Police Beat

Anacortes Police investigated several reports of car prowls and gasoline thefts this week. 

Friday, March 25, 2022

A 57-year-old Anacortes man reported that his truck had about two-thirds of its fuel taken while parked in the 600 block of N Avenue. No damage was done to the vehicle, and the man said he would pursue charges if a suspect was identified.

A 69-year-old Anacortes man called to report that he had received a fraudulent phone call from a woman pretending to be a Customs and Border Patrol agent. The man said she claimed they had intercepted a drug delivery that had his name on the package. He said the woman was convincing, but he was skeptical and confirmed the call was fraudulent via the CBP website. The site instructed him to report the incident to local law enforcement.

A 31-year-old Bellingham woman reported a theft of gasoline at a business in the 1900 block of Shannon Point Road. She said someone had siphoned approximately 24 gallons of gas from a 12-passenger van owned by the business. She said the gas cap was missing and she did not believe the tank had been drilled.

The operations manager at a local hotel reported that someone was seen on surveillance footage walking in and stealing items belonging to the hotel and a guest. The footage shows two suspects stealing $300 worth of port wine belonging to the hotel and various items belonging to a woman who had been arrested on an unrelated matter and had her items moved by hotel staff in lieu of leaving them vulnerable to theft. The investigation continues.

Officers were dispatched to a traffic enforcement near the intersection of 12th Street and D Avenue. Multiple witnesses reported an erratically driven vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and the driver, a 79-year-old year old Anacortes man. The driver was transported to the Skagit County jail and booked for DUI, reckless driving, and resisting arrest.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of 18th Street and Commercial Avenue. The reporting party, a 32-year-old Lynnwood man, reported that he had been struck by another vehicle on Commercial and that the vehicle had driven away without exchanging information. He followed the vehicle to the 2900 block of T Avenue, where the car parked in a parking space. The suspect driver walked away without acknowledging the victim. Officers were unsuccessful in contacting the other driver and impounded the car. This case is pending a search warrant for the vehicle.

A 66-year-old Anacortes man reported a theft that had just occurred in the 2400 block of Skyline Way. He said he was sleeping in his vehicle when he woke up to another vehicle pulling up and a person using tools to take parts off his vehicle. He yelled at the suspect, and they fled the area in an undescribed vehicle. The man’s vehicle did not appear to have any damage, but a car parked adjacent to his appeared to have had its catalytic converter taken. Officers are working to contact the owner of that vehicle.

Monday, March 28, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a reported vehicle prowl in the 2200 block of 26th Street. A 38-year-old Anacortes man reported that someone broke into his vehicle sometime over the previous several days, causing damage to the vehicle. Officers found that the window had been broken, however nothing was reported to be missing.  

Officers were dispatched to a theft at a business located in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue. They were informed that two male subjects had pushed out a cart of alcohol and were attempting to flee, however their vehicle had a dead battery. The responding officer arrived and located a 32-year-old Marysville man near the car who claimed that two other men he was with had stolen items from the store. The other two men were identified as a 38-year-old Marysville man and another man. The store cashier thought the 32-year-old man committed the theft and he was trespassed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Officers were dispatched to a possible theft in the 1800 block of Commercial Avenue. A 51-year-old Anacortes man called after seeing footage on his surveillance camera of a man taking a ladder from the property. Officers responded and checked the area. The man said he had multiple issues with prowlers and was alerted via his motion-activated camera. The video shows a man take the ladder and lean it onto an adjacent business’s structure. Officers located the ladder. Officers returned the ladder to the man but could not locate the suspect.

A 62-year-old Anacortes woman reported that a semi truck parked behind the hospital had been running for five days straight. The responding officer contacted the driver, who agreed to turn off the vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to a hit and run collision on Highway 20 just south of Sharpe’s Corner. A 23-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she was sideswiped by another car. The registered owner of the other vehicle, a 50-year-old Oak Harbor man, was identified via his vehicle’s license plate number. The women said she did not wish to pursue charges and the officer facilitated an exchange of information for the collision.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A 40-year-old Anacortes man reported that he had just witnessed his vehicle taken from his driveway in the 3700 block of M Avenue.  Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.  

A 33-year-old Oak Harbor woman reported that her vehicle had been stolen overnight from the 1900 block of Orchard Place after she likely left the keys in the vehicle. The vehicle was later located in the 4100 block of D Court undamaged. A homeowner in the area had video footage showing the suspects stealing items from the vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 2100 block of 29th Street for a reported theft. A 45-year-old Anacortes man reported that his vehicle had been prowled overnight after he left it unlocked. About $150 worth of items were taken from the car.

An officer was dispatched to a reported assault in the 3000 block of Commercial Avenue. A motel employee reported that a woman who had been trespassed from the location had just assaulted her and another employee. There was also a report of another injured person in one of the rooms who may have also been assaulted. A 45-year-old Bellingham woman was later arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault. She was also banned from the premises.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A 45-year-old Anacortes man reported a motor vehicle theft in the 800 block of 28th Street. He said he had discovered his vehicle missing, and that he had the only set of keys. About $150 worth of items were taken from the vehicle.