Police Beat

A Friday Harbor teenager got off without a charge after he was caught doing donuts in a Port of Anacortes gravel parking lot. 

An officer responded to a report of a vehicle doing donuts in a gravel parking lot belonging to the Port of Anacortes. Port security was speaking with the driver, a 17-year-old from Friday Harbor. He stated that he knew it was not a good idea and had apologized to security. He also said he was excited because he had just passed some exams at school. He was banned from specific lots in accordance with port policy but not charged.

Anacortes Police also investigated these other cases.

Friday, March 11, 2022

A 44-year-old Anacortes woman reported that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway in the 2200 block of 33rd St. She discovered the car missing when she went to leave for work, along with about $575 worth of items in the car. The responding officer had dispatch place an attempt to locate out for the vehicle and checked an area where the owner thought it might be based on issues she had with another individual; he did not locate it there.

There was a report of a person in the 12500 block of Christianson Road with a wound that was spraying blood. An APD officer arrived and applied a tourniquet. The Anacortes Fire Department arrived shortly after and took over the scene and transported the person to Island Hospital.

An officer was in the 2900 block of T Avenue speaking with a 34-year-old Oak Harbor man regarding a separate matter. The man advised that he wanted to report that two of his rear tires and rims had been stolen from his vehicle. He did not have a clear time frame but provided the officer with an estimate. The rims and tires were valued at about $400 total. The officer encouraged the man to call if more information becomes available.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Dispatch advised that the reporting party, a 17-year-old from Anacortes, was reporting that a black pit bull was jumping on cars and being aggressive. He said the dog lived across the street from his residence. The officer encountered another dog, which walked up to the residence and nudged the front door open, as the door appeared to be ajar and not properly closed. A 39-year-old Anacortes woman appeared and said her kids must have left the back gate open and that this was how the dogs got out. The woman went to find the pit bull that had escaped. The officer observed the dog running down the street in the 1600 block of 10th Street. The 17-year-old’s father later advised that the dog had barked and jumped all over his car, and he was able to provide photos of the scratches and paw prints on the car. The owner was later cited for the dog being outside of a proper enclosure, failure to restraint and running at large.

The reporting party called and advised of a possible dead cat up in a tree near the Cap Sante Marina office. An officer responded and found that the animal was not a dead cat, but rather a sleeping, alive raccoon.

A 53-year-old Anacortes woman called to report losing her horse around Little Cranberry Lake. Someone returned the horse to her while she was on the phone with the APD.

A 34-year-old Anacortes woman called for a welfare check on a 73-year-old Anacortes man, as he was sick and she had not been able to get ahold of him. The responding officer tried multiple times to get an answer at the door in the 5100 block of Kingsway and was eventually able to speak with the man through the door. He had fallen, and the officer retrieved a spare key and contacted him inside. The Anacortes Fire Department responded and the man was transported to the hospital.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

The owner of a local business, a 43-year-old Oak Harbor woman, reported that she had video of someone trying to steal gas out of her vehicle, but the tanks were empty due to previous thefts. Her husband provided the officer with video footage and said they would like to pursue charges if a suspect can be identified.

The reporting party advised that a vehicle had stopped and attempted to reverse into another vehicle, and its occupants were shining lasers at the reporting party’s vehicle. The complainant observed the vehicle heading west on 34th Street. APD checked the area and could not locate the vehicle.

Monday, March 14, 2022

A 76-year-old Guemes Island woman reported a theft of gasoline from her vehicle at the Guemes Island Ferry Terminal. She lives on the island and left her vehicle in the parking lot. When she returned to the vehicle, she discovered the gas cap broken and that the car only had a quarter of a tank of gas left even though it had been filled up prior.

Dispatch advised of a taken motor vehicle near the intersection of 22nd Street and O Avenue. The reporting party, a 19-year-old Anacortes man, said the vehicle was stolen while he was at school. He later called back and advised he had found the vehicle and had forgotten where he had parked it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman reported that a man had walked into her residence in the 1400 block of O Avenue. She asked if she could help him, and he simply said, “Massage?” She declined and he immediately left and went to the edge of the sidewalk and began looking at his phone. The woman showed the responding officer a Ring camera video of the man and the car he was driving. The officer observed that the car was now parked across the street at a massage business. The officer contacted the 60-year-old Marblemount man as he was getting a massage. He apologized and explained what had happened, and the masseuse confirmed the account. The officer contacted the reporting party to let her know it was an honest mistake.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A 35-year-old Anacortes woman and a 67-year-old Guemes Island woman both reported that the catalytic converters had been stolen from their vehicles as they were parked in local parking lots.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

A City of Anacortes employee reported that a man was caught driving through the city shops employee parking lot. When confronted, the man asked if the vehicles parked there were city employee vehicles and stated that he didn’t want to anger city employees. He then indicated that he was looking to steal gasoline. He left before the employee could capture the license plate number.

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