Police Beat

This week’s Anacortes Police Blotter includes several reports of telephone fraud attempts.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

At 10AM on the 7th, APD Officers responded to 41st Place per the report of a domestic dispute between two adult roommates about smoking outside the home. Investigation revealed that the smoking dispute culminated in one of the roommates pouring water on the lit cigarette in the roommate’s hand. The woman then lit another cigarette and once again it was extinguished by a cup of water. The 44-year-old assailant was arrested and booked in the county jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

A West 2nd Street resident called police because she thought her locked mailbox was intentionally broken overnight. The responding officer noticed that the mailbox was tilted to the side, possibly as a result of a vehicle colliding with it. The victim was unsure if there were any contents removed from the box.

A local woman called police to report that she received a sweepstakes letter and a follow up phone call from someone claiming to represent the awarding organization. The caller wanted bank account information and a portion of the $25,000 prize money. The woman did not provide her account information or money to the scammer.

An Anacortes Police Sergeant was on patrol just after 6PM on the 7th in the 400 block of O Avenue. The Sergeant noticed a late model hatchback in front of him with its lights off even though it was dark outside, so he pulled the car over. The 72-year-old Anacortes driver was able to provide necessary documentation to drive her car, including a valid driver’s license. The car smelled of alcohol and the woman admitted she had been drinking that night, so the officer requested roadside sobriety tests and the woman complied. The woman performed many of the tests, but could not effectively perform one of them, so the tests were discontinued for her safety. Just after 6:30PM, the woman was taken into custody for DUI and later provided a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely drive her car. The woman was later released to a sober friend.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Just before 1AM on the 8th, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue near the police station observed a 23-year-old Mount Vernon man known to police and reached out to 911 Dispatch to determine if he had any arrest warrants. There was a misdemeanor warrant for use of drug paraphernalia, so the man was arrested and taken to APD where he was placed in a holding cell. The man was later transported to an address on Fidalgo Island and given a copy of his new court date.

An APD Officer noticed a speeding mini-van on 32nd Street early afternoon on the 8th, so he pulled the car over after noting it was going 10 miles per hour over the posted 30 miles per hour speed limit. The 33-year-old Anacortes driver told the investigating officer that she thought her car had some wiring issues and she did not think she was driving 10 over the speed limit. She also told the officer that she did not have her driver’s license on her and a check revealed that it was suspended. The driver was taken into custody without incident for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene with a copy of her citation.

At 2:30 in the afternoon on Sunday, November 8th, APD Officers were dispatched to a local grocery store to investigate a theft incident the store manager thought had occurred a few minutes prior to the call. The manager told police that she thought the supect had been trespassed  from the store on the 5th and returned to the store two times that day and stole alcohol and dairy products the second time he returned. Officers located the suspect, a 22-year-old Anacortes man, in the parking lot and took him into custody for burglary and theft as well as two Mount Vernon Municipal Court warrants. He was later booked in jail.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A van driver entered the Sharpes Corner Roundabout in front of a sedan just before 5PM on Thursday, resulting in a collision between the two vehicles. The drivers proceeded to a nearby convenience station where they exchanged insurance information and spoke with the investigating APD Officer. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for failure to yield. No one was injured in the collision.

A 58-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespassing out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday night. The man was contacted by an APD Officer in an SUV that was parked on N Avenue. Within the car in plain sight were piece of aluminum foil and a glass pipe commonly associated with illicit drug use. The 58-year-old faces a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. The jail would not accept the suspect on his warrant, so he was released at the scene.

Friday, November 13, 2020

APD received a call just after 3:30AM on Friday after there was a loud bang in the area of 3rd ST and Q Avenue. The person who called thought it may have been a tree branch or electrical breaker. No one else called us and the responding officer was unable to find anything hazardous in the area.

A contractor contacted police on Friday morning to report the theft of some tools taken from a job site on Osprey Lane. The contractor was concerned that others may be affected by worksite theft, so he wanted to pass the information along. There are no suspects.

A local woman was contacted via phone by a fraudster who attempted to convince her that there police were going to arrest her if she did not pay her warrant fee. The woman did not fall for the ploy and did not provide any information or money to the caller.

A local woman contacted police to report a fraud call involving a missed court date in Olympia threatening arrest by an Anacortes Police Officer. The woman did not provide information to the caller.

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