Police Beat

An Anacortes woman called 911 last week to report that she was following a car on Highway 20 that appeared to have a human hand and foot sticking out of the trunk.

The woman followed the car into town, where an Anacortes Police officer contacted the driver of the suspicious vehicle in the 1600 block of Commercial Ave. It was then discovered that the items in the trunk were just Halloween decorations that the driver had purchased earlier. 

Some of the other police cases, as reported by the Anacortes Police Department:

October 10

An employee of the Lake Washington School District reported that a seven year old Kirkland boy who was a special needs student had reported to his care giver that his father had hit him on the head and bottom during his weekend visitations to Anacortes.  It was further reported that the boy had said that his father used his “daddy voice” occasionally which disturbed the boy’s auditory sensitivity.  Child Protective Services in both Kirkland and Skagit County are investigating. 

An Anacortes man reported that two tires on his 1978 Lincoln had been slashed while the vehicle had been parked in a parking lot at a business in the 1200 block of 24th Street.  The vehicle had been parked in the lot for a few days due to mechanical problems.  Damage was estimated at $200. 

A 16-year-old Anacortes boy reported the theft of a gas powered scooter valued at $200 from a residence in the 2600 block of Fir Crest Blvd.  The boy had ridden to the house from his residence on V Avenue and parked it on the side of his friend’s house.  When the boy came outside a little over an hour later, the scooter was gone.  The boy’s helmet valued at approximately $50 was also stolen. 

October 11

A resident of the 2000 block of J Avenue reported that he had discovered three holes punctured in the front windshield of his motor home that appeared to have been caused by rocks being thrown at the glass.  The damage was estimated at $600.

A 59-year-old Anacortes woman called 911 to report that her 71-year-old husband had assaulted her at their home in the 4300 block of O Avenue.  The woman reported that her husband had become upset when she asked him if a bill she had found was for personal or business purposes.  The woman reported that her husband had yelled at her, pulled a chair she had been sitting on out from under her, and pulled her hair as she struggled to get away.  The woman said that she had suffered shoulder pain and that the backs of both her hands were scraped.  Officers spoke with the husband who admitted to getting mad about being asked about the bill because he had just arrived home and was tired.  The man denied having pulled the chair from under his wife or pulling her hair.  He was placed under arrest for domestic violence assault and booked into jail. 

An officer stopped a car in the 5300 block of Doon Way after it was determined to be traveling at over 60 miles per hour in a 25 MPH zone.  The driver was identified as a 19-year-old Guemes Island man who told the officer he didn’t realize he was going that fast.  Two 16-year-olds and one 14-year-old Anacortes boy were passengers in the car.  The driver was cited and released for reckless driving.  A 16-year-old Anacortes boy was taken home to his mother after it was discovered he had a marijuana pipe in his pants pocket.  The boy was later referred for possession of drug paraphernalia.     

An employee of a business in the 2500 block of J Avenue reported that someone had stolen a 1999 Ford van belonging to the business.  The keys to the van were still at the business and none of the employees knew the location of the van.   A short time later, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office reported finding the van hidden amongst some trees on Summit Park Road.  The ignition on the vehicle had been punched and the second and third row seats were missing.  The van was also out of gas.  The vehicle was retrieved by the owner who also signed a motor vehicle theft report. 

October 12

Port of Anacortes security reported that a boat at a marina in the 1000 block of Q Avenue had been entered.  An officer then spoke with an Arlington man who was the boat owner.  The man said that someone had entered his 36-foot pleasure boat through an unlocked hatch and stole a 19-inch television valued at $430 and an I-Home radio valued at $100 from the main salon.  The boat owner said that it appeared the thief could not get the television to fit through the hatch, so the thief cut away the screen from a cabin window and took it out through the window.

A 28-year-old Anacortes woman living in the 6000 block of Sands Way reported that she had been assaulted by her neighbor.  The woman said that the man had followed her into the women’s restroom at the RV park where she was performing her cleaning duties.  The woman said that the man had grabbed her and pushed her and that she had sustained bruises to her upper chest and forearm.  The bruising was visible to the officer.  The woman said that the man had been making unwanted advances on her for the past month.  Officers contacted the 39-year-old man outside of his motor home, but he denied assaulting the woman.  The man said that he had touched her in “friendly” way and that he just wanted to be a “brother” to her.  The man was arrested for assault and booked into jail. 

A 63-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for drunk driving after an officer observed the man sitting in the driver’s seat of a pickup that was crossways in the street at Market and 9th Streets.  The engine was running and the man was just staring straight ahead.  The man did not respond to several knocks on his window by the officer.  The officer finally opened the door and immediately smelled the strong odor of intoxicants.  The man fumbled with his wallet looking for his license and he finally handed his wallet to the officer told the officer to “find it” for him.  The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and told the officer he knew he shouldn’t have been driving.  The man was placed under arrest for DUI and the officer found some suspected marijuana in the man’s pant pocket during a search incident to arrest.  The man was taken to the police station where he refused to provide proper breath samples.  He was booked into jail on DUI and possession of marijuana charges.   

