Police Beat

Some excitement at the Cranberry Lake parking lot after a motorist struck first backed into another vehicle, then his vehicle drifted into a second vehicle.

APD Officers responded to a crowded Cranberry Lake parking lot just after 5PM on Monday to report a motor vehicle accident that was reported to them. Initial information revealed that a blue SUV struck two vehicles and the driver was acting strange. Officers quickly located the SUV and spoke with the driver, a local 31-year-old male. The man said he didn’t check his mirrors and backed into a pickup behind him. When he got out of the vehicle to assess the damage, his vehicle drifted forward and struck another SUV. No one was injured, but officers noticed slurred speech from the driver and asked if he drank any alcohol that day. The man admitted he had been drinking earlier and performed some field tests, included a breath sample yielding over the legal limit to operate a vehicle. He was arrested for DUI and later released to a family member.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A local whale watching business contacted police on the 25th to report that some time the night prior, a 50-person portable life raft was deployed. The business is not sure who is responsible for inflating their raft, but plan to reach out to the manufacturer to determine if it can be returned to its portable state.

A local marine supply store contacted police just after lunch time on the 25th to request a customer removal and one-year ban. Investigation revealed that the patron, a local 41-year-old man, was not content with the color of the paint he just purchased and became confrontational when told the store cannot put opened paint cans in the paint mixer. The responding officer was given a license plate number, so he went to the person’s home and served the trespass notice.

Just before 10PM on the 25th, an APD Officer on patrol in the area of R Avenue and 30th Street observed a man carrying a large construction equipment item down the street. After noticing a dormant construction site nearby and noticing that no other workers were present, the officer contacted the man to determine what was going on. The man told the officer that he used his blow torch (the item the officer saw him with) to heat up a pile of asphalt from the construction site to fix a pot hole on the street in front of his driveway. The man acknowledged that he did not have permission from the City of Anacortes to do the work.   

Sunday, July 26, 2020

A local hotel manager called police on the afternoon of the 26th to ask for help with a woman who was complaining about room prices and asking other patrons to pay for her room. Officers responded and asked the woman to leave the property, then served her with a one-year trespass form at the manager’s request.

Just after 4PM on the 26th, an APD Officer pulled an SUV over on the 1000 block of 26th Street after noticing that the driver, later determined to be a 23-year-old from Lynden, was distracted by her cellphone. A routine check of the woman’s driving status revealed that it was suspended, so she was taken into custody and later released with a copy of her citation.

A 4th Street resident called police after hearing a loud explosion in the area early Sunday evening. The noise was later determined to be an electrical transformed that sparked and boomed.

Five vehicles at a local car dealership were prowled over the weekend. Some of the vehicles sustained minor interior damage and an in-dash stereo system was removed from one of them. Investigation continues.

Monday, July 27, 2020

A local pizzeria representative contacted police on Monday morning to report drug paraphernalia on their property. The responding officer disposed of the items, but could not determine who left it there.

An unlocked van parked on the 500 block of K Avenue was entered sometime over the weekend and a few hundred dollars’ worth of tools and personal items were stolen. The owner said he leaves the vehicle unlocked because he gets tired of perpetrators breaking the windows to get in. Investigation continues.

A large window was broken at a business on the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue late Monday night. Officers responded to the business after an alarm trip, but were unable to locate the suspect who, according to video surveillance, used a large rock to shatter the window. APD is still investigating the incident in an attempt to identify the suspect who appears to be a male that was wearing a navy blue and teal jacket with a horizontal white stripe across the torso at the time of the incident.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

An APD Officer on patrol on V Avenue observed an older model sedan with no noticeable license plates, so he pulled the car over on the 4000 block of Whistle Lake Road. The 42-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver told the officer that he just purchased the car and did not know that it was not plated. A routine license check also revealed that the man did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance on the car. Narcotics K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the car and gave a response consistent with drugs in the car. The car was towed from the scene to be searched and the man was taken into custody on scene for driving while license suspended. He was later released from the scene. After officers obtained a search warrant, they went through the car and discovered a small amount of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia items. The driver now faces felony drug charges in addition to his driving citation.

A Terrace Drive resident called police on the 28th to report that sometime on Friday night, a flag pole was forcibly removed from the side of his house, causing damage to the siding. There are no suspects.

A Kingsway resident called police on the afternoon of the 28th to report that someone recently stole a political campaign sign from her front yard.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Just after 2AM, an APD Officer on the graveyard shift contacted a local 65-year-old man known to police who was asleep in his car parked along Stevenson Road. A routine check of the man revealed that he had a DUI warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody on the warrant and booked in jail without incident.

On the afternoon of the 29th, an APD Corporal took a found package report from a resident of 33rd Street. The woman called 911 after finding a package in the ditch that she thought may contain stolen mail. Several Anacortes residents were later contacted and their mail and contents were returned to them. It is unknown how the package ended up at that location.

A 19-year-old man from Anacortes who is known to police was taken into custody and booked in jail on a Skagit County Superior Court warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm, burglary, and malicious mischief. Officers contacted the man after a 39th Street resident called to report what they thought was someone breaking items in the neighborhood. Responding officers found two men they thought may be associated with the activity and both of them initially ran from the area and were later contacted in the 3400 block of K Avenue. An officer recognized both men and ran them through dispatch which is when he discovered that both men had warrants for their arrest, so they were detained on their respective warrants. One man was later released from custody after the Department of Corrections told APD that they would not be booking on their warrant.

On the evening of the 29th, APD Officers were made aware of a 14-year-old juvenile male with an arrest warrant who they were told was staying at a local motel. Officers confirmed the felony warrant on the juvenile and took him into custody without incident. He was later booked in the juvenile detention center on the warrant.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Just before midnight on the 30th, APD Officers responded to State Route 20 per the report of a car driving westbound in the eastbound lanes near the intersection of Reservation Road. At least two people called 911 to report the incident and later told police that they had to swerve to the shoulder of the highway to avoid a head-on collision with the oncoming car. Officers made contact with the 37-year-old driver soon after he pulled into a parking spot at a local convenience store. The driver, known to police, eventually acknowledged that it was his vehicle that was driving the wrong way on the highway. Investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and he performed poorly on roadside sobriety tests. He was ultimately booked in jail on charges of DUI, driving while license suspended, reckless endangerment, and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock as required.