Police Beat

It was the middle of the night on a Friday night...a police officer spotted two men carrying a tv... the officer had to investigate. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Just after 1AM on the 12th, an APD Officer responded to the 1100 block of 22nd Street per the report of two males walking down the street carrying a television. The officer contacted two teenage males who had a TV they said they got from a free pile nearby. There was a free sign by several items next to the Road on O Avenue, so the teens and their new-found treasure were given a courtesy ride home by the officer.

A 32-year-old Anacortes man was ticketed for no insurance after he backed his pickup into an unoccupied two-door car parked on 14th street. The coupe sustained considerable damage, but no one was injured.

A man who recently moved to town contacted an APD Officer on the afternoon of the 12th. The man told police that he received a phone call from a bank representative asking if he wanted to open a new account. The man hung up the phone without continuing the conversation, but was surprised when he received a letter from the bank at his new home in Anacortes congratulating him on opening a new account. The man said he contacted the bank to inform them of the error and will be monitoring his financial and credit accounts.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

A 34-year-old Auburn man faces possible drug charges after APD Officers contacted him slumped over the steering wheel of his sedan early morning on the 13th. Police were made aware of the car by a west Anacortes resident who noticed that car parked with its lights on for 30 minutes. Officers approached the car and noticed one person therein who was asleep with illicit narcotics on his lap. The man was cooperative with officers, and allowed them to search his car. The search revealed that there was drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine in the car. The man was released at the scene after he was informed to look for drug charges coming in the mail.

A resident of 12th Street contacted police on the 13th to report that someone threw eggs at a political sign in the front yard. The eggs also hit their car, but did not cause any damage. There are no suspects.

A local 31-year-old man will be receiving a citation via the mail after an APD Officer observed him driving a sedan a few blocks away from the police department. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle after noticing the man driving it illegally, but filled out the paperwork for driving while license suspended that was given to the court for mailing to the suspect.

APD Officers went to 41st Place on the evening of the 13th to arrest a 61-year-old man who was at the residence despite a court order between he and a protected person who lived there. The man initially claimed that he was not served the order, but later admitted that he knew the order was in place to keep him at least 500 feet away from the resident. He was booked in jail on the order violation charge.

Monday, September 14, 2020

A 24-year-old Burlington man was given a ticket for wheels off roadway on the morning of the 14th after someone called in because the SUV the man was driving went off the road and high-centered on trees and shrubs. The vehicle sustained reportable damage, but the driver, who said he fell asleep, was not injured.  

Sometime between 6PM on the 13th and 9AM on the 14th, eleven crab pots were stolen from a pickup parked on Stevenson Road. If you have information on this case, please contacted an APD Officer via the non-emergency dispatch line at (360) 428-3211 reference case number 20-A06094.

A local woman called police to report that financial cards belonging to the call receiver were discovered in an out of state crime scene. The caller tried to convince the woman that she needed to provide her personal information or her social security would be “shut off”. No personal information was given out by the woman.

A 20-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for assault on the afternoon of the 14th after someone called because they heard screaming in an apartment on 28th Street. The responding officers spoke with the male and his girlfriend about an argument they had that turned physical and he pushed her to the ground. Officers were also made aware of an out of state protection order between the two that named the girlfriend as the protected party. The man was later booked in jail on an investigative hold for violation of a protection order.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

An APD Officer ticketed a 30-year-old Eastsound woman for using her cellphone while driving at the conclusion of a motor vehicle accident investigation. The woman told police that she was looking at her phone for directions when she struck the vehicle stopped in front of her at the stop light at 22nd Street and Commercial Avenue. Medical personnel evaluated the 30-year-old on scene, but she was not transported to a medical facility.

A 34-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after loitering all day at a 12th Street business. A business representative requesting contact with the man called officers to the scene. Upon arrival, the first officer on scene noticed burnt aluminum foil consistent with drug use on the ground near the man. He was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was searched incident to arrest and in his right pocket, there was a small amount of a crystalline substance, presumably methamphetamine. The man was cited for drug and paraphernalia possession and released from the scene.

An uninsured motorist was given a ticket for not carrying insurance on his pickup after he backed into a small sedan in a grocery store parking lot on Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the sedan complained of some soreness after the collision.  

Thursday, September 17, 2020

On Thursday, APD received calls from residents who received spoofed calls from a City of Anacortes number, 360-293-1914. When the recipient picks up the phone, there was an automated message prompting the person to hit one to update their social security number. The good news is that the astute call recipients knew better than to provide further information. If you receive a call like this, please take the time to research the source of the request before providing further information. Most businesses, including the City of Anacortes, will not ask you for your social security number via an automated message. If you think the request is legitimate, hang up and call the company directly. As always, be very protective of your personal identifying information, and tell your friends if you have received fraud calls so they can avoid providing their information to someone who may not have their best interests in mind. 

A 37-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for driving on a suspended license and given a ticket for no insurance on Thursday afternoon. The driver stopped and aggressively approached an APD Officer at the intersection of Longview and Commercial Avenue, then got back into his vehicle and drove away after asking the officer why he was being followed. Officers contacted the man a short time later while he stood next to his vehicle and took him into custody for driving while license suspended. The driver stated that his license had been suspended for a very long time. He was later released from custody.  

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Animal Control Officer was dispatched to an aggressive dog complaint on 29th Street on Friday morning. A woman who lived there said a small, aggressive dog entered her home through the doggy door and was now in the house. The ACO reviewed similar recent animal complaints and was able to locate the dog’s owner and return it to him. The dog owner said he was outside with the dog and did not realize that he ran off.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,239 Skagit Cases (+2)
<70 Cases in ZIP 98221

104 Hospitalizations (+0)
23 Deaths (+0)

102,913 Cases Statewide (+649)
8,280 Hospitalizations (+22)

2,296 Deaths Statewide (+0)

Updated 5:00 pm October 25, 2020.

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