October 14

A Guemes island resident reported a vehicle prowl to her 1990 Toyota that was parked near the Guemes Ferry Terminal in the 500 block of I Avenue.  The woman said that she had left her vehicle parked and locked overnight, but that when she returned in the morning she found the driver’s door standing open and the remaining doors unlocked.  The thief rifled through her car and stole a laptop computer valued at $3000.  The method of entry into the car was unknown.     

The owner of a business in the 1000 block of 5th Street reported that sometime since closing hours the previous day someone had ran a vehicle into his building and had caved in an approximate four-foot by five-foot section of an exterior wall.  Yellow colored paint transfer was visible on the damaged area.  The damage also extended into the interior portion of the building.  The owner will be providing the police with a damage estimate at a later time. 

A 32-year-old Anacortes man contracted the police to report numerous violations of a domestic violence no-contact order by his 23-year-old former girlfriend.  The man provided a recording of numerous voice messages he had received that were allegedly left by the woman.  The man also said that the woman had left him two text messages.  The man said that he had told the woman several times in the past month that he did not want contact with her.  Police contact with the woman is pending. 

October 15

An Anacortes man reported that the rear passenger window to his car had been broken while the car had been parked at his place of employment in the 1000 block of 2nd Street.  Nothing appeared to be missing from the car and it was unknown what was used to break the glass.  The repair damage was estimated at $250. 

A resident of the 1200 block of 32nd Street reported that someone had destroyed a political campaign sign that was displayed on his property.  He further reported that he has had other signs damaged and stolen in the past at a cost of approximately $250.                        

A La Conner woman reported that she had loaned a bracelet valued at $150 to a friend’s mother approximately a year ago.  The woman said that the friend’s mother passed away a short time later and that the friend then went to her mother’s house and took possession of the bracelet.  The woman said that she had seen her friend wearing the bracelet on at least two occasions and that she asked for the item to be returned.  The woman reported that the friend was refusing to give back the bracelet.  Police contact with the friend is pending.

A 69-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she was driving westbound in the 1000 block of 8th Street when an older pickup pulled out from behind a business at a high rate of speed and struck the rear quarter panel of her brand new car.  The woman said that the pickup did not stop, but that she was sure the driver whom she described as an older male knew he had struck her car.  The woman’s car sustained an estimated $800 in damage. 

An Eastsound woman reported that someone had stolen her wallet from her shopping cart while she was shopping at a store in the 900 block of 11th Street.  The woman said that the wallet had been hooked to the handle of the cart, but it was unknown if the wallet had fallen out of the cart or actually been removed by someone.  The wallet contained the woman’s identification, credit cards, checkbook, medical cards, and approximately $300 in cash. 

An Anacortes man reported that he had returned to his yacht that was moored at a west Anacortes Marina and discovered that the door was standing open and several cabinets and drawers had been rifled through.  The man said that the boat had been left unsecured.  The boat owner discovered that he was missing a 20” LCD television that was valued at $300.  The man said that he would check with his neighboring boat owners to see if any other boats had been prowled. 

October 16

A resident of the 1100 block of 28th Street reported that his 34-year-old wife had consumed an unknown amount of prescription medication with the intent of harming herself.  The woman then walked from the house.  The man said that he and his wife had argued after she had returned home from a downtown bar prior to him observing her swallow some of the pills.  An officer located the woman at the playground area of a nearby park.  The woman was transported to the hospital at her request for an examination. 

A La Conner woman who was visiting her friend in the 3700 block of W. 5th Street discovered the door to her car standing open and the gas cover open.  She then learned that an approximate half tank of gas had been siphoned from her car.  The interior light had remained on due to the door being left open and the car battery was also dead.      

A church in the 1200 block of “M” Ave. reported that a Sony lap top computer, Fujistu projector, and a wireless microphone and transmitter had been taken from the pastor’s office sometime in the past week.  There was a delay in reporting as it was originally believed the items had just been borrowed.  The total loss to the church is about $2,400. 

A resident in the 900 block of “O” Ave. reported to officers that she received a call from her bank that someone had tried to pass a $600 check from an old account of hers.  It appears that the check was in the possession of a 14-year-old Anacortes boy, who deposited it into his account, drew out $600 from the cash machine and gave it to a 17-year-old boy.  Officers are still investigating the matter.      

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Over Time

178 Positive Cases (+6)
27 Hospitalized (+2)
5 Deaths (+1)
39 Recovered
723 Tested as of 4/4

Updated April 9, 2020
Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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