Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer stopped a driver who only wanted to give his first name. The man had eight arrest warrants.

On Sunday, August 30, an APD Officer responded to the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Morton Avenue because someone observed an older model sedan that they may have been involved in an accident parked at the intersection. The responding officer spoke with a man by the car who provided his first name, but not his last. A little investigative work revealed a possible explanation for the man’s hesitation to reveal his identity to the officer—he had eight arrest warrants. The jail said they would accept the man on his warrants so he was taken into custody without incident and booked on the warrants.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

At midnight on the 29th, an APD Officer was on patrol on South Marche’s Point Road traveling westbound. The officer noticed a vehicle catching up to him quickly, so he pulled over and allowed the late model SUV speed past him at 42 miles per hour in the 25 mile per hour zone and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. The 33-year-old Anacortes driver told the officer that he was driving home. A routine check of his driving status revealed that he had no operator’s license, so he was ticketed. A backseat passenger seemed to be working hard to conceal his identity from officers, but was later determined to be a 34-year-old Everson man who had a Burlington Municipal Court warrant for hit-and-run and driving while license suspended. The man was arrested on his warrant, but the jail would not accept him, so he was booked and released at the scene. A licensed driver then drove the SUV from the area of the traffic stop.

A 7th Street resident requested extra police patrols because someone opened her exterior shed door and gate sometime during the night on the 28th. Nothing was missing or damaged and there are no suspects.

A 43-year-old Anacortes man was arrested mid-afternoon on the 29th. A patrol officer recognized the man riding his bike on M Avenue and ran a routine check, then determined that the man had a Department of Corrections warrant, so he contacted him and took him into custody on the warrant. The jail would not accept him on the warrant, so he was released at the scene and advised to check with the Department of Corrections at the soonest available time.

An APD Officer was on patrol on SR 20 near the intersection of R Avenue just before 8PM on the 29th when he observed a van that returned to an owner who had several misdemeanor warrants and a suspended driver’s license. The 45-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver acknowledged that he had warrants and a suspended license. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the outside of the van and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. The driver would not consent to the search of the van, so it was impounded and a search warrant was later granted to search the vehicle. The driver was placed in custody on scene for driving while license suspended and his warrants, however, the jail would not take him, so he was released on scene. Officers later searched the van and discovered drug paraphernalia and two baggies containing methamphetamine. The driver now faces felony drug charges in addition to his driving citation.

Just after 8PM on the 29th, an APD Officer made a traffic stop on an older model SUV for running a stop sign at Anaco Beach Road and Bryce Drive. The 71-year-old driver was able to provide some of the necessary paperwork required for his vehicle, however, he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech so the officer inquired more about possible alcohol consumption. After poor performance on roadside tests, the driver was taken into custody for DUI. A breath sample at the police station showed a result of approximately twice the limit to legally drive a car. The man was later released to a sober friend.   

Chips, beer, and whiskey were the items of choice for a 22-year-old Mount Vernon theft suspect. A grocery store employee made APD Officers aware of the theft on the evening of the 29th and a quick search of the area resulted in the man’s arrest. The suspect had a whiskey bottle in his back pocket, but was adamant that he found it in a nearby parking lot. A routine check of the man’s history also revealed a Department of Corrections warrant. He was later booked in jail on his warrant and faces new charges of theft and burglary since he was trespassed from the store earlier in the summer.

Monday, August 31, 2020

A 31-year-old Eastsound woman was arrested for driving while license suspended just after 1AM on the 31st after an officer observed her driving on Commercial Avenue without her headlights on. The woman was cooperative during the traffic stop, and before the officer cleared the stop, a friend of the driver’s arrived to pick her up from the scene after she was cited and released.

Just before 4AM on the 31st, an APD Officer responded to a vehicle prowl incident on the 2600 block of Q Avenue. The victims called police after noticing a person walk through their side yard and a motion light activation a few minutes prior. The victims initially thought the noise was caused by raccoons, however, they later noticed that tools and vehicle paperwork were missing from two of their cars. There was also damage to the steering column and glove box on one of the vehicles. The items initially thought to be missing were recovered from the scene during the course of the investigation, however, damage to the vehicle will cost the victim approximately $500 to fix. Officers were unable to locate the suspect that morning.

An APD Officer took a mail theft report from a Bane Place resident on the 31st. According to the reporting party, medication was taken from her mailbox mid-morning on the 29th. There are no suspects.

A local 31-year-old man was arrested for driving while license suspended just before midnight on the 31st. The man was driving a car without a working headlight which is why the officer contacted him initially. A routine check of his driving status revealed that his license was suspended and the car he was driving had a suspended registration. The driver was cited, then released at the scene.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

At 4:20AM on the 1st, an APD Officer pulled over an older model minivan because it was going too fast on SR 20. A driver’s return on the 35-year-old Mount Vernon driver revealed that he was required to have an ignition interlock on his vehicle, but none was present on this car and the driver said there was one on his other car. He was taken into custody and cited for operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock before he was released on scene, agreeing that the responsibility of driving the van would be turned over to a licensed family member. 

A 12th Street resident called police on the afternoon of the 1st because she left her home for a few hours to run errands and when she returned, there was damage near the entrance to her home so she thought someone may have attempted to get in. Further inspection revealed that the damage was likely a result of an animal trying to enter or exit the house and she was encouraged to contact pest control to rectify the situation.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A local 34-year-old man stole $129 worth of alcohol and over the counter medication from a local grocer just after 8AM on Wednesday. Officers contacted the man who was initially thought to have stolen a single bottle of alcohol, but further investigation revealed that he had two additional bottles as well as cold medicine. In addition to a theft charge and a one-year ban from the store, the man also faces a possession of drug paraphernalia charge for a pen and syringe with drug residue found on him at the time of arrest.

Mid-day on the 2nd, APD Officers responded to a mail theft complaint that just occurred on the 3400 block of Commercial Avenue. The reporting party provided a good description of the male involved and officers contacted a 36-year-old matching the description and the man happened to have mail in his hands that did not belong to him. He was arrested for theft and a search incident to arrest yielded a small container with suspected heroin, though he initially stated that the heroin did not belong to him. The man’s backpack was also searched and pills considered to be controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were discovered. The man was booked in jail and faces felony drug charges in addition to charges for third degree theft.