Police Beat

A police officer stopped and cited a driver looking at her cellphone while driving in Anacortes.

At 3:30PM on Thursday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on Commercial Avenue contacted the driver of a car because the 36-year-old Camano Island driver was looking at her cellphone while driving, an action that would later result in an infraction. When contacted, the driver said she thought she was speeding. Further investigation revealed that the woman’s license was suspended because of an unpaid ticket. The woman was ticketed for using an electronic device while driving and cited for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene after agreeing to call for a ride.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Early afternoon on the 20th, an APD Corporal observed a sedan straddling the centerline of a road for several feet on two occasions, so he pulled the car over. The driver, a local 26-year-old, said he was maneuvering his vehicle to avoid pedestrians walking along the road. Investigation revealed that the man’s license was suspended so he was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released on scene with a copy of a citation.

An R Avenue resident called police on the evening of the 20th because he thought he heard what sounded like gunshots. Officers responded and heard noises that were attributed to fireworks, but the source of the noise could not be identified.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Just before 10:30PM on the 21st, an APD Officer pulled a van over on Commercial Avenue because its headlights were off while driving. The driver, a 30-year-old man from Sumner, was determined to have a suspended driver’s license, so he was taken into custody. He was later released with a copy of his citation and advised that the court would reach out to him to schedule his appearance.

Monday, February 22, 2021

A 36-year-old Chehalis man was taken into custody for driving while license suspended just after 4:30AM on the 22nd. An officer pulled the driver over on 23rd Street after observing that the sedan he was driving had a date of sale in 2019. A routine check of the driver’s license revealed that it was suspended, so he was arrested, cited, and released on scene.

An APD Officer took a theft report from a man who left his backpack outside while helping someone with yard work earlier in the week. The gray backpack contained gift cards and two Bibles with a combined value of approximately $200.

An employee of a business on the 900 block of 21st Street called police mid-afternoon on the 22nd to report seeing someone flee from the inside of a co-workers vehicle. Officers thoroughly checked the immediate area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The vehicle owner told police that nothing was missing or damaged on the vehicle.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A black 2005 Chevy Tahoe with Washington license plates ABZ5019 was stolen from the driveway of a home on I Avenue on Monday night. The theft was reported mid-morning on the 23rd. The vehicle is non-descript except for a large white scratch on the front bumper. Anyone with information on the theft can contact an APD Officer via 911 Dispatch on the non-emergency line: 360-428-3211 and reference APD case number 21-A01147.   

A construction site on 30th Street sustained superficial damage to the structure after someone attempted to pry open the door. There was no sign that anyone successfully entered the building. The reporting party requested extra police patrols in the area to deter additional criminal activity.

An E Avenue resident contacted police to report that she was cleaning out her garage recently and noticed that her electric Trek bicycle was missing. The woman said she last saw the red bike sometime last week and it would cost her $3,500 or more to replace it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Anacortes Police Department is investigating an attempted purchase at a local retailer with counterfeit currency. The retailer turned the counterfeit bill over to police and did not sustain financial loss in the fraud attempt.   

A local 58-year-old woman was charged with theft after she walked out of a local grocery store with approximately $250 in product that she did not pay for. When questioned at her home about the incident, the woman said she is a shopper for a delivery service, but was unable to provide a clear answer for how she intended to pay for the items taken from the store. Store management expressed their desire to ban the woman from the store for one year in addition to charging her with theft.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mid-afternoon on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 noticed a pickup truck that changed lanes into the path of a sedan. The sedan driver had to brake hard and swerve to avoid a collision, so the officer pulled the pickup over to investigate. When told about the reason for the stop, the driver, a 34-year-old Oak Harbor man, said he did not see the car but noticed the marked patrol car behind him. A routine check of the driver’s license revealed that it was suspended, so the man was taken into custody without incident and later released with a copy of his citation.

Friday, February 26, 2021

A caller contacted police at 1AM on Friday because there was a man walking on Commercial Avenue in the southbound lanes. An officer spoke with a man in his 20’s who said he was walking in the road for fun and agreed to remain on the sidewalk.

A local man contacted police on Friday to report an attempted scam from someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House. The reporting party did not lose any money, but stated that he needed a case number for his records.

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