Police Beat

A one-car crash in Anacortes caused a widespread power outage this past week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A 33-year old Anacortes man sustained minor injuries when the SUV he was driving struck a power pole on the northeast corner of 31st Street and M Avenue early Monday morning. Police interviewed the driver on scene and he told them that he was looking down at his CD player when his vehicle went off the road and struck the pole. The collision caused a widespread power outage within the city. The driver was cited for negligent driving.

On Monday morning, an APD Officer took a vehicle prowl report from a resident who had his vehicle broken into sometime in the previous 3 days. According to the victim, his pickup was parked in the 1000 block of Q Avenue since Friday, March 10th, and approximately $500 worth of electronics and clothing were stolen from it. It is unknown whether the vehicle was locked or not at the time of the break-in.

A vehicle prowl occurred over the weekend at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Q Avenue. According to the report provided to police, a locked vehicle parked in the back lot was rifled through. The suspect stole keys, a flashlight, and a volt sensor.

On Monday afternoon, an APD Officer took a report of graffiti painted on structures around Little Cranberry Lake. The responding officer took photos of coarse words and symbols painted in blue and black paint. The Parks and Recreation Department was made aware of the graffiti and informed the officer that it would cost approximately $50 to remedy the situation.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A red Troybilt wood chipper with a vehicle tow bar kit was stolen from the driveway of a home on the 1100 block of 20th Street sometime between 7AM and 2PM on Monday. The chipper is valued at approximately $800. It is unknown who may have taken the chipper as no one had permission to borrow it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A 40-year old Oak Harbor woman was given a traffic infraction for failure to yield when entering SR 20 from Fidalgo Bay Road. The driver got onto SR 20 to go east and stopped momentarily, causing a 3-car chain reaction collision after the lead vehicle braked hard to avoid colliding with the Oak Harbor driver’s vehicle. All three vehicles involved in the collision sustained reportable damage and the driver of the sedan in the rear was transported by ambulance for minor injuries.

A package containing expensive medication was stolen from the porch of a Blakely Drive home on Tuesday morning sometime between approximately 11AM and 12PM. The victim was unable to provide suspect information. The responding Anacortes Police Corporal walked through the area to see if they package had been discarded in the area, but was unable to find anything of value.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a black sedan with a badly cracked windshield driving eastbound on the highway. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the 27-year old Anacortes driver. The woman apologized and stated that she had an invalid driver’s license and a warrant for her arrest. A routine driver’s check revealed that the woman’s license was suspended and she had five misdemeanor warrants. The officer was not able to book the woman because the jail was full. She was cited on scene for driving with license suspended and given a traffic infraction for failure to have insurance for her vehicle.

An Anacortes Police Corporal took a cold vehicle prowl at a residence in the 1600 block of 10th Street late Wednesday evening. The victims reported that their unlocked minivan was accessed sometime that day after 12PM and the perpetrator stole some medication, CD’s, and vehicle paperwork. There are no suspects.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Eight quarters, a black backpack, and two 3-ring binders were stolen from an unlocked SUV parked in the 1500 block of 10th Street. The prowl occurred sometime between 6PM on Wednesday and 7AM on Thursday.

A 15-year old juvenile male was arrested at his home late Thursday morning. The juvenile had two Skagit County Superior Court warrants for violating terms of a release order. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center.

On Thursday afternoon, an APD Sergeant took a fraud report from a woman who lived outside of Anacortes. The reporting party told the Sergeant that she recently received notification from an appliance store that her credit card had been charged for a $1,000 appliance that was scheduled to be delivered to an Anacortes address. The victim canceled the transaction and the Sergeant went to the Anacortes address to speak with residents living there. They denied any knowledge of the transaction. No other suspect information was provided. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

APD took a vehicle prowl report on Friday morning from a resident on 29th Street. The victim stated that his locked vehicle had been rifled through sometime overnight, but nothing appeared to be missing. The victim requested extra patrols of the 1000 block of 29th where the prowl occurred.

An Anacortes resident called police on Friday afternoon to report a fraudulent phone call from an IRS scammer. The call receiver told the officer that the caller had her name and contact information at the ready. She was told to contact the IRS via their website to report the fraud attempt.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.xs