no damage to his vehicle. He said a friend would be picking him up and that he would have a friend assist him the next day in removing the vehicle. The officer advised the man that the car would be impounded if he didn’t remove it. The man repeatedly declined a tow contact and declined a courtesy transport. Dispatch advised that his driving status was third-degree Driving with a Suspended License. The officer advised the man that he would be receiving a citation by mail.

An employee at an Anacortes convenience store requested that a 31-year-old transient man be banned after he allegedly attempted to steal a cup of coffee before leaving on a bicycle. The responding officer contacted the man, who claimed that there had been a misunderstanding about the cup of coffee and said that he believed the cup had been lost by him about a month prior. The store employee said he wanted the man banned but not charged. The man said he understood it but declined to sign it.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

An officer responded to a report of a man screaming and being rude to customers at a local store. The store manager wanted the man banned, stating that the issues with him were recuring. The officer spoke with the 71-year-old Anacortes man, who said he knew the store wanted him to leave. The man signed the officer’s trespass notice and was escorted inside to collect his belongings.

Monday, December 27, 2021

An officer responded to a report of a jet ski tied on the beach near the Guemes Ferry Terminal. The officer located the jet ski and ran the registration. He called the registered owner, a 27-year-old Anacortes man, who said he was hoping it would warm up a little before he had to move it, but he would take care of it within 72 hours.

An officer responded to a report of a tan “oversized chihuahua” running around Island View Place. A man in the area told the officer he had returned the dog to its owner.

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman was cited for violating a no contact order after allegedly entering her mother’s home, where she was prohibited from being. The woman called police saying her mother was limiting her phone time. Officers had been at the residence earlier in the day when the woman’s mother requested help getting her phone back from her daughter. The daughter allegedly knocked on the door and pushed her way into the residence to get the phone back. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

A 79-year-old Anacortes woman called to report that she was hearing someone possibly in her basement. She had sent her cat downstairs to investigate. Officers checked the house and found no signs of entry.

An 86-year-old Anacortes man called to report a possible trespass, noting that he had been told that another man was inside the reporting party’s RV in front of his house. The reporting party said that the 37-year-old transient man had been banned from the property before, and he said he wanted to press charges and gave officers permission to enter the RV.  The man complied when officers ordered him out of the RV. Officers arrested him for trespassing on the property and cited him for it. The man had noted that a woman let him in the previous night, and the owner of the RV said this woman was allowed in the RV and was setting up heaters so its pipes would not freeze in the cold weather. Officers checked to make sure nobody else was in the RV and released him.

A 22-year-old Mount Vernon man reported that a man with a kitchen knife was yelling and waving it around in the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue. The 39-year-old Anacortes man reportedly made no threats, though a second reporting party said he had stabbed a door. An officer checked the door and confirmed that no damage had been done. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Officers were called to a second-hand report of one neighbor threatening to beat up another over a noise complaint. Officers talked to the involved 79-year-old Anacortes man, who said he was scraping snow off his vehicle when he observed his neighbor laughing loudly and barking like a dog. The neighbor’s antics were apparently an ongoing issue with all the nearby neighbors. The man said the noise upset him and he told the 66-year-old Anacortes man to shut up. The man reportedly responded by saying he’d beat the other man up and other unsavory statements. The man then left. The 79-year-old reported he did not feel threatened and was not going to make an issue of it. Officers talked to the 66-year-old, who said he was rudely told to shut up while he was getting ready to leave. He said he did not make any threats. He told officers his neighbors think they are superior to him. He apologized for the remarks he did make. 

A 60-year-old Anacortes man called to report his Sprinter van was stolen from a storage lot in town. Officers learned that due to the cold temperatures and snow, the heated storage security gates would not function and were left open for several days. Surveillance video showed a truck enter the storage area just before 2 a.m., which left shortly after followed by the van. The van was located shortly after the reported theft. It was missing two batteries and damaged indicated someone attempted to steal the catalytic converter as well. Estimated loss and damage was $800. The investigation continues. 

A Parks Department employee called to report a half dozen juveniles riding motorcycles on the field in the area of Smiley’s Bottom. Officers did not locate them. 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Dispatch was advised of a vehicle stuck in the snow in the 900 block of Commercial Avenue. Upon officer arrival, several citizens were in the process of clearing away snow from the vehicle undercarriage. The officer assisted with traffic control until the vehicle was freed. 

Officers were called to the report of a man waving a pickaxe around at 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of 7th Street. The caller described the man and said he was not certain whether the man had been threatening him. The pickaxe had since been placed on top of a kiosk. Officers contacted a 65-year-old Anacortes man who had apparently been holding the pickaxe. He appeared intoxicated and having a mental health issue based on his statements. It was determined the caller had not been threatened. The man had been holding the pickaxe up and acting strange. The 65-year-old allowed officers to take the pickaxe for safekeeping. Sunglasses also on top of the kiosk were returned to the man. An empty whiskey bottle, which the man said belonged to him, was disposed of. The man was checked out by medics but refused any type of mental health counseling. He was given a courtesy ride to his residence. 

A 32-year-old Mount Vernon man was cited for driving with a suspended license after he failed to signal several turns and failed to completely stop at a stop sign. It was determined he had a suspended license. He was cited and released. He was also given warnings for the traffic violations and not having insurance.