Police Beat

A weekly roundup as prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

May 16

A resident in the 700 block of Haddon Road reported that someone had gone through her mailbox as well as several of her neighbor’s mailboxes.  The woman reported that many items of mail had been opened and left lying on the ground.  The woman was told to check with her credit card companies and bank for any fraudulent activity. 

A 38-foot pleasure boat being transported on a 45-foot transport vehicle from a boat yard on 30th Street to the Waterfront Festival had its arch and radar dome strike the traffic light at the intersection of 17th Street and Q Avenue.  The collision broke off the lower part of the traffic light and caused an estimated $1,500 in damage to the boat. 

A 59-year-old Oak Harbor man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one car traffic accident after his 2003 Ford pickup left the roadway on westbound Highway 20 and flipped upside down.  Witnesses said that the vehicle was traveling erratically before it left the roadway, crossed through a field and over Reservation Road, and then flipped over.  Police and the Coroners office are investigating the possibility that the driver had been affected by a medical condition at the time of the accident.

A 16-year-old Anacortes boy was arrested on domestic violence assault and malicious mischief charges after allegedly pushing his step-father and punching holes in the veneer of the front door of their home in the 3800 block of M Avenue.  The teen also allegedly kicked the back door to the house which splintered the door jamb.  The teen reportedly became angry with his parents for making him get out of bed.  The teen was booked into Juvenile Detention.

A 27-year-old Anacortes man fled a residence in the 2300 block of G Avenue prior to police arrival after his 21-year-old girlfriend reported that he had allegedly taken her purse and smashed a bassinet belonging to their four-month-old daughter.  The man was reportedly upset because the woman wanted to visit her family for the weekend.  A court summons was later completed charging the man with domestic violence theft and malicious mischief. 

A 54-year-old Anacortes resident reported that her new car had sustained over $1,500 in damage to its rear passenger door and lower cowling while it had been left at a business in the 3200 block of Commercial Avenue.  It appeared as though another vehicle had backed into the woman’s car. 

A 36-year-old Anacortes woman was issued a citation for assault after she allegedly kicked a 28 year old Anacortes man between the legs after an altercation at an apartment in the 900 block of 22nd Street.  The woman said that she had been invited to a barbecue and admitted to having had too much to drink.  The woman said that the male had poked her in the nose with his finger after she told him not to, so she in turn admitted to kicking the man in the groin.  The man had been rolling on the sidewalk when officers arrived, and was profane and uncooperative.  He was asked to provide a statement when he was sober.

May 17

Officers responding to an alarm at Whitney Elementary School discovered two broken window panes on the west side of a classroom.  Four fist sized rocks were located beneath the windows, but no one was located in the area. 

Officers contacted a married couple at their residence in the 900 block of 35th Street after the woman reported her husband had tried to “break her arm.”  Both parties had been drinking, and the woman reported that they had been arguing about her husband giving small bones to their dogs.  Officers could not see any marks or bruising on the woman and her husband was hooked to an oxygen tank and had difficulty moving.  The couple’s adult son also said there had been no assault.  

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man reported the theft of his 1992 Honda from the parking lot at Whistle Lake while he and his friends had been swimming.  The car was valued at $10,000.00.  The vehicle was later located in Everett after it had been stripped of parts and left in a non-drivable condition. 

A 17-year-old Anacortes girl was contacted by Officers at a friend’s house in the 1800 block of Island View Place after it was reported that the girl might have been intentionally cutting her arm.  The girl admitted to being depressed, but said that she had not done anything to harm herself in several days.  She agreed to go voluntarily to the hospital for evaluation. 

The girl’s 19 year old friend was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after admitting to being the owner of a marijuana smoking pipe found in plain view in the room where the girl was contacted. 

May 18

Two trees valued at $100 each were discovered broken and destroyed on the west side of the baseball fields at 13th Street and G Avenue.  A double pane window on the front side of the scorer’s booth was also discovered shattered.  The damage to the window was estimated at $350. 

A juvenile boy returned a bicycle to the Anacortes Public Library at the request of a witness who saw him attempt to ride away on the bike.  The boy’s father was contacted and said that he would discipline his son. 

