Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

September 19

A 17-year-old Anacortes boy was arrested for domestic violence malicious mischief after he allegedly threw some lawn furniture off of a deck and punched a hole in a door at his residence in the 3800 block of M Avenue.  The boy’s mother reported that he was upset after being suspended from school and that he called her several obscene names after blaming her and school officials for the problems in his life.  The boy was booked into juvenile detention. 

An Anacortes woman reported the theft of her son’s electric scooter that was valued at $375 from the area of Washington Park.  The boy had been attending a birthday party at the park and had left the scooter unattended and it had not been locked. 

September 20

Officers responded to the report of a fight involving approximately seven people outside a business in the 1700 block of 12th Street.  When officers arrived they found a 32-year-old Oak Harbor man lying on the ground and another man pointing at a car and yelling that the occupants of the car had beat up his friend.  The car and its occupants were detained, but a 21-year-old Anacortes woman exited the car and tried to push past an officer despite being told she was being detained.  The woman screamed at and struggled with the officer who was able to place her into handcuffs and then place her in the back of his patrol car until details of the fight could be learned.  The officer then heard a crash and saw that the woman had kicked out a rear door window of the patrol car.  She was then informed that she was under arrest.  She was later booked in to jail for felony malicious mischief for disabling a police car.  A 19-year-old Bellingham woman inside of the car was also arrested after she showed signs of drinking alcohol.  She was cited and released.  It was learned that the man on the ground had some type of verbal exchange with the people in the car and that this had led to a physical fight between the man on the ground and another man.  The man on the ground was taken to the hospital for treatment and the matter is under continued investigation.

Officers responded to a fight report in the 1800 block of Down Jones Way.  When officers arrived the fight had broken up and everyone had left the area.  An officer saw two females and a male walking a few blocks away and the three started to run away when they saw the officer.  A 19-year-old Anacortes woman was caught as she tried to scale a fence and she exhibited the signs of drinking alcohol.  She admitted to drinking and was arrested.  The officer then located the other to people who once again started to run when they saw the officer.  The officer caught another 19-year-old Anacortes woman as she scaled a fence, but the man got away.  The woman smelled of intoxicants and admitted to drinking.  Both women were cited for underage drinking and released. 

A Kirkland man was contacted at an Anacortes marina after he reported finding an athletic shoe that contained what he believed to be a human foot bone.  The man said he had been crabbing in Chuckanut Bay when he saw the show floating in the water.  The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was later notified and the shoe and possible bone were released to a deputy.  Anacortes Police detectives were later notified that the item in the shoe was not a human bone. 

An Anacortes man reported the theft of a dash mounted GPS valued at $160 unit from his Chevy Suburban that was parked in his driveway in the 1800 block of Copper Pond Place.  The vehicle had been left unlocked. 

A Ford pickup was stopped for speeding in the 3800 block of H Avenue.  The driver was identified as a 42-year-old Anacortes man who said that he hadn’t been paying attention to his speed.  The driver smelled of alcohol and told the officer he had “about eight beers” throughout the day after being at a downtown club.  The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunk driving.  The man said that there was “no way” he’d pass a breath test so he refused to take the test.  He then said that he had drunk “8 to 10 beers” but that he was okay to drive because he “wasn’t that drunk.”  The man was cited for drunk driving and released to a sober relative.                                   

September 21

An officer noticed a vehicle traveling on 12th Street with a burned out headlight and its turn signal flashing continuously.  The officer stopped the car in the 1000 block of H Avenue and identified the driver as a 57-year-old Anacortes woman.  The woman had to exit the car to find her driver’s license and she held onto the car for balance before falling in to the side of the car.  The woman smelled of alcohol, had watery bloodshot eyes, and admitted to drinking “a little.”  She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for drunk driving.  She provided two breath samples that were approximately one and a half times the legal limit.  She was released to a sober friend. 

Owners of a business in the 900 block of 30th Street reported arriving to work and finding that someone had damaged the casing to a door on the business by trying to pry on the frame around a window on the door.  It was believed that someone had been trying to break into the business, but entry was not gained and nothing appeared to be missing.  Damage to the door was estimated at $100.

