Police Beat

anacortes_police_logo.pngAn Anacortes police officer stopped a Mount Vernon man driving with a suspended license twice in one day last week...

An Anacortes police officer stopped a Mount Vernon man driving with a suspended license twice in one day last week... 

A 27-year-old Mount Vernon man was stopped for driving a car with expired license tabs in the 2400 block of R Avenue.  The man did not have insurance on the car and his driving status was suspended for a previous unpaid ticket.  He was arrested, cited, and then released for the license offense.  He was then transported to his place of employment to get a ride from a co-worker after being advised not to drive due to his license suspension.  Approximately an hour and a half later, the same officer saw the same man driving the same vehicle in the 2600 block of R Avenue at a high rate of speed.  The man then parked the car in the 900 block of 26th Street and began walking away.  The officer contacted the man and asked him why he had been driving again when he was suspended and had been told not to drive.  The man said that he needed to get home to Mount Vernon and none of his co-workers could take him home.  When asked why he had been driving so fast, the man replied that he was “scared of being arrested again.”  The man was again arrested and cited for driving with a suspended license and his vehicle was impounded.  The officer gave him a courtesy ride back to his place of employment.

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

November 7

An Anacortes woman reported the theft of her checkbook and $150 in cash from the room she rented in the 1000 block of 7th Street.  The woman provided the name of a possible suspect as she had discovered the items missing after the man had visited her.  Police contact with the man is pending and the matter is under investigation. 

An employee of a downtown bar reported that a 32-year-old Anacortes man had entered the bar bleeding from the head and told the staff that he had been assaulted by his ex-girlfriend, a 23-year-old Anacortes woman.  Officers contacted the man while he was being treated by paramedics.  The man had several cuts on his face and scratches on his abdomen.  The man told officers that he had been at the woman’s apartment in the 1100 block of 3rd Street having dinner when she became upset at him because another woman had answered the man’s phone the previous day.  The man reported that the woman had knocked his plate onto the floor, called him an obscene name, and began to punch him in the face.  The man said that he tried to leave, but that the woman locked the front door and told him he wasn’t leaving.  The man said that the woman continued to assault him and that they went to the ground where she kicked him and punched him in the groin.  The man said that he was finally able to get out the front door.  Officers learned that a domestic violence no-contact order existed from a previous domestic assault that prohibited the woman from having intentional contact with the man.  The woman was arrested a few hours later by Swinomish Tribal Police for driving under the influence of alcohol.  An Anacortes Police officer spoke with the woman and she denied having assaulted the man and said that it was “her word against his.”  She was booked into jail for investigation of felony violation of a no-contact order. 

November 8

A 26-year-old Anacortes man reported the theft of his mountain bike from where it was parked outside of a business in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue.  The victim said that he had been shopping in the store for about 15 minutes and that he had failed to lock up his bike.  The bike lock had been attached to the bike and it was also stolen. 

An Anacortes woman reported that her eight-year-old daughter and her daughter’s friend had been riding their bikes on the Tommy Thompson Trail when a man on a bicycle rode by and swore at the girls.  The man also allegedly threatened to kick the daughter’s rear end.  The woman provided a description of the man and police were able to identify the man from the description.  Police contact with the man is pending.     

An officer responded to the 2700 block of 17th Street regarding a man reporting that he had found a deer that had been shot with an arrow.  The man said that he had been walking his dog in a wooded area and found a large deer that had died on the property.  The man said that when he went to move the deer, he found half of a broken arrow shaft beneath the animal.  The officer took the arrow as evidence, but the suspect is unknown at this time.

An Oak Harbor woman who works at a business in the 900 block of 21st Street reported that someone had entered her car and stole her purse sometime while she was working.  The purse contained the woman’s wallet, identification, credit cards, and $100 in cash.  The woman said that she believed her car had probably been left unlocked as there was no sign of forced entry. 

November 9

A resident of the 3700 block of M Avenue reported that someone had thrown a red building stone through the rear window of her van that was parked in her driveway.  The window was shattered and the stone was found in the back seat.  The damage was estimated at $500.

An Anacortes woman reported that she had suffered a puncture wound to her hip as the result of being bitten by a dog at her residence in the 2700 block of Washington Blvd.  The woman reported that two dogs had been on her front porch and that when she tried to check them for dog tags, one of the dogs she described as a lab bit her.  When the officer arrived, the two dogs were running loose in the road and the lab tried to attack a man who was walking his dog on the street.  The dog owner’s father arrived and took control of the dogs.  The dog owner then arrived and said that the dogs had gotten out of their yard when the gate had been accidentally left open.  It was later learned that the offending dog was current on it’s vaccinations and the Animal Control Officer is following up on the investigation. 

An Anacortes man reported that someone had shattered two windows of his Ford Mustang while it was parked overnight in the 900 block of 3rd Street. There are no known suspects and it was unknown what was used to break the glass. 

An Oak Harbor woman reported the theft of her purse that contained her driver’s license, credit cards, and a checkbook while she had been bowling in the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue.  The woman said that her purse had been inside of a bowling bag that had been stored under a table.  The woman checked with the staff, but no one had seen anything suspicious. 

