Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

May 23

A 73-year-old Anacortes man reported his 1992 Ford had been stolen from the parking lot of a business in the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue.  The man said that the vehicle had been left advertised for sale two days prior.  An officer found the vehicle the next night parked in a lot near Island Hospital.  The vehicle’s steering column had been damaged and the ignition cylinder pried out.  The owner retrieved the vehicle.

A 38-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for drunk driving and driving with a suspended driver’s license in the 3300 block of Commercial Avenue after being stopped for having expired vehicle tabs and a cracked windshield.  The man smelled of intoxicants and the vehicle contained numerous empty beer cans.  He performed poorly on his field sobriety tests and subsequently provided two breath samples over the legal limit.     

Two 14-year-old Anacortes boys were arrested after a witness saw them prying an emblem from a vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Commercial Avenue. Parts of the vehicle’s emblem were found in one’s boys’ pocket and in a backpack the other was wearing.  One boy admitted he had used a dagger belonging to the other boy to pry the emblem from the vehicle.  Charges of malicious mischief, possession of stolen property, and possession of a dangerous weapon are pending. 

May 25

An officer contacted a 20-year-old Anacortes man in the 900 block of 21st Street after the man had ducked away from the officer’s view and suspiciously entered a car parked in the alley.  The man said that he was just listening to the radio and drinking a bottle of beer.  The man was holding an opened bottle of beer and said, “This is only my second beer.”  The man displayed the effects of drinking alcohol and was cited for underage drinking. 

May 26

An Anacortes man returned to his house in the 2600 block of B Avenue to find his 27-year-old son sleeping on the couch.  The man told his son to leave as he was violating a no-contact order that prohibited him from coming within 100 yards of the house.  The son left on foot and officers were unable to locate him.  The man was issued a summons for the court order violation. 

An employee of a business in the 900 block of 11th Street reported finding a counterfeit $20.00 bill in one of the tills.  The bill showed many indicators of being counterfeit, but it was unknown who passed the money to the store.  The bill was placed into evidence.

Officers contacted a husband and wife at their apartment in the 900 block of 22nd Street after receiving a report that the couple was involved in a physical altercation.  The couple admitted to arguing, but denied having physically fought.  The woman claimed that she had punched a dresser and that her husband had struck the kitchen table.  An officer handed the woman domestic violence information card and she crumpled it up and threw it away without reading the card.  There were no arrests.

May 27

A resident of a house in the 3900 block of Copper Pond reported that someone had entered his garage sometime during the night.  The man said that an unlocked vehicle in the driveway had been entered and the garage door opener used to access the garage.  The homeowner did not know if anything had actually been stolen at the time of the report.   

A resident of the 2600 block of Creekside Lane reported approximately $118 in unauthorized charges to his credit card.  The man was given information on identity theft prevention and he cancelled the credit card. 

A 36-year-old Anacortes man reported that he had been threatened by an employee of a Seattle area home repair company after he complained to the company that he believed a plumbing job they had completed for him had been done improperly.  The man said that when he told the company that he wanted a City inspector to check the work before he paid off the bill, an employee of the company threatened to kill him.  The matter is under investigation.

A 35-foot sailboat sustained approximately $3000 in damages after allegedly being struck by a crab boat while the sailboat was tied to a dock in the 300 block of 30th Street.  Witnesses said that when the crab boat maneuvered away from the dock it struck the sailboat.  The crab boat did not stop, but witnesses recognized the skipper of the boat and also obtained some identifying numbers on the boat.  The investigation is still ongoing.

An Anacortes family reported the theft of a $1900 laptop computer from their residence in the 1500 block of 29th Street.  The residence was left unlocked due to a restoration company performing repairs to damage sustained from a water main break.  Police contacted two possible suspects who denied any involvement in the theft.

May 28

A 20-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for assault and malicious mischief after witnesses observed the man strike his mother while on the porch of their residence in the 1300 block of 19th Street.  Officers had been at the house a short time earlier when the man’s parents and he argued over his alleged alcohol consumption.  The man had arrived back home after being cited earlier in the night for underage drinking.  Witnesses also observed the man punch and damage two mailboxes on the porch.  The man was booked into jail.

