Police Beat

An Anacortes man was jailed after stealing a six-pack of beer from a grocery store after he had banned from entering the story after a similar incident.

The 34-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an investigative hold for burglary and theft late in the day on the 19th. Police contacted the man based on a description provided by a local grocer who reported that the man walked into the store, grabbed a 6-pack of beer, then walked out without attempting to pay for the item. The suspect was banned from the store in early September for a similar issue.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Early afternoon on the 19th, a boat owner called police to report that his ten-foot dinghy with a small Suzuki outboard motor was stolen from the marina on Q Avenue. A relative of the boat owner secured the boat at the dock earlier in the week and when the owner returned, the $3,000 boat was gone. There are no suspects in the theft at this time.

An APD Officer on patrol ran the plates of a vehicle he viewed while driving in the area of Field Avenue. The plates were expired as of March 2020 and the vehicle title had not been transferred, so he stopped to speak with the driver and occupants who were now stopped and out of the car. The 32-year-old man who was driving the car did not have a license and he had a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody without incident and later booked in jail. A 56-year-old male was also in the car but he was hesitant to provide his name. Officers later discovered one reason why the man may want to remain anonymous—he had four arrest warrants. He was taken into custody without incident, transported to APD, and later released with a new court date. An additional passenger was determined to have a suspended license, so she was left with the vehicle on scene and informed officers that she would contact a licensed driver.

APD responded to a local gas station on the afternoon of the 19th to speak with a 64-year-old man who was unruly with staff after they wouldn’t refund his money for the air compressor machine that took a few of his coins. The man was banned from the business at the store representative’s request.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

A 24-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and charged with public indecency at 9AM on the 20th after a passerby called 911 for police assistance. Per the reporting party, the suspect was urinating on a building near the intersection of 11th and Commercial. 

A K Avenue resident called police on the 20th to report that someone had recently stolen decals from her vintage pickup. There are currently no suspects in this case.

Monday, September 21, 2020

A $600 saw was stolen from a construction site on 30th Street sometime during the night of the 20th. The saw was placed behind a locked door that night and when workers arrived early the following morning, the saw was gone.

A local landscaping company called police on the 21st to report the theft of several thousand dollars’ worth of power equipment that was stolen from a locked building owned by the business.

Sometime between 6PM on the 20th and 1PM on the 21st, an older model Honda Civic was stolen from I Avenue. At 4PM that day, APD Officers responded to an abandoned vehicle call on Longview Avenue. Per the reporting party, the car was parked outside at approximately 7:30 that morning and a male left the car there, walking southbound. Police determined that the car was reported stolen earlier in the afternoon and it was returned to its owner. The male suspect has not been identified.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Just before 11AM on the 22nd, an APD Officer responded to Christianson Road and SR 20 because there was a reported two-car collision at that intersection. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage after a late model SUV rear ended a newer model sedan stopped at a stop light at the intersection. The 35-year-old woman driving the SUV was arrested for DUI and given a ticket for following too close. The investigating officer went to speak with the victim driver and when he returned to speak with the at-fault driver, she was asleep at the wheel. The driver admitted that she consumed three alcoholic beverages at home earlier in the day and had a very difficult time maintaining her balance when walking. In plain view in the woman’s car was a bottle of vodka, but the driver did not say whether she had consumed any of it. The SUV driver was transported to APD for DUI processing where she provided a breath sample of well over three times the legal amount to safely operate a motor vehicle. A routine check revealed that the woman had a DUI in 2016, so she was booked in the county jail for DUI.   

Thursday, September 24, 2020

A 47-year-old Anacortes woman was booked in jail early morning on the 25th on a domestic violence assault charge. The woman was involved in a verbal argument with her sister that escalated throughout the evening and turned physical shortly before police were called. The sister who was struck said her intoxicated sister pushed her to the ground and struck her in the face multiple times with a cat toy.

Friday, September 25, 2020

On Friday morning, an APD Officer took a report from a woman whose van was broken into overnight. The victim told police that the steering column was torn apart in what appeared to be an attempt to hot wire the car and drive it away. Investigation continues.

A resident from the 3100 block of H Avenue reported hearing what she thought sounded like gunshots in the area. Officers thoroughly checked the area, but were unable to discover anything of note.

An APD Officer was parked in the middle school parking lot on M Avenue on Friday afternoon when he observed an older model sedan make an incomplete stop at the intersection of 22nd and M. The officer pulled in behind the car to speak with the driver about her driving behavior and asked the 34-year-old Mount Vernon woman for her license. The driver said she did not have a license and it was later determined that her license was suspended. She was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. Narcotics K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the outside of the car and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. The woman gave officers permission to search the car on scene. During the search, officers found various drug paraphernalia items, including a syringe and spoons with brown drug residue. The driver was later released at the scene with a copy of her driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia citations.