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A man reported that he fell victim to a phone gift card scam after he tried research what happened after he returned an iPhone he had purchased.

On Jan. 27, a man went to APD to speak with an officer about falling victim to a gift card scam. The man told police that he recently returned an iPhone, but did not hear back from the company about his return so he did an online search to find a customer service line. The man called the first number that came up on his search and was asked to provide access to his computer and bank account information. The person on the line then told the man that he accidentally deposited too much money and requested a return of the funds via gift card. The victim complied with the request and later realized that it was a scam when he was contacted by an official representative from Apple.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Mid-morning on the 23rd, an APD Corporal responded to an ACFL trail per the report of what appeared to be a dead dog. The Corporal found the animal, determined that it was a deceased coyote, and properly disposed of it.

An APD Officer contacted a local 29-year-old man on the afternoon of the 23rd to speak with him about several arrest warrants on file for him. When asked to confirm his identity, the man initially gave the officer a false name, later stating that he was afraid of being taken to jail. The man was arrested on his warrants and searched incident to arrest. The search revealed that the man had a drug straw and narcotics on him. The jail would not accept on the man’s warrants, so he was released and now faces additional criminal charges for drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

A purple 1995 Dodge pickup with Washington license plate C75368R was stolen from a residence on 25th Street at approximately 10PM on the 23rd. The victim told police that the pickup was unlocked with the keys in it and had a landscape trailer attached to it. The trailer was recovered on the afternoon of the 24th and the pickup on the 28th.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Just before 4AM on the 24th, an APD Officer drove through a commercial parking lot on patrol and noted several people who got out of a vehicle as he approached in his marked police car. A routine check of the vehicle registration revealed that the registration was suspended as of December. The sedan was later driving on Q Avenue, so the officer made a traffic stop to investigate. The vehicle was driven by a 34-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman who was unable to provide a valid registration. As such, the woman was arrested and cited for driving with a suspended vehicle registration and later released.

Just before 11PM on the 24th, an APD Officer contacted a 21-year-old man behind the wheel of a sports sedan parked just off Commercial Avenue near 34th Street with the engine running. The officer stopped to find out if the man was okay. The driver smelled of alcohol and there was an open can of hard seltzer in the center console of the car. There was also a backpack on the passenger seat containing several cans of hard seltzer. The man turned the car off and agreed to take voluntary roadside sobriety tests. During the test, the man stumbled and nearly fell during one of the walking tests. The man’s poor performance on the tests and slurred speech paired with watery, bloodshot eyes, resulted in his arrest for physical control of a vehicle. He was later released with a copy of his citation. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

City of Anacortes Parks staff contacted police on the 25th to report damage to two benches and a trail marker post at Washington Park. The damage to city property entailed the letter “K” being engraved into them to the point that they will need to be replaced. There are no suspects.

A grocery store manager called police on the afternoon of the 25th to report a male that was confronted by staff after he attempted to steal two $60 bottles of whiskey. The male subject returned the items to the staff member, and then left the area in a van. Based on a vehicle and license plate, officers were later able to contact the involved male and cite him for theft.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Just after 1AM on the 26th, an APD Officer on patrol on Q Avenue pulled a sedan over after it ran a stop sign at the intersection of 9th Street. A routine check of the 27-year-old Mount Vernon driver revealed that her license was suspended so she was taken into custody without incident and later released. The registered owner, a 31-year-old Mount Vernon man, was also in the car. An officer also spoke with him about the title status of the vehicle as it had been sold over a month prior but the title had not been transferred. Further investigation revealed that the man had a felony warrant for assault. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail on his warrant.

A 1990 Honda Accord was stolen from the 900 block of 31st Street sometime between 9PM on the 25th and 7AM on the 26th. The owner originally thought the car had been towed, but further research revealed that this was not the case. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A Cypress Drive resident ordered a high-end bag of dog food in November, but never received it. The shipping company reported that it was delivered and surmised that the woman was a victim of a package theft. There are no suspects.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

A local business contacted police on the 28th to report the theft of two gas cans and a battery from trailed boat parked on their property on 3rd Street. The boat was parked there for several weeks, so the business representative was unsure when the theft occurred or who was responsible. One of the gas cans was recovered and returned to its owner. The other can and battery are still missing.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Just after noon on Friday, APD Officers responded to a local RV park to investigate a verbal argument between a husband and wife. Investigation revealed that the argument escalated and the woman began breaking dishes in the home and swinging at her husband in an attempt to strike him. The husband responded by grabbing his wife to avoid being hit. Officers determined that the woman was the primary aggressor and the 48-year-old was booked in Skagit County Jail on a domestic violence assault charge.