Vandals used several small rocks to break two windows on the south side of a business located in the 1600 block of Commercial Avenue.  There was no evidence of entry into the building, but damage was estimated at over $250.      

An employee of a business in the 2600 block of Commercial Avenue reported that someone had attempted to steal a customer’s car that was parked outside of the business.  The employee discovered that someone had pried the locked car’s window, removed the stereo from the dashboard, and destroyed the ignition in an attempt to start the car.  The vehicle had been towed to the business because it was not in running condition. 

A 50-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for being in violation of his electronic home monitoring status after an officer recognized the man who was driving around town with a friend.  The officer checked with the jail staff and learned that the man was supposed to be working at a construction site and that he was not authorized to be anywhere else.  The man was booked into jail. 

A 44-year-old Anacortes woman was cited for hit and run after witnesses saw her vehicle strike a parked car and damage the side mirror in the 1900 block of Island View Place.  Witnesses obtained the license number on the woman’s vehicle and she was contacted at her home.  The woman admitted to hitting the other car, but she said that homeowners who lived in that neighborhood should park in their driveways to avoid being hit.

A 34-year-old Anacortes man reported that his pickup had been prowled while it had been parked unlocked in front of his house in the 3300 block of F Avenue.  The man reported that his passport, his son’s birth certificate, and his garage door opener were stolen.         

May 29

A 20-year-old Anacortes man was arrested in the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue on a warrant for a previous underage drinking charge.  During the arrest search, the officer located a baggie in the man’s pocket that contained a white crystalline residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.  The man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into jail on the warrant.

Officers were dispatched to the report of a fight in the 1200 block of 34th Street.  Officers spoke with a woman and her 11-year-old son and learned that they had been arguing over the boy’s refusal to get in the car to go to school.  After speaking with an officer, the boy apologized to his mother and left for school. 

A homeowner in the 1300 block of Broadview arrived home and found an unwanted man sleeping on her couch.  The woman kicked the man out, but later went to the police department after discovering a bag hidden in her living room.  The bag contained various bong parts and other drug smoking paraphernalia.  The items were placed into evidence for disposal. 

A 22-year-old Anacortes resident reported that someone had stolen his Suzuki motorcycle from the carport of his residence in the 900 block of 27th Street.  The victim said that the handle bars of the motorcycle were not locked, but that no one had permission to take it.  A State motor vehicle theft report was completed. 

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a previous theft charge after she was recognized as a passenger in a car the officer had stopped in the 2200 block of 15th Street.  The officer had stopped the vehicle for having a defective brake light.  The officer then recognized the passenger.  The driver of the car was issued an infraction notice for not have insurance on the car, and the passenger was booked into jail on the warrant. 

May 30

A 17-year-old Anacortes youth was arrested after allegedly assaulting his 21 -year-old wife at their apartment in the 1500 block of O Avenue.  The woman’s 20-year-old brother had called 911 after he heard the couple arguing and witnessed his brother-in-law push his sister.  The brother reported that he told the youth not to touch his sister or he would beat him up.  The wife confirmed that her husband of three months had pushed her, and he was then taken into custody for domestic violence assault.  The husband was booked into Juvenile Detention.             

A car parked in the 1600 block of O Avenue had its left front and rear door windows, and its’ front windshield shattered by a large rock found near the vehicle.  Damage to the car was estimated at over $750. The car owner said that nothing had been taken from the vehicle and that the damage had occurred sometime in the previous eight hours.           

An Anacortes woman reported that a car usually driven by her daughter had its’ front windshield shattered by a rock while the vehicle had been parked overnight in the 1100 block of 20th Street.  The damage was estimated at $350. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

571 Skagit Cases (+4)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

61 Hospitalizations (+1)
16 Deaths (+0)
454 Recovered
13,082 Tested
4.4% Positive

38,581 Cases Statewide (+640)
4,665 Hospitalizations (+35)

1,409 Deaths Statewide (+15)
660,330 Total Tests Statewide
5.8% Positive

Updated 7:00 pm July 9, 2020.

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