September 22

Staff members reported graffiti had been written on a bathroom wall at the City library.  Clean up cost was estimated at $30 

An Anacortes woman reported that someone had gotten into her husband’s pickup and stole his wallet that contained his ID, credit cards, and $50 in cash.  The pickup was parked on the side of their residence in the 3500 block of Marion Way.  A $400 satellite vehicle navigation system was also stolen from inside of the pickup. 

A 23-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she believed that she might have been sexually assaulted.  The woman told an officer that she had gotten off of work at a downtown business and that she and a co-employee had been drinking together after the business closed for the night.  The woman reported that she did not remember anything else until waking up in her bed the next afternoon with her clothes wet and her room disorganized.  The woman was suspicious that a “date rape” drug might have been placed into her drink.  The woman was examined at a local hospital to determine if there was any physical evidence that she had been assaulted.  The matter is under continued investigation.   

September 23

Two boys bicycles valued at $100 each were reported stolen from a carport in the 1700 block of L Avenue. 

A Woodinville man reported that someone had entered his car while he was taking pictures at the Cap Sante viewpoint and stole a $500 handheld GPS unit and a handicap placard for his vehicle.  The man had left the vehicle unlocked while he was away from it. 

A 69-year-old transient set a park bench on fire in the 1600 block of Q Avenue when he started a fire in a plastic hubcap he had placed on the bench.  The man explained that he had been cold.  He was issued a citation for malicious mischief.  The man was later contacted trying to sleep in front of a grocery store as he was too intoxicated to walk.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.  When he was sober enough he was taken to jail on three outstanding warrants for his arrest for prior criminal trespass charges from other jurisdictions.

September 24

An 18-year-old Anacortes man was contacted at a motel in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue and arrested for having an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Burlington.  He was booked into jail.  The man was subsequently interviewed by an Anacortes Detective and admitted to his involvement in a residential burglary in Anacortes. 

A resident of the 2000 block of I Avenue reported that a taxi had arrived at her house and that the driver said that two women standing outside of his cab had come from North Dakota to see her.  The women were reported to be in their mid-fifties, well dressed, and carrying suitcases.  The woman did not recognize the people and closed the door believing it had possibly been a ruse to get into her house.  Officers did some investigation and determined the guests had probably arrived to visit the former tenants of the house because the woman had only lived there a couple of months.      

A resident of the 1400 block of Alaska Avenue reported that someone had stolen two 12-volt RV batteries that were valued at $100 each from a compartment on the towing frame of his travel trailer. 

Relatives of a 15-year-old Anacortes boy suspected him of stealing numerous items from their apartment in the 800 block of 29th Street.  The boy has been away from the residence for the past few days and had been refusing to go to school.  The family suspected the boy because they said he had been stealing from them for several months including taking funds from his mother’s checking account.  The family discovered that they were missing a computer, a camera, assorted jewelry, an i-Pod Nano, food items, and cash.  Total value of the missing items was estimated at approximately $5000.  The boy’s 15-year-old friend was also suspected of being involved, and he was later arrested on an outstanding warrant.  The first boy is still at large and the investigation continues.     

September 25

A 23-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a previous DUI offense in the 1100 block of 26th Street. 

A Municipal Court judge ordered an 18-year-old Anacortes woman taken into custody while she was appearing in court on an outstanding warrant for a previous underage drinking offense.  The woman was placed temporarily into a holding cell before being released with a new court date. 

An Anacortes woman reported the outer glass pane of a sliding glass door had been shattered at a residence in the 1700 block of 24th Court.  Damage to the door was estimated at $250.  It did not appear that entry had been made into the house and it was unknown what had been used to break the glass. 

September 26

A Guemes Island resident reported the theft of his red Honda Civic from the Guemes Island Ferry parking area in the 500 block of I Avenue.  There was no glass or broken car parts located in the area to indicate any forced entry.  The victim advised the officer that no one had permission to take the car. 

The manager of a business in the 2100 block of Ferry Terminal Road reported that a newer employee had possibly been tampering with customers’ credit card receipts.  The manager had examined several credit card receipts and discovered that the tip line amount had been altered to show a higher tip amount.  It was also discovered that the total amount of tips was higher on the days the newer employee was working and the altered receipts occurred on the days the employee was working.  An Anacortes detective later spoke with the suspected employee, a 22-year-old Anacortes woman, who admitted that she had been altering the tips.  Possible forgery and theft charges are pending.  

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