Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

July 11

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend at her residence in the 2300 block of 33rd Street.  The woman reported that the two had argued and that the argument had turned physical when the man grabbed her and pushed her into a kitchen counter.  The man admitted to arguing with the woman, but he denied assaulting her.  He said that he had just tried to push past the woman using his shoulder and elbow.  He was booked into jail for domestic violence assault.

A resident of the 800 block of 26th Street reported the theft of a $1700 plasma television and a $700 computer from his residence.  An officer spoke with two of the man’s friends regarding the theft and the matter is still under investigation. 

June 12

Two men and two women from Bellingham were cited for drinking alcohol in the forest lands near Whistle Lake.  The group claimed they did not know drinking alcohol at the lake was illegal even though they were seated approximately twenty feet away from a sign that stated alcohol was prohibited in the ACFL. 

A 16-year-old boy fled his residence in the 3800 block of M Avenue after allegedly cursing at his mother and pushing her to the floor.  The boy had refused to show his mother what was inside of his backpack as he was leaving the house, and when the woman tried to look inside of the backpack, the boy shoved her to the floor.  The boy fled the area on foot and charges are pending for domestic violence assault. 

A pizza delivery driver reported the theft of his car while it had been parked near a business in the 1000 block of 14th Street.  The car had been left unlocked.  The car was later found about an hour later near the Guemes Ferry lot and nothing appeared to have been stolen from the car.  It was believed that the victim’s friends may have been playing a prank on him.

July 13

Officers responded to a fight in progress in an alley near the 1600 block of 13th Street.  Officers spoke with several people in a car that was leaving the area, including a man with a bleeding hand.  The people claimed they had been at a party at a house in the area, when an unknown man started a fight with the subject with the bloody hand.  It was learned that the man with the bloody hand had been an unwanted guest at the house party.

While speaking with the subjects, an officer noticed that a passenger had tried to conceal an object on the floor with his foot.  The officer checked and discovered a marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana on the floor.  A 23-year-old Anacortes man was cited for possession of the items.  The driver of the car was also cited for having an open alcohol container in the vehicle.  

A pickup was broken into in a parking lot behind a restaurant in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue and an approximate $5000 stereo system removed from the dash.  The vehicle’s alarm system was also disabled during the theft.

A  mountain bike valued at $50 was stolen from outside a building in the 600 block of R Avenue. 

An Oak Harbor woman’s purse was stolen from inside of a vehicle parked at Whistle Lake.  Several items from inside of the purse were found in some nearby shrubs, but the victim was still missing credit cards, a checkbook, and keys. 

An Anacortes resident reported that another car had backed into his car in a business parking lot in the 1100 block of Commercial Avenue.  The offending driver contacted the victim, but the offender spoke little English and drove off before identifying himself.  An employee of the business recognized the offender and police are working on contacting him. 

A 24-year-old Stanwood man was cited for consuming/possessing  alcohol at Whistle Lake after an officer had seen a beer bottle sticking out of a cooler in the man’s possession in violation of community forest land rules. 

An employee for a business in the 900 block of 17th Street reported the theft of two watches valued at approximately $10 each.  Two suspicious males had been seen near the watch display and the employee later found the packaging for the watches in the restroom.  The area was checked for the suspects, but they were not located. 

July 14

An officer contacted a 41-year-former Seattle man living out of his van in the 900 block of 23rd Street after it was reported that he was being a nuisance and had offered a marijuana pipe to a teenager who lived in the neighborhood.  The man told the officer it had been a mistake to offer the teen a pipe, and he admitted that he had some ”weed” inside of his van.  The man pointed out some marijuana on a shelf in the van and he was placed into custody.  The officer also located marijuana smoking pipes and a partially filled prescription pill bottle in another person’s name.  The man claimed his friend had given him the pills.  The man was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of prescription medication.  He was also informed of the new City ordinance that prohibited living in a vehicle on City streets.     

July 15

A 17-year-old Anacortes teen reported the theft of her cell phone from the area of the Skate Park.  The girl had left the phone unattended for a few minutes while she spoke with a friend, and when she returned to retrieve it, the phone was gone. 

An officer stopped a car in the 900 block of 29th Street for having a defective taillight.  The driver, a 22-year-old Anacortes man, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license and having two outstanding warrants for his arrest.  During a search of the man incident to arrest, the officer located a bag of suspected marijuana in the man’s pocket.  A scale with flakes of marijuana on it was located under the driver’s seat and the man said that he used the scale to weigh marijuana when he purchased it to make sure he was not getting “ripped off.”  The man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and booked into jail on the warrants. 

July 16

A 65-year-old Anacortes man was cited for following too closely after his vehicle rear ended a car driven by an Anacortes woman on State Route 20 near Reservation Road.  The woman had slowed for traffic while the man was looking in his rear view mirror.  When the man looked back, he was unable to stop in time.  The woman suffered back pain.

A 41-year-old Anacortes man reported that his girlfriend’s 15-year-old son had run away from a residence in the 900 block of 25th Street.  The man said that he had gotten into a “wresting match” with the boy in an attempt to keep him from leaving and that the boy had hit his head.  The boy was contacted at his grandmother’s house and said that the man had told him to leave the house and then tried to pull him back inside.  The boy said that the man grabbed him by his hair and pushed his head into the door jamb and kneed him in the back.  The boy had a bump on the side of his forehead.  The man was re-contacted and placed under arrest for domestic violence assault, and he admitted he had “gone too far” in trying to discipline the boy.  He was booked into jail.

An officer observed a bicyclist on D Avenue near 29th Street carrying a six pack of beer. He contacted the cyclist and discovered him to be 17-year-old Anacortes male after the teen initially told the officer he was 21.  The teen was placed under arrest for possession of alcohol and was also found to be in possession of a bag containing a tan powdery substance.   The teen told the officer the powder was ground opium poppy seed bulbs that he claimed was purchased legally over the Internet with the intent of boiling and drinking as a tea.  The teen was released to his parents after being informed he would be referred to Juvenile Court for MIP, obstructing, and possible drug charges pending analysis of the powder by the State crime lab.  

Officers responded to a house in the 1600 block of 7th Street regarding a verbal domestic dispute. The male half of the argument had already left when officers arrived. They contacted a woman who said that she had been arguing with her boyfriend before he left.   Officers learned that the woman was a nineteen year old Oak Harbor resident and that she was intoxicated.  The woman admitted that she had drunk “four beers.”  She was cited and released for underage drinking and then transported to meet a friend who came to transport her home.   

July 17

A resident of the 1500 block of 8th Street reported that someone had entered her house through an unlocked door and stole a Playstation game system, games, ten DVD’s, and a backpack.  The total value of the stolen items was over $1000.  The victim provided the name of a possible suspect and the matter is under investigation.

An Anacortes couple reported that someone had broken into their van while it was parked on top of Mount Erie while they had been hiking on nearby trails.  The couple discovered that a window latch had been broken which allowed access into the vehicle.  Stolen from the vehicle were a purse, wallet, identification, credit cards, a checkbook, and a cell phone.     

A 15-year-old Anacortes boy was arrested at Storvik Park for vandalizing the new playground equipment.  The boy and two unknown friends had been smearing some type of caulking or lubricant on the slide and other Parts of the equipment.  The boy was unable to provide the names of his friends who had already left the area.  The boy was released to his mother and he was referred to juvenile court for malicious mischief.  A damage estimate from the City Parks Department is pending.