Police Beat

The manager of a business in the 300 block of 34th Street reported that someone had stolen two fuel cards out of trucks owned by businesses that had vehicles that were parked overnight on the property.

The manager of a business in the 300 block of 34th Street reported that someone had stolen two fuel cards out of trucks owned by businesses that had vehicles that were parked overnight on the property. The cards had then been used to illegally purchase over $6,000 worth of diesel at locations in Burlington, Arlington, and Granite Falls. The cards have since been cancelled and detectives in the various jurisdictions are coordinating their efforts in the investigation.

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

Dec. 12

A resident of the 1500 block of 15th Street reported that her male cat had been shot twice with what appeared to be a pellet gun.  The woman said that she had returned home to find her cat bleeding, and upon closer inspection she discovered two wounds to its body.  One of the shots passed through the cat’s lung and it is being treated by a local vet.  The woman said that she was not aware of any disgruntled neighbors who would harm her cat. 

A resident of the 3600 block of M Avenue reported that someone had slashed the fabric on two inflatable Christmas displays in his yard.  The damage was estimated at $135.  Police searched the area but could not locate any possible grinches. 

Dec. 13

Police contacted a 43-year-old transient male after it was reported that he was pounding on the doors of trailers in the 6000 block of Sands Way.  The man was soaking wet and appeared to be highly intoxicated.  The man was unable to provide anything but nonsensical answers to questions, including saying “100 percent” when asked why he was pounding on doors.  It was confirmed that the man did not live in the area.  Due to his condition, the man agreed to be transported to the hospital for treatment for extreme intoxication (over five times the legal limit.) 

An officer stopped a pickup driven by a 65-year-old Anacortes man for speeding and swerving over the center line on 12th Street.  The driver smelled strongly of intoxicants and admitted to drinking some wine.  The driver agreed to perform some field sobriety tests on which he performed poorly.  The man was arrested for drunk driving and taken to the police station where he refused to take the breath test.  He was issued a citation for DUI and released to a sober relative. 

Anacortes Police officers assisted the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office in investigating an accident outside of the City on Havekost Road where a car had slid off the road into a ditch.  The driver was identified as a 45-year-old Bellingham man and he was not injured, but he did appear to be intoxicated.  The man was uncooperative and subsequently placed under arrest for drunk driving.  Witnesses told officers that the man was traveling too fast for the icy conditions, had lost control of his car, and ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the road.  The man was taken to the Anacortes Police station where a Sheriff’s deputy processed him for drunk driving.  The man was then booked into jail. 

Dec. 14

It was believed that a burglar entered an apartment in the 900 block of 23rd Street through an unlocked sliding door during the night while the tenant and her two children were in bed.  The resident awoke in the morning and discovered her purse, wallet, identification, credit cards, and a small amount of cash were missing from the kitchen.  Later, the victim’s neighbor told police that she had seen a suspicious man dressed in black walking around in the apartment complex courtyard around 3:00 AM.  The identity of the man is unknown at this time. 

Dec. 15

Officers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance in a room at a motel in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue.  Officers spoke with a woman and her boyfriend and learned that they had been arguing, but that no physical violence had occurred.  The couple was provided with information about domestic violence resources. 

Dec. 16

Officers responded to the report of a fight at a house in the 4000 block of I Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers could hear two men yelling inside of the house and what sounded like things being thrown around inside.  A woman answered the door and informed officers there had been a fight between two men and that one of them had run out the back of the house.  Officers then attempted to speak with a 24-year-old man in the house who had a bloody nose and lip.  The man refused to tell officers what had occurred or identify himself, and he spewed numerous obscenities at the officers.  As the man was obviously intoxicated and becoming more aggressive, the officers attempted to handcuff him for safety reasons.  The man then wrestled with officers to resist being handcuffed and he attempted to knee one of the officers.  The man then went limp and had to be carried out of the house.  The man then became combative again and was eventually booked into jail on obstructing and resisting arrest charges. 

A resident of the 1300 block of 17th Street reported that he had discovered the rear window to his Mercury station wagon had been broken sometime during the night.  It was unknown who or what caused the damage. 

Officers contacted a 16-year-old boy at the emergency room after it was reported that he had been hit in the wrist with a baseball bat at his residence in the 4700 block of Devonshire Drive.  The boy was reluctant to speak with the police, but he eventually claimed that two males in their late teens he was acquainted with entered the house through an unlocked front door.  The boy said that he left his bedroom upon hearing the men and saw them standing in the hallway.  The boy said that one of the men then swung a baseball bat at him.  The boy said that he raised him arm in defense at which time his wrist was struck.  The boy said that he ran out of the house, but then returned and yelled at the men to get out.  The men reportedly then left in a small pickup, but the boy discovered they had dumped out all of his bedroom drawers.  The boy was reluctant to say why the men would assault him or rummage his bedroom, but he said they possibly believed that some of his friends might have stolen something from the men and that the boy was also involved.  The boy was not seriously injured and both he and his mother did not want to pursue criminal charges against the men.              

Officers were dispatched to a house in the 1600 block of 36th Street regarding the report of a woman who had driven a van to the house and was outside screaming at the people who lived there.  Officers noted that the woman’s van had slid off of the road and up onto the curb.  The driver was identified as a 37-year-old Anacortes woman and she demanded that everyone in the house be arrested because they were “liars.”  The woman appeared to be intoxicated and she continued to be loud and profane and scream obscenities at the people in the house.  The woman said that she had driven to the house to confront another woman about interfering in a relationship and slid the van on the ice and got stuck.  Since the woman continued to scream profanities and threaten the people at the house (and refuse to calm down) she was arrested for disorderly conduct and investigation of drunk driving.  Officers located some marijuana inside of the woman’s van and some plastic wrap containing white powder in the woman’s pocket.  When asked, the woman said the powder was “cocaine” and that she had bought it earlier but had not yet had time to use it.  The woman was processed for drunk driving and provided breath samples that were one and a half times the legal limit.  The woman was then booked into jail on pending drug charges.    

Dec. 17

An Anacortes man reported that he had forgotten his backpack inside an acquaintance’s car who had given him a ride from a downtown bar.  The backpack contained the man’s checkbook, ATM card, and a laptop computer.  The car was also occupied by passengers that the man did not know.  The man figured that the acquaintance would return the backpack, but he later learned that someone had used his ATM card numerous times to fraudulently withdraw $2,000 from his bank account.  The matter is under investigation. 

An officer stopped a car near 27th Street and Q Avenue after he recognized a passenger as being a 22-year-old Anacortes woman with confirmed warrants for her arrest including one which had a seven-day jail commit.  The male driver was identified as a 39-year-old Anacortes man who also had a confirmed felony warrant for his arrest.  Both subjects were placed under arrest and booked into the county jail. 

Someone broke a basement level window on a church in the 2700 block of J Avenue to gain entry into the building.  A church member had discovered that an interior door had been forced open, and when officers searched the building they discovered the broken window.  Several bins full of toys had been dumped over in the room with the damaged door.  A closet containing choir robes was also rummaged through.  Church members were going to check to determine if anything had actually been stolen.

An employee of a business in the 300 block of Commercial Avenue reported that someone had used a “no parking” sign mounted in a five gallon bucket of cement to break the front window of a truck owned by the business.  The truck had been parked in a parking lot for the business in front of their building.  The damage estimate for the window is unknown at this time. 

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