An Anacortes woman reported that she had been driving north on R Avenue when her car was struck in the rear by an unknown vehicle near the intersection with 28th Street.  The victim’s car had rear driver’s side damage and a broken taillight assembly.  The victim said the other vehicle left the area without stopping and she could only describe it as a large dark colored car.  The victim suffered some neck and hip pain as the result of the collision. 

November 10

An employee of a construction business reported the theft of a chainsaw from the back of a company truck the previous week while the truck was parked in the 6100 block of Parkside Drive.  The saw had inadvertently been left on the flatbed of the truck over night. 

November 11

The owners of a motor home parked in the 2400 block of 42nd Place reported that someone had broken into the vehicle while they had been away on vacation.  It appeared that entry had been made by removing a window screen and then sliding the window open.  The owner discovered that the dash area of the motor home had been removed and that he was missing a six disc CD player, six stereo speakers, and a single CD player.  The value of the stolen items exceeded $500.  The damage to the dash and window screen was approximately $400.  Several cupboards, drawers, and closets had also been rifled through. 

An Anacortes resident reported that someone had stolen the purse out of her car while it had been parked in the 1100 block of Longview Avenue.  The victim had left the car unlocked overnight.  Missing with the purse were assorted cosmetics, papers, and photographs, but it had not contained cash or credit cards. 

The roommate of a 68-year-old Anacortes man discovered a note from the man that said he was behind a building in the 2400 block of R Avenue and that the roommate should call the police.  Officers responded to the area and discovered a car with its engine running and a hose running from the exhaust pipe into the passenger compartment.  Officers removed the hose and opened the door and discovered the man conscious inside the car doing a crossword puzzle.  The man was lethargic and admitted he had been attempting to commit suicide.  The man was transported to the hospital for physical and mental evaluation. 

November 12

A resident of the 1900 block of 11th Street reported that someone had punctured both right side tires of her vehicle while it had been parked in front of her house.  The tires appeared to have been punctured with a knife type instrument and the estimated repair cost was $200.00. 

A woman living in the 2300 block of 37th Street reported the theft of $1500 from her house.  The woman spoke with a relative who had been at her house during the time frame of the theft, but the relative denied having taken the money.  An officer also spoke with the relative who again denied having taken the money and said that she would not steal from her family. 

A 14-year-old Anacortes girl suffered minor hand injuries as the result of being struck by a pickup driven by a 46-year-old Burlington man as she was crossing the street at the intersection of 22nd Street and M Avenue.  The pickup had been stopped at the intersection and it was reported that neither the driver nor the pedestrian saw the other.  A bus driver at the intersection said that the pedestrian had crossed in front of the bus and might not have been seen by the driver of the pickup when the pickup started through the intersection.    

A man who had recently moved to Ontario, Canada reported that he had discovered both license plates missing from his 2008 Honda.  The man said that the vehicle had been shipped from Washington and had been in transit for approximately three weeks.  The man had no idea when and where the plates had been removed.

An Anacortes resident reported that someone had struck her BMW car while she had been parked in a grocery store parking lot in the 900 block of 11th Street.  The vehicle had been dented and scraped on the left side.  The woman found an unsigned note on her car that said a black pickup had hit her car, but that the unknown witness was not able to get a license number. 

Officer responded to a medical facility in the 1200 block of 24th Street after it was reported that an out of control patient was assaulting staff members.  It was further reported that the patient was seven months pregnant, intoxicated, and was trying to leave the facility.  Officers arrived and found the medical staff trying to restrain the 24-year-old Oak Harbor woman.  The woman was cursing and being resistive.  Officers learned that prior to their arrival, the woman had tried to push her way out of an examination room and in the course of trying to leave had struck one nurse in the face and caused another nurse to suffer back pain as the result of struggling with the woman.  Officers assisted in restraining the woman who continued to be profane and threaten to assault the staff.  The assaulted staff members said that they did not want to pursue criminal charges against the woman but were asked to re-contact the police if they changed their minds.              

November 13

A resident of the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue reported that he had been getting billed approximately $20 a month for over two years for a website subscription that he had not authorized.  The victim learned that the subscribers name was the son of an acquaintance who had been to the victim’s residence numerous times in 2006 when the son was employed by the victim.  The victim believed that sometime during one of those visits, the son obtained his debit card number and used it to set up the on-line account.  The matter is under continued investigation.

A 13-year-old boy was contacted at the Anacortes Middle School regarding him having an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court.  Juvenile Probation had requested that the boy be picked up, and he was booked into Juvenile Detention. 

November 14

An officer contacted a 19-year-old Anacortes man riding a bicycle in the 2900 block of I Avenue in the middle of the night.  It was learned that the man had five outstanding warrants for his arrest for previous crimes including hit and run, obstructing, and criminal solicitation.  The man was taken into custody on the warrants and the officer also smelled the odor of intoxicants on the man.  The man admitted to drinking “two beers” and provided a portable breath sample that confirmed he had been drinking.  The man was cited for underage drinking and booked into jail on the warrants.