Police Beat

It’s something that seems to be happening with increasing regularity: political signs going missing off lawns. But, here's a case where the theif got caught.

On the afternoon of Sept. 7th, an APD Officer investigated a political sign theft from a home on Oakes Avenue. The reporting party provided suspect vehicle and license plate information and an officer pulled the car over on Commercial Avenue just after 2PM. As the investigating officer approached the car, he noticed a sign matching the description of the stolen sign on the passenger’s seat of the car and the suspect, a 27-year-old woman from Seattle, admitted that she took the sign and would have taken more, but they were secured to the ground. She was taken into custody and later released after officers took custody of the stolen sign and returned it to its rightful owner. The suspect faces a possible misdemeanor charge for removing or defacing political advertising.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

A 38-year-old Tacoma man was arrested on a felony Skagit County Superior Court warrant early evening on the 6th. APD Officers were in the area of the skate park investigating a suspicious activity report when they made contact with the man. Investigation revealed that the Tacoma man had a felony warrant and he was later arrested without incident and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrant. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

A 34-year-old Anacortes man was banned from a local grocery store on September 2nd after stealing alcohol from the store. The man returned on the morning of the 7th and left without paying for the 22-ounce beer in his hand. Officers contacted the man nearby and found the stolen beer as well as drug paraphernalia when they searched him incident to arrest. Because the man had been previously banned from the store, he was charged with burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia for items found during the search. He was then booked in jail on his charges.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Just after 9AM on the 8th, APD Officers were dispatched to a possible fight in progress at a local hotel. The first officer on scene informed other responding officers that one of the people involved just left the scene in her vehicle, so officers pulled the car over to speak with her. The involved male was also interviewed and it was determined that the altercation was verbal only and no crime was committed.

A local couple contacted an APD Sergeant to report a fraud attempt reference an attempted online vehicle sale. The reporting party stated that within hours of posting the vehicle online, they received an email stating that the person was interested in buying the car, stating that they would overnight a check to pay for it. The next day, a check for approximately three times the amount of the agreed upon sale price was sent and the vehicle sellers brought the check to their bank to verify fund availability. When the bank determined that funds were not available with the corresponding account, the couple did not attempt to cash it and reported the incident to police. They were told that this was a common scam attempt whereby the fraudster sent moneys for more than the amount request and asked for the amount in excess in return via a money transfer. Thankfully, the party did not lose any money and they were informed that they could destroy the check and report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Anacortes Police Officers investigated a suspicious person complaint in the area of 41st and H Avenue on the evening of the 8th. The person described was a male without a shirt who was walking in and out of traffic. Additionally, someone thought the man may have a knife on him. Officers contacted a local 59-year-old man matching the description provided at 41st and M Avenue. The man was told to place the bag he had in his hands on the ground, as well as the wallet in his other hand, and placed in handcuffs for safety purposes.  A small baggie with suspected methamphetamine was discovered in the man’s wallet and he was arrested and booked in jail for felony drug possession. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Just after 9AM on Wednesday, September 9th, an APD Officer spoke with a 50-year-old Anacortes driver who had just run over some mailboxes on 29th Street and hurried from the area after telling the victim that he had to leave because he was late for a medical appointment. Officers spoke with the man at a medical clinic nearby and determined that the driver had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for a trip permit violation out of the Burlington Municipal Court. The driver said he swerved to miss a dog which is why he hit the mailboxes. He was booked and released on his warrant and given a citation for driving while license suspended and a ticket for wheels off roadway before he was released.

A 20-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for failure to yield for his involvement in a car versus bicyclist incident that occurred about noon on Wednesday at 21st and R Avenue. The bicyclist was attempting to cross the intersection in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by the sedan. There were no apparent injuries.

There is a city ordinance barring roosters from within city limits. On Wednesday afternoon, someone contacted the Animal Control Officer to make her aware of a noisy cockerel on Coralroot Place. The rooster owner was given one week to find the bird a new home outside of city limits.

Someone saw a sedan driving erratically near 32nd and D Avenue just after 3PM on Wednesday, so they called the police. An officer pulled in behind the sedan as it drove towards Commercial Avenue and contacted the driver, a 71-year-old La Conner man, to discuss his driving. When asked if he had been drinking, the man admitted that he had consumed a couple “slurps” of hard alcohol. The driver showed poor balance during roadside sobriety tests and had a difficult following some of the simple instructions provided during the testing process. The man provided a voluntary breath sample that showed a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit to safely drive his car. He was taken into custody for DUI, transported to APD for processing, and later released to a sober adult.

A pickup owner called police on Wednesday evening to report that sometime since the day prior, the passenger’s side window on the vehicle was broken, though she could not determine if anyone went into the vehicle and/or stole anything. There are no suspects.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

A local woman called police on Thursday to report that she recently received a denial letter from a Department of Labor office in a Midwest state she never lived in. The woman was successful in reporting the issue to the federal government. She was also encouraged to monitor her credit and financial accounts for signs of fraudulent activity.

Friday, September 11, 2020

A Scotty brand downrigger, model 1106, was forcibly removed and stolen from a boat parked in a driveway on West 4th Street sometime during the week of the 7th. The suspect or suspects damaged the electrical cord connecting the equipment to the boat in the process of stealing the equipment.

On Friday, an APD Officer investigated a fraud complaint received from a local convenience store employee. The employee told police that she received a call from someone claiming to be from corporate headquarters. The fraudster convinced the employee to do a reboot of the store’s computer system and activate three gift cards to “test” the system. After the call, the employee hung up and attempted to call the number back, but no one answered. After realizing that the call was likely a scam attempt, the employee called the gift card company to cancel the cards so no one could use them. She then called police to file a report.