An Anacortes man was chastised by police after his 17-year-old daughter called 911 to report her father had seen two people carrying a gun.  The father admitted that he had been playing a joke on his daughter, but that he didn’t realize that she would call the police. 

Two 33-year-old Seattle men were cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Washington State Ferry terminal.  The men were contacted in the vehicle inspection line after leaving the ferry in a car.  A passenger admitted he was in possession of marijuana and a smoking pipe, and a drug sniffing K-9 found other marijuana hidden inside of a pair of shorts inside of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle claimed possession of that marijuana and said that he had taken it with him to the San Juan Islands.   

May 19

An Anacortes patrol sergeant recognized a 38-year-old Anacortes man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a probation violation hearing walking in the area of the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue.  The man was arrested a short time later while walking down an alley in the 1000 block of 16th Street.  He was booked into the county jail. 

An employee of a boat building company in the 3300 block of T Avenue reported that someone had pried the front door panel off a vending machine and stolen an unknown amount of food items and money from the machine.  The vending machine was inside a converted storage container that was used as a break room by employees.    
An Anacortes resident in the 1200 block of 15th Street reported that someone had stolen a weed eater valued at $400 from the bed of her pickup sometime during the previous night. 

An Anacortes woman reported that her neighbor in the 1200 block of 41st Street had found several pieces of her mail and returned the items to her.  The woman said that several of the mail items were credit card applications and were missing their contents.  The woman was concerned of possible credit card fraud in the future. 

A 16-year-old Anacortes girl who had her license for six days was cited for reckless driving and violating her license restrictions after driving erratically and hitting a tree in the area of 25th Street and D Avenue.  A witness reported seeing the girl’s car driving at a high rate of speed on a gravel dead end street before skidding to a stop, fishtailing, and then rapidly accelerating the other direction.  The vehicle lost control and struck a tree owned by the witness.  Three female juvenile passengers in the car fled on foot.  The driver stayed at the scene and told an officer that she knew she was not supposed to have non-family juvenile passengers in the car.    

A resident of the 1700 block of 10th Street reported that his 20 year old daughter had been bitten on the leg by a dog while she had been jogging in the neighborhood.  The dog reportedly ran off the front porch and charged the victim when she jogged past its’ house.  Animal Control is following up on the incident. 

A 23-year-old Anacortes woman was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being contacted by officers in the 500 block of R Avenue.  Officers had smelled burnt marijuana inside of a motor home the woman had been inside, and when questioned the woman initially said she had been burning incense.  When officers said they didn’t believe her, the woman retrieved a glass smoking pipe that contained partially burned marijuana and turned it over to officers.

May 20

A 48-year-old Anacortes man was arrested at his residence in the 800 block of 35th Street on three outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Police found the man hiding in his bedroom closet and he admitted that he knew he had warrants and was trying to avoid being arrested.  The man was booked into jail. 

An officer stopped a vehicle for having a defective brake light in the 2400 block of J Avenue.  The officer smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from inside of the car, and the 18-year-old driver from Anacortes said that her 19-year-old passenger had been the only one drinking.  The passenger, also from Anacortes, had watery bloodshot eyes and had thrown up on herself.  The passenger smelled strongly of intoxicants and admitted to drinking four beers.   She was placed under arrest.

The driver was re-contacted and performed some field sobriety tests.  She also provided a portable breath test which indicated she had been drinking.  She then admitted that she had consumed one “tall boy” beer earlier. The driver was also arrested and both women were cited and released for underage drinking. 

A 20-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants after he was contacted in his vehicle in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue.  The man’s driving status was suspended and he admitted he knew he had warrants.  A search of the man’s car revealed two glass marijuana smoking pipes.  The man was cited for driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, and booked into jail on the warrants.             

A 17-year-old Anacortes High School student reported that someone had keyed her car causing an estimated $1,500 damage while the vehicle had been parked in the 2000 block of I Avenue.  The teen had been attending class at the time of the incident. 

An officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 20 for having a defective brake light.  The officer noticed that the 17-year-old Anacortes driver smelled slightly of intoxicants and the driver voluntarily provided a portable breath test that indicated he had been drinking.  The driver admitted to drinking one beer and was placed under arrest.  The driver also said that he possessed “weed,” and the officer located two baggies of suspected marijuana in his pocket.  The driver was taken to the hospital where he provided a voluntary blood sample.  The driver was cited for being a minor driving under the influence of alcohol and referred to juvenile court for possession of marijuana.  He was released to his mother.

A 22-year-old Anacortes man and an 18-year-old Anacortes woman were contacted in a vehicle parked at Whistle Lake after the park was closed for the night.  The male had a confirmed warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody.  During a search incident to arrest, suspected marijuana and a smoking pipe were found in the man’s pockets.  The man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released after the officer learned the jail would not accept the man for booking on the warrant. 

May 21

A man and woman were reported to be seen arguing by a neighbor in the 900 block of 8th Street.  Upon investigation, it was determined that the man and woman were out of town, and the incident was unfounded.  Investigation revealed that the 25-year-old woman who had called 911 was a former girlfriend of the male, and further investigation is ongoing for possible false reporting charges. 

A 47-year-old Hope Island man was arrested in the 1400 block of 4th Street on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on domestic violence charges.  The man had been contacted by an officer regarding the unlawful discharge of a pellet rifle within the city.  The man was booked into jail on the warrant. 

A 65-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman was cited for failure to yield the right of way after her vehicle struck the rear bumper of a car driven by a 79-year-old San Diego man at the intersection of Stare Route 20 and South Fidalgo Bay Road.  The woman admitted that she simply did not see the other car.  

A 27-year-old Hope Island woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Washington State Ferry terminal after US Customs officers contacted her and learned she had the warrant for failing to appear on a controlled substance violation.  The woman was booked into the county jail. 

A 38-year-old Mount Vernon man was contacted and identified after an employee of a business in the 800 block of Commercial Avenue reported the man had been in the business acting strangely.  The man was located at City Hall where he was reported to be shouting at employees to “give the City a piece of his mind.”  The man agreed to leave town on his bicycle after asking to have the King of Saudi Arabia notified if he got arrested.   

A resident of the 2200 block of 24th Street observed an approximately 10 to 11 year old boy on a bicycle looking through mailboxes in the neighborhood.  When the resident confronted the boy, the boy took off on his bicycle. The resident jumped into his car to follow the boy, but the boy had already disappeared.  There had been other reports of mail tampering in the area in the past week.

A 38-year-old resident of the 800 block of 29th Street reported the “theft” of her keys.  The woman said when she went to look for the keys, her daughter admitted to her that she had thrown the keys onto the sidewalk in front of their apartment after the mother disciplined her for school related issues.  It was learned that a neighbor boy had found the keys and had been knocking on doors looking for the owner.  The boy returned the keys to the woman.    

Drug Problem.  This is a case where the Drug Task Force was asked to investigate.  No report at this time. 

Officers responded to the Community Forest Lands near A Avenue after someone reported what sounded like trees being chopped down.  Young men from Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and California were contacted and found to playing with paint ball guns.  The men were educated about the city ordinance banning such behavior and asked to move their activity outside of the city limits.  There was no sign that any trees had been damaged. 

May 22

An Anacortes man brought a small amount of suspected marijuana to the police department and asked that it be destroyed.  The man said that he had found the item in his son’s backpack.  After discussing the incident with an officer, the man said that he would contact his son’s school drug intervention counselor.  The marijuana was placed into evidence to be destroyed at a later time. 

A neighbor reported that a deceased dog that was buried by the former owners of a house in the 3900 block of west 12th Street was dug up by coyotes and the carcass was lying out in the open.  A realtor handing the sale of the house promised to rebury the dog’s remains.      

Police contacted a 52-year-old Anacortes man inside of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue after witnesses reported that the man had struck a young boy inside the vehicle in the face.  The man’s 7-year-old grandson was in the vehicle, but the officer did not observe any visible injuries to the boy.  The man explained that the boy had been throwing a tantrum and banging his head against the vehicle’s window because he had not been allowed to go inside of a business.  The man and the boy were spoken with separately, and both denied that the man had hit the boy.  The man said that he had been attempting to keep the boy from hitting his head against the window.  There was no evidence of an actual assault.