Police Beat

Anacortes Police said that numerous people called to report a man being disorderly and in at least one instance was mooning people.

A 28-year-old Big Lake woman called to report that a man was walking in the middle of the street and mooning people. Officers contacted the 48-year-old Bellingham man and advised him to stay out of the road and keep his pants up. He denied any wrongdoing. This marked the first of numerous calls throughout March 24 regarding the same man being disorderly around Anacortes. Early in the morning of March 25, officers responded to a grocery store in Anacortes for a trespassing report. The man was reportedly on the premises yelling at people entering the store, from which he had been banned in June 2021. Officers arrested him and he was booked into Skagit County jail for second-degree criminal trespass.

Anacortes Police also investigated these other cases.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Dispatch advised of a theft that occurred at a local drugstore a little after 12:40 p.m. The manager advised that the suspect was observed walking out of the store without paying for a Crest Whitening Strip kit worth about $74. An employee at the store took photos o the suspect’s car, including the rear license plate, and the responding officer was able to review security video. The manager said the store would like to pursue theft charges and provided the officer with the voided receipt. The officer attempted to reach the registered owner of the vehicle but has been unsuccessful so far.

A 33-year-old Sedro-Woolley man called to report that his vehicle had been stolen from the 3100 block of Commercial Avenue after he left it running while inside a store. An employee at the store showed the responding officer video footage that showed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot as the reporting party parked the car. The cyclist changed direction and walked directly to the vehicle, climbed in and drove away. The investigation continues.

Officers were dispatched to a reported trespassing complaint at a local grocery store. The manager advised that a 31-year-old Anacortes man who had been previously banned was in the store. When the officer arrived, he noted that a man matching the provided description was standing near the entry to the store. After the officer parked, he noted the man walking away. The officer identified the police presence and told the man he was not free to leave, but the man began jogging away. When the officer returned the store, the manager advised that the suspect had been trying to complete a Western Union transaction in the store. The officer determined that he had probable cause to arrest the man for first-degree criminal trespass. The man also had a confirmed felony warrant out of the Department of Corrections. Other responding officers located the man and took him into custody. He initially denied being at the store before advising that he had, in fact, been at the store and that he had done so in the past since being banned without any issues. Officers released the man and provided him with a copy of the citation.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a cold theft that took place in the 100 block of Commercial Avenue. He was informed that the suspect had left in a white sedan. The man took four crabs from a crate in a fenced area and asked security if he could have the crabs. Security told him he couldn’t, so he handed them back and left. Security returned the crabs to the crate. The officer told security to call back if the man returns.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a disorderly subject at a bar in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue. The officer was advised that a 31-year-old Anacortes man had hit another man, later identified as a 25-year-old Anacortes man. The bartender who called in the disorderly complaint told the officer that the 31-year-old man had arrived intoxicated and that she told him she wasn’t going to serve him. He became verbal but did not leave and then went outside. The officer talked to the 25-year-old man in the back parking lot, who said he saw the other man trying to undo his pants next to his car. They had a verbal altercation and then, according to the 25-year-old, the other man threw a punch that didn’t connect. He said he didn’t want to press charges. The bartender said she wanted the man banned. Another officer located him in the 800 block of 21st Street and advised him of the trespass. He refused the trespass and left.

Monday, March 21, 2022

A 53-year-old Anacortes man reported a theft of fuel from a boom truck. He said that sometime within the previous two days 50 gallons of diesel had been taken from a boom truck in a parking lot near R Avenue. He estimated the value of the stolen gas to be $250. No damage to the vehicle was observed.

A 21-year-old Oak Harbor man reported a theft of ship controls from a local marina. He advised that one of two specific parts from a ship he had purchased was missing when he did a walkthrough following his initial purchase of the boat. He chained the cabin doors shut after that, but then noticed that the cabin was no longer secured a few days later. He noticed that the remaining part had been taken. He provided photos he had taken prior to taking ownership of the vehicle and ones he had taken after both parts had been taken.

There was a report of kids pouring out milk on the sidewalk and then spitting on a car. The officer was unable to locate the suspects.

An officer was dispatched to a reported harassment complaint at a business in the 9000 block of Molly Lane. A 69-year-old La Conner man reported that a man in a green van had followed him from Anacortes and had confronted him and accused him of stealing $5,000. An officer contacted the reporting party and his wife. The man said they had been at Causland Park earlier when the same van had stopped and looked at them. The van also followed them to Highway 20 and then contacted them on Molly Lane about the $5,000. There were no direct threats made and no assault took place, the man stated. The officer contacted the registered owner of the van via the provided plate number, who advised that it was a case of mistaken identity. The officer cautioned the owner regarding this type of behavior in the future and to contact law enforcement instead of following and confronting a potential suspect.

A 37-year-old Anacortes man reported that his trailer had been taken overnight from the 2300 block of 12th St. He was able to show the responding officer video surveillance footage of a suspect using bolt cutters to cut the trailer’s tongue lock before hooking it up to a truck with another subject and driving away. The man signed a stolen vehicle report, and the officer entered an attempt to locate for the trailer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 

The operations manager at a local restaurant reported the theft of four full propane tanks overnight. He said the suspect cut the cable lock and stole the tanks, which were valued at about $340 total. The manager was still in the process of reviewing the video surveillance.

There was a report of a woman riding on top of a black two-door sedan and “screeching.” An officer checked the area and was unable to locate anything of that nature.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

A 56-year-old Anacortes woman reported a vehicle prowl at a business in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue. The reporting party advised that a woman was inside her car and had left toward Highway 20. A second reporting party advised that he had chased the suspect northbound. He said he saw the suspect open the driver’s side door, and he yelled at her. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the vehicle.

A 45-year-old Anacortes man reported that gas had been stolen out of his truck that was parked in the 1200 block of 24th Street. He said he smelled a strong odor of gasoline but didn’t see anything suspicious when he approached his truck. When he started the truck, however, he received warning indicators that his truck was out of gas. When he went to refuel it, he saw that gas was pouring out of the fuel tank underneath the truck, indicating that someone had punctured the gas tank and removed the fuel. He estimated it would cost about $500 to replace the fuel tank if it could not be fixed.