Police Beat

Police responded to a fight at the Tommy Thompson Trail near 22nd and R Avenue at a vagrant camp.

On Friday, April 29, officers arrived and were flagged down by a 31-year-old Anacortes man, who advised that he had hit someone in the head with a stick. The officers located a 48-year-old Anacortes man down the street a short distance holding a rag covered in blood. The man said he had been in an argument with the other man and had grabbed a stick, which the other man had eventually grabbed and hit him with before leaving on the bike. The injured man advised that they are friends and that he did not want to press charges. The other man said he didn’t want to either and that he was relieved that the injured man was not seriously hurt.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a theft at a local grocery store. The manager reported that a woman had pushed a full cart of groceries out of the store without paying and then left in a car. The vehicle could not be subsequently located. The officer collected video footage of the woman leaving with the cart of items. An attempt-to-locate was placed on the vehicle.

Dispatch was contacted by a 37-year-old Anacortes woman regarding her vehicle being stolen in the 1100 block of 24th Street. An officer contacted her, and she advised that the incident was actually a prank by her friend. Her vehicle was not stolen; it was actually parked on a different side of the parking lot. 

A 50-year-old Anacortes woman contacted dispatch regarding juveniles walking on the roof of Island Elementary School. An officer responded and located them on the roof and attempted contact but was unsuccessful. The officer contacted the reporting party, who said the juveniles had climbed from the roof while he was walking the perimeter. The officer contacted the juveniles on the bleachers of at the Anacortes Middle School baseball field and requested the three contact their parents or guardians; they complied without incident. The officer spoke with each of their parents’/guardians.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A massive tree collapsed onto Highway 20 just west of the Welcome to Anacortes sign. The tree blocked both lanes of travel, and the highway was subsequently closed while the Anacortes Fire Department cut the tree using a chainsaw and removed it from the highway.

An 80-year-old Anacortes man informed dispatch that someone stole the tabs off his truck in the 2100 block of Commercial Avenue. An officer contacted the man, who was unsure when the tabs were stolen. He said the month tab was missing but the year tab was still on the vehicle. He also advised that he believed someone had been stealing his truck. He said when he took it to a mechanic a couple of weeks ago, it was set to 4x4, a setting he never uses. He also noticed that the gas tank had been diminishing rather quickly.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Dispatch advised of a domestic at a motel in the 1100 block of Sixth Street. An anonymous reporting party reported a verbal dispute between a male and a female. The dispatcher advised that there is a possible order between the two. Officers responded to the location and contacted the business owner, who advised that she had overheard the two yelling and then had seen a man leave the property. Officers contacted a 45-year-old Mount Vernon woman, who advised that she had been staying in the room with a 54-year-old Anacortes man and that he had been drinking when an argument ensued. She advised that the argument remained verbal in nature and that the man had left prior to the officers’ arrival. Dispatch advised of an Island County Domestic Violence No-Contact Order protecting the woman from the man. Dispatch later advised that the man had returned, and officers arrested him for violating a domestic violence no-contact order. He was transported to the Skagit County jail.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Dispatch advised of a trespass at an Anacortes grocery store. The manager advised that a 30-year-old Anacortes man who had been banned was in the store. Dispatch also advised that he had a Skagit County felony warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers contacted the manager, who advised that he did not appear to have taken anything, but also that he comes in almost daily despite being banned. The investigation continues.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Dispatch advised of a vagrancy in the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue. The reporting party advised that a tent was set up in the yard of a business and that they would like it checked on. An officer responded and spoke to a 74-year-old Anacortes man through the tent. He agreed to leave, and the officer checked on him throughout the day as he packed his things. Another officer later confirmed that he had left the area.

Dispatch advised of a vehicle prowl in the 800 block of 23rd Street. The reporting party, a 34-year-old Anacortes woman, advised that she had parked her vehicle in front of her residence the previous night and discovered the driver’s side door ajar in the morning prior to contacting law enforcement. She advised that she had left her car unlocked out of habit.

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