Police Beat

Anacortes Police recovered stolen property valued at thousands of dollars that had apparently been taken in a string of thefts along the I-5 corridor.

On December 8, Anacortes Police Department Officers responded to a complaint in which a local motel was requesting that some guests that were still in their room after checkout time be removed from the premises. Officers contacted three women and were able to identify them as suspects in a theft at an Anacortes supermarket that occurred earlier that morning, as well as another from a business in Burlington the day prior. The women were taken into custody and a large amount of suspected stolen property was located in the room they had stayed in. Their vehicle was impounded after a large amount of suspected stolen property was seen inside and our Narcotics Detection K9, T-Bone, alerted on the vehicle. A search warrant was served on the vehicle and a large amount of suspected stolen property was seized. It has been confirmed that a large amount of the property had been stolen from various businesses in cities along the I-5 corridor. In total, several thousands of dollars’ worth of suspected or confirmed stolen property, including baby formula, electronics, and clothing items, was recovered during the investigation, as well as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and suspected synthetic psychedelic drugs.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Catching up on an earlier case. At 10AM on November 26, Thanksgiving Day, APD Officers were dispatched to the Anacortes Library because of a dispute regarding vehicle ownership and subsequent vehicle theft there a few minutes prior. The vehicle was gone on officers’ arrival, but a man associated with the stolen vehicle was there to tell his story. The man said that he and a woman were sitting in an SUV in the parking lot and two males and a female known to them were near the vehicle. One of the individuals, a 66-year-old man from Anacortes, pointed a gun at the man who was in the driver’s seat, and told him to get out of the car. The driver complied and the man with the gun and an additional woman got into the vehicle and drove a short distance before an APD Officer caught up with them and took the 66-year-old male suspect into custody. The female suspect was not in the vehicle when it was stopped, however the female passenger was still in the vehicle and told police that she was kept inside the vehicle against her wishes. Officers were able to collect a realistic looking pellet gun that afternoon, which may have been the weapon used in the robbery, as well as methamphetamine that was attributed to the male suspect taken into custody that day. The 66-year-old suspect was booked in jail on an investigative hold for robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm, taking a motor vehicle without permission, and possession of a controlled substance. The 33-year year-old male and 32-year-old female face similar charges for their involvement in the incident as well.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

A care facility employee contacted police on the evening of December 5 to report that someone accessed a van belonging to the business without their permission. When the officer arrived, there was no one in the van and no signs of forced entry. No suspect description was provided, so staff was encouraged to lock the vehicle and call back if anyone else was seen in the area of the vehicle.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

A 22-year-old Anacortes woman was booked in jail on Dec. 6th for drug and drug paraphernalia possession; vehicle prowl; and possession of a legend drug charges. APD Officers contacted the suspect at a local convenience store because a man called 911 requesting assistance to remove the woman after she locked herself in his car. Upon arrival at the gas station, officers removed the woman from the car without incident and took her into custody. A search incident to arrest for vehicle prowl revealed that the woman had prescription only pills in her possession as well as a neck gaiter belonging to the vehicle owner. The woman also left pieces of foil with burn marks in the vehicle and a baggie containing possible heroin was also found in her possession.

Monday, December 7, 2020

A contractor performing work at Grandview Cemetery had an antenna stolen from the work site sometime between December 3rd and December 7th. There are no suspects in this case.

A package containing $30 worth of items was stolen from the front porch of a 15th Street home sometime over the weekend of the 4th. There are no suspects.

A $200 set of headphones was reported stolen in a vehicle prowl on West 4th Street overnight on the 6th. There are no suspects.

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested and charged with theft for concealing $16 worth of items at a local grocer. One of the store managers called police after confronting the woman about the stolen items and collecting them from her purse. The responding officer took the woman into custody without incident and she was later released with a copy of her court date.

A local 70-year-old man was given a ticket for negligent driving for his involvement in a two-car, non-injury collision. The investigating officer observed that the man’s car was parked in a no parking zone near a stop sign on 10th Street. The suspect parked too close to the adjacent parking spot and his van struck the side of an SUV parked there, causing damage to the driver’s side.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

APD Officers responded to Kingsway for a deceased deer call on Wednesday. A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer also responded because the deer had a tag on its ear. Per WDFW, the buck was tagged approximately 4 years prior after getting hammock ropes tangled in its antlers. The cause of death was determined to be a coyote attack.

A pickup and two SUVs were involved in a non-injury collision at 12th and Commercial just after 4:30 on the 9th. Both SUVs were in the sound bound lanes of Commercial Avenue when the approaching pickup turned into the path of the first SUV and clipped the side of the second SUV causing it to spin out of control into a parking lot at the southwest corner of the intersection. The at-fault pickup driver told officers that he thought he had a green arrow to turn since vehicles in front of him turned left onto 12th Street without stopping. The pickup driver was issued a ticket for failure to yield.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Anacortes Municipal Court staff requested an APD Officer in the courtroom on Thursday morning to take a 23-year-old man into custody after realizing that he had a Skagit County Superior Court warrant for residential burglary. The man was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest yielded a baggie containing possible methamphetamine. He was booked in jail on his warrant and faces possible drug possession charges as well.

Friday, December 11, 2020

A 28-year-old Mount Vernon woman as arrested and cited for driving while license suspended just after 4:30AM on the 11th. The woman was speeding on Q Avenue which is why an APD Corporal was interested in speaking with her. The driver seemed surprised when told that her license was suspended and she could not drive her car from the scene. She was later given a courtesy transport to work and released.  

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol late Friday night observed a late model sedan traveling just under two times the posted 55mph speed limit on State Route 20 near Sharpes Corner. An officer caught up with the vehicle near the R Avenue roundabout when it was traveling approximately 66mph, so he pulled the car over to speak with the 16-year-old male driver. The teenager was taken into custody for reckless driving and given a speeding ticket. He was counseled on his driving behavior, and later released to a licensed driver with a copy of his citation.