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Another case of computer fraud was reported this week.

A 61-year-old Anacortes man reported on Monday, Sept. 19, that he had been a victim of fraud. He told the responding officer that his computer had been frozen, and it advised him to call Microsoft with a number provided. He said he thought this was suspicious but did so anyway. The person on the phone instructed him to purchase an Apple gift card for $500 so they could fix the computer. The man said he was skeptical of this and called his bank to put blocks on his accounts, but still went and bought the gift card and gave the person on the phone the card number. He said he understood that he would not be getting his money back, as this was an out-of-country scam.

Anacortes Police also investigated these other cases.

Friday, September 16, 2022

A local car dealership called to report that someone had gained access to a customer’s vehicle and that it looked disheveled. An officer responded and contacted the service manager, who showed the officer the SUV. The manager said the vehicle was not broken into and was locked when the manager went to access it for work to be done on it. Upon entering the vehicle, the manager saw that the steering column was torn apart and the ignition was damaged. The officer discovered a ring of shaved vehicle keys and pepper spray wedged between the driver’s seat and center console that appeared to have been used to access the locked vehicle and left behind when the suspect fled. Nothing was discovered missing from the vehicle.

Officers arrested a 37-year-old Anacortes man on Friday, Sept. 16, and later submitted charging documents for violation of a no-contact order (domestic violence), three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and three counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver. With the exception of the no-contact order violation, these are felony charges. Officers initially responded to the 800 block of 30th Street after being dispatched to a report of a violation of a no-contact order, which they confirmed had occurred. Additionally, officers searched the man’s backpack, incident to arrest, and found three loaded semiautomatic handguns, two of which had rounds chambered.  Officers also discovered a large quantity of blue pills in six different bags, a large amount of a white crystalline substance in two bags and a white powder substance in another bag.  The substances in the backpack were field-tested and yielded presumptive positive results for methamphetamine and fentanyl. The man was later confirmed to have 12 felony convictions, making it unlawful for him to purchase or possess firearms.  The no-contact order also required him to surrender all firearms he possessed. The man was transported to Skagit County jail and placed on an investigative hold, with the aforementioned charges later filed.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The owner of a local bar on Commercial Avenue called and advised that he had pepper-sprayed an unruly male who refused to leave. Officers responded and contacted the owner, who said the man had left and walked east. The owner said other customers had informed him of a potential fight in the back of the bar. He said he approached the two involved men and asked them to leave, and they did, but returned a short time later. The owner approached them again and asked them to leave, saying he would call the police if they didn’t. He said one of the men became aggressive and approached the owner, leading the owner to believe the man was about to hit him. The owner pepper-sprayed him and pushed him away. The man left. The owner was advised to call if he returned.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 

The reporting party reported a man holding a sign who was yelling and getting into people’s faces at the corner of 12thStreet and Commercial Avenue. Officers contacted both parties involved, who agreed to be cordial with their opposing views and to continue peacefully demonstrating.

Monday, September 19, 2022

A local store manager called and said a woman had walked out without paying for her items, which included six bottles of various brands of tequila and a container of fudge brownies. The officer took digital images and video of the suspect and tried calling the registered owner of the vehicle the woman drove away in.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A 54-year-old Anacortes man called and told the responding officer that an officer needed to call a 48-year-old Anacortes man and tell him to “cease and desist.” The officer asked what was going on, and the man said the other man was threatening to kill him of he ever went back to his mother’s residence. He said he had hired the 48-year-old to do some cleaning at his mother’s residence. He was then informed that the man didn’t want him at his mother’s place anymore. The reporting party said he didn’t care about that but that the man had been blowing up his phone with calls and messages. The officer called the man who had hired the reporting party, who said that the reporting party had taken his mother on walks at Washington Park despite her mobility issues and that the reporting party had gotten angry when the man said he no longer required his assistance. He said he’ll be looking into an order between his mother and the reporting party.

An officer was driving on Commercial Avenue and noticed a man lying on the ground in front of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue. The officer contacted the man and another man on site. The man on the ground was not conscious but was breathing, and he had blood pooling on the ground next to his mouth. The officer requested aid. The other man said the man on the ground was drunk and that they had been at a local restaurant drinking.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

There was a report of a lost dog in the 1100 block of B Avenue that was subsequently found in the closet.

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