Police Beat

Two real-life warnings, in a sense, this week with thefts of gas and a catalytic converter from vehicles parked in public places. 

On Tuesday, an R Avenue resident called police to report that someone stole the catalytic converter from his sedan sometime overnight. The estimated cost to replace the car part is $1,800. There are no suspects. And the day before that, vehicles parked at a business on South Marches Point Road had approximately $200 worth of gas siphoned from them sometime Monday night. Police officers are continuing the investigation in an attempt to identify the suspect.   

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

A $75 Jansport backpack was stolen from a car on L Avenue sometime overnight on the 5th. The vehicle owners called police after noticing that their car had been rummaged through.

A local man was given a ticket for failure to yield after he drove his minivan into the path of a car already in the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. No one was injured in the collision, though both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

A 16th Street resident called police on the afternoon of the 6th to report a pickup that was circling the area. The responding officer discovered several vehicles that matched the description provided, but was unable to ascertain which, if any, of them were associated with criminal or suspicious activity.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

A 37-year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody on the afternoon of the 7th for no valid operator’s license. An APD Officer pulled the man over as he drove an older model sedan on SR 20 with expired registration tabs. The driver was unable to provide any documentation for the vehicle as requested by the officer, stating that the car was recently purchased by his girlfriend. The driver was cited on scene and later released.

A 21st Street resident called police on the afternoon of the 7th to report that her unlocked vehicle was prowled sometime overnight. Stolen in the incident was a stereo faceplate and sunglasses with a total replacement value of $50.

Monday, March 8, 2021

The owner of a car parked on 17th Street told police that the vehicle was broken into sometime during the night of the 4th and over $100 in currency and vehicle documents were stolen.

An APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed an SUV driving just under 70 miles per hour in the posted 55 miles per hour speed zone, so he pulled the vehicle over to speak with the driver, a local 19-year-old man. As the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed an open can of hard seltzer in the center console and an open case of seltzer on the passenger side seat. The driver admitted to consuming alcohol; his breath smelled of alcohol; and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. The driver demonstrated poor balance during the voluntary sobriety tests, swaying side to side for balance throughout. A portable breath test sample provided a result of over the legal limit to legally operate a motor vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest and later released to a sober adult with a copy of his DUI citation.

An APD Officer pulled an older model sedan over on Heart Lake Road for driving 46 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour speed zone. The driver, a 51-year-old man from Arlington, told the officer that the speedometer was broken on the car and did not provide a driver’s license. A routine check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and he was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released with his citation and a ticket for speeding.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Just after 9:30AM, medical personnel with the Anacortes Fire Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of 15th Street. Anacortes Police Officers responded shortly thereafter to assist in lifesaving efforts. Unfortunately, the adult male subject passed away at the scene. There does not appear to be a danger to the public. The Anacortes Police Department’s Detective Unit will continue their investigation and a cause of death will be determined by the Skagit County Coroner’s Office. 

An APD Officer responded to the downtown corridor to pick up a purse that was found on the ground in a retail parking lot. The officer identified the purse owner and it was returned to the rightful owner. Investigation also revealed that the purse was stolen during the night of the 9th from an unlocked car parked on the 1100 block of 6th Street and a few important items, including cash and a wallet, were removed from therein.

A 38-year-old man was given a ticket for failure to yield on the afternoon of the 10th for his involvement in a low speed semi-tractor verses sedan collision at the Sharpes Corner Roundabout. Nobody was injured. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage and were drivable after the collision.  

Friday, March 12, 2021

A 56-year-old Hope Island man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on Friday evening on an arrest warrant for domestic violence assault and a theft charge. Police were called to a local grocer because the man allegedly stole an expensive bottle of tequila. Based on the description provided, an officer contacted the man nearby and a detained him. When the man was walking with the officer to his patrol car, a bottle of tequila that was in the suspect’s possession fell on the ground.

Two adult brothers were involved in an argument on Friday night resulting in two broken vehicle windows. One of the brothers called police for help at 9:30PM. On arrival, officers noticed a station wagon parked near the residence where the call originated with freshly broken glass around it. Investigation revealed that the brother who called police picked his brother up from a tavern in town and the two began arguing in the car. The reporting party’s brother then kicked out the rear window of his car. Officers determined that the brother who kicked the rear window was the primary aggressor so he was taken into custody for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. Officers also determined that the 23-year-old suspect had two warrants, so he was booked in jail on his charges and warrants.