Police Beat

Police arrested two men after a witness called reporting seeing two men break into a downtown business district storefront.

Just before 4AM on Thursday, Mar. 4, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress on the 600 block of Commercial Avenue. A witness observed two males break glass to enter through the front window of a store, then fled in an older model SUV. Based on suspect and vehicle descriptions provided, Swinomish Tribal Police Officers pulled the suspect vehicle over near SR 20 and the two men were taken into custody without incident. The two suspects, both 31-year-old men from out of the area, were booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for several charges, including burglary. The suspect vehicle was impounded and later searched for evidence related to the case.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

At 1AM on the 27th, someone who noticed a low-speed crash on D Avenue near the intersection of 25th Street approached an APD Officer to speak about it. Officers responded to the area of the crash and observed an older model SUV stuck in the muddy ditch. The damaged SUV appeared to have struck the curb and the culvert before coming to a stop. The driver, a local 60-year-old man, stepped out of the vehicle when asked by officers and immediately fell backwards into the door of the car. While walking with the man away from the vehicle, an officer also noticed that he smelled like alcohol. The man was unwilling to take voluntary sobriety tests, but he was taken into custody for DUI based on officer observations. The driver was later booked in jail for DUI because of a recent DUI arrest.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

At 11PM on the 28th, an Anacortes Police Officer responded to a parking lot on Q Avenue per the report of a man sitting in his SUV with the engine running for two hours and there was possibly a bottle of alcohol sitting next to him. The responding officer spoke with the 58-year-old Maple Valley driver who had watery, bloodshot eyes and a flushed face. The officer also noticed a box of wine that was nearly empty on the passenger seat of the vehicle. The officer asked the man to step out of the SUV. The process of getting out of the vehicle and getting his shoes on took the driver several minutes. The driver was then offered a breath test that resulted in well over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. The man behind the wheel was taken into custody and later booked in the Skagit County Jail on a DUI charge.

Monday, March 1, 2021

A local charter company called police on the afternoon of the 1st to report that someone wrote an expletive on the side of one of their boats. The reporting party was unable to provide any possible suspect leads and confirmed that the writing had been washed off without issue.

A 32-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested for driving while license suspended on the evening of March 1st. The investigating officer pulled the man over after noticing that his car had expired registration tabs as of November. A routine check of the man’s license revealed that his license was suspended so he was taken into custody without incident and later released at the scene after parking his car.

Two men from the area were recently banned from an Anacortes grocery store at the request of a store manager. The manager called police because the two men were lingering in the store for nearly an hour and were spending an inordinate amount of time in the restroom. Officer caught up with the two men in a nearby retail parking lot and informed them that they were trespassed from the store for one year.

Just before 9PM on the 1st, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue noticed a car driving without its lights, so he pulled the car over. The driver stopped the car abruptly at an angle after the officer turned on his overhead lights. The investigating officer noticed smoke coming from the driver’s side window and later noticed that the smoke smelled like burnt marijuana. The driver took some voluntary roadside tests, but had a difficult time maintaining her balance and following simple directives. Additionally, an officer located a marijuana cigarette in the driver’s side door pocket. The 23-year-old Anacortes driver was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for an evidentiary blood draw. She was later released with a copy of her DUI citation.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A man called dispatch to speak with the Animal Control Officer for recommendations on getting his cat out of a 50-foot tall tree. The ACO provided information on a cat rescue or tree service for assistance.

A local medical provider contacted police on March 2nd because a patient had illicit drugs in his possession. An officer responded and took custody of a small baggie of heroin that was later entered as evidence for destruction.

A 35-year-old Clear Lake man was arrested for driving while license suspended on the afternoon of the 2nd. An APD Officer on patrol ran the license plates of the sedan the man was driving and it returned to a registered owner with a suspended license. The man was arrested, cited, and released on scene after agreeing to contact the courts.

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Animal Control Officer took custody of a sick feral cat that was lingering in an Anacortes neighborhood. The cat had a communicable upper respiratory infection and was transported to the humane society where it will be treated and later put up for adoption.

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