Police Beat

Leading off this week's edition of the Anacortes Police Blotter: Shots fired, but not shots fired. Read on...

An APD Sergeant spoke with several people in the area of the 3000 block of Commercial Avenue after police were called to investigate someone who was possibly shooting a gun on Saturday, July 11. After speaking with multiple witnesses in the area, it was determined that the noise was likely from fireworks deployed by a young male who had since left the area on foot.

Friday, July 10, 2020

On the morning of the 10th, the apartment manager at 1110 27th Court called police to report a vehicle verses pole collision that occurred the day prior. Investigation revealed that there was superficial damage to a utility pole and considerable damage to an adjacent 4x4 support pole. The facility did not wish to pursue charges against the at-fault driver, but wanted them counseled on their driving habits. The officer reached the at-fault driver by phone and discussed the matter. The driver agreed to contact the apartment with an apology. No further police action taken.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

An APD Sergeant responded to the 100 block of O Avenue early morning on the 11th to investigate a noise complaint. The Sergeant located some people at their workplace with loud music playing. They were advised of the complaint and turned the music to an acceptable level.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

A black Raleigh brand mountain bike with teal rims was stolen from the 1100 block of 9th Street on the 12th sometime between 8 and 10PM. The bike’s retail value is over $1,000. Anyone with information on the theft of the bike is asked to call the non-emergency dispatch line to speak with an officer at (360) 428-3211, reference APD case number 20-A04391.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Just after midnight on the 13th, an anonymous individual called police to report possible underage drinking activity at the Cap Sante Lookout, an area that is closed after 10PM. The responding officer contacted several people in the area and many of them offered a breath sample showing that they had not consumed alcohol. They were all asked to leave. The officer further searched the area and discovered a sweatshirt and a beer. Since the items could not be paired with their rightful owners, they were put in the trash.

A late model sedan approached the intersection of State Route 20 and R Avenue at highway speeds coming into town and her passenger told her to take a quick right turn onto R Avenue. The vehicle was traveling too fast and slid across to the opposite lane of travel into the curb, causing damage to her 4-year-old sedan. No one was injured and due to light traffic in the early morning hours, no other people or vehicles were involved.

Midday on the 13th, an APD Officer investigated a non-injury car verses building incident on the 1700 block of Q Avenue. The officer facilitated an exchange of insurance information with business representatives. The 24-year-old male driver will also be given a ticket for no valid operator’s license.

A 33-year-old Anacortes woman was banned from a local rental facility as requested by a representative of the business. Police were called on the afternoon of the 13th when the woman became argumentative with staff over payment for the rental vehicle.

A blue women’s Trek mountain bike with a rusty chain and a flat tire was stolen from the 1500 block of O Avenue sometime overnight on the 12th. There are no suspects.

Early evening on the 13th, an APD Sergeant took a theft report from a boat owner who reported the theft of his 30hp Yamaha outboard motor. The motor was attached to his boat on South Marches Point Road at the time of the theft and the owner thinks the theft occurred sometime after 10PM the night prior. There are no suspects at this time.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A resident from the 1100 block of 10th Street called police on the afternoon of the 14th to report $80 worth of stolen items from their garage. The home owner also pointed out a partially locked window that someone may have attempted to enter without success.  

An APD Officer responded to a call of an unconscious woman lying on the ground at 12th Street and O Avenue. The officer and paramedics spoke with the woman who was determined to be in good health. The officer then gave the woman a ride to the state ferry terminal.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A 29-year-old Anacortes driver was arrested for driving while license suspended on the morning of the 15th. An APD Corporal spoke with the man after someone called police because the pickup associated with the 29-year-old was illegally parked. The Corporal identified the man and a routine check revealed that his license was suspended so he was arrested, cited, and released on scene.

A 19-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for following too close after the vehicle he was in collided with the rear end of a vehicle that was slowing for traffic on the 2000 block of Commercial. The at-fault driver said he started to apply his brakes, but his foot slipped off the pedal. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

A west side Anacortes resident called police on the 15th to report that a neighbor recently released multiple domestic rabbits and she was concerned that they would live up to their conventional reproductive habits and overpopulate the area. The reporting party was referred to the Animal Control Officer for follow up.

A local fisherman left several totes containing live crab tied to his boat overnight on the 14th and when someone went to check on them on the 15th, two of the totes were missing. There are no suspects at this time.

A convenience store staff member called police on the evening of the 15th to report that a woman attempted to steal two face masks from the store and fled on foot down Commercial Avenue. The suspect, a 29-year-old Anacortes woman, was taken into custody and searched. The search revealed a facemask still in its packaging and a used syringe with brown residue, possibly used to ingest illegal narcotics. The woman was released from custody after receiving a citation for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

APD Officers responded to the 1200 block of Q Avenue on the evening of the 16th because someone called police stating that there was a man there who appeared to be holding a needle in his hand. Officers contacted a 51-year-old Boise man who did not have any needles, but a routine check revealed that he had three arrest warrants out of the Skagit County District Court. He was taken into custody on the warrants and later released because the jail would not accept him on the warrants.

Thursday, July 17, 2020

APD Officers on patrol around dinnertime on the 17th were made aware of a late model sedan driving erratically into town from highway 20. An officer located what he thought was the vehicle traveling westbound on Oakes Avenue from D Avenue at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles on double yellow lines. The first officer on scene detained the driver as he pulled over on Ferry Terminal Road. The 36-year-old Tacoma driver had a faint odor of alcohol coming from his breath and a red stain on his light-colored shirt consistent with the open bottle of wine in the car. The driver was taken into custody for DUI and reckless driving and later gave a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a vehicle. He was later booked in jail on his charges.