Police Beat

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

A 40-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and charged with theft after stealing a gallon of milk from a convenience store on 12th Street early Sunday morning. The call initially came out as a welfare check as the store manager called for a check on an intoxicated male loitering in and around the store. Dispatch then provided an update that the man had stolen a $3 gallon of milk before walking away on 12th Street. Officers contacted the man a short distance away and he was arrested and banned from the store, then given a ride home.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol observed a 25-year-old Friday Harbor man, known to have a Department of Corrections warrant, near a business on the 2700 block of Commercial Avenue. The man rode his bike out of the area and was not immediately located. At that time of night in Anacortes, there is very little foot and vehicle traffic on a Tuesday, so the Sergeant acted on a hunch that the subject may be riding in one of the few vehicles on the road, a taxi, which she saw driving southbound on Commercial near the area the subject was last seen. The Sergeant followed the taxi and contacted the man at the residence where he was dropped off. He was arrested without incident and a search of his person and the backpack he was wearing revealed several drug paraphernalia items such as needles, spoons, cotton balls, and plastic wrap. He was transported to APD and custody was transferred to DOC Officers who took him on his warrants. He was cited by the APD Sergeant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Just before 3AM on Tuesday morning, an APD Officer stopped to speak with two occupants in a white van sitting idle at the intersection of 16th Street and M Avenue. The officer ran a routine check on the vehicle registration to find out the name of the registered owner. When asked if he was the registered owner, the driver told the officer that he was and that he was just letting his van warm up before heading out of town. The officer asked him to move along and not block traffic, then returned to his patrol car. A moment later, a records check on the registered owner returned with a suspended driver’s license, so the officer caught up with the van at 18th and Commercial and pulled it over, informing the driver of the reason for the stop. The driver stated that he was not aware that his license was suspended but complied when told he was under arrest for driving with license suspended. The officer was processing the citation when he noticed a discrepancy in the physical description of the person he had in custody and the registered owner of the van. When confronted on the discrepancy, the male arrestee, later determined to be a 36-year-old from Bellingham, could not provide an accurate explanation or personal identifying information that matched the registered owner. The officer interviewed the female passenger in the van and she provided a first name which lead to the positive identification of the male in custody who was cited for driving with license suspended and identity theft. The officer also discovered that the 22-year-old woman in the car had a misdemeanor warrant for shoplifting and a felony assault warrant. She was booked in the county jail on her warrants and the male driver was released on scene.

Early Tuesday afternoon, an APD Officer on patrol recognized a 50-year-old man known to him driving on 23rd Street. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended since June 2017. The driver got out of his car and was walking away when the officer stopped to contact him. The man was arrested and cited for driving with license suspended before he was released at the scene.

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor driver was given an infraction for following too close on Tuesday afternoon for his involvement in a two-car accident on SR 20 and Christianson Road. The teen was driving his older model Civic westbound on SR 20 approaching Christianson Road when he looked briefly in his rear-view mirror and did not initially see vehicles stopping abruptly at the intersection. His car rear-ended the hatch back in front of him, causing reportable damage to both vehicles

An APD Officer on patrol in the 1900 block of Q Avenue observed an older model Chevy pickup driving 11mph over the posted 25mph speed limit so he pulled it over. The 38-year-old Anacortes driver admitted that she did not have a valid driver’s license, and a routine check confirmed that statement. She was taken into custody and cited on scene for driving with license suspended, then released with a copy of her citation and an infraction for speeding.

A non-injury motor vehicle accident occurred at Q Avenue and 20th Street late Tuesday afternoon. The accident was caused by a 58-year old Blaine driver who failed to yield for an oncoming Honda sedan and struck the car as it passed him on Q Avenue. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage but were able to be driven from the scene.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Just before 7:30 on Wednesday morning, an APD Corporal went to Molly Lane to investigate a vehicle battery theft case. Two truck batteries worth $400 each were stolen from a truck parked at a business in sometime overnight. There were no other vehicle prowl reports in the area that evening and there are currently no suspects.

A local resident called police on Wednesday to report that they had received what they thought might be a fraud. The caller told the victim that their computer had a virus and tried to sell them a virus protection program. The victim hung up the phone and called the police without providing any financial information.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

An APD Sergeant responded to 32nd and D Avenue  to investigate a possible injury accident involving a sedan and a minivan. The driver of the sedan, a 16-year-old from Anacortes, stopped at the stop sign, then drove northbound into the intersection in an attempt to cross 32nd Street and struck the side of the minivan. The driver of the minivan was evaluated by medics for possible injuries and the van was towed from the scene. The teen driver was given an infraction for failure to yield right of way. 

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.

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