Police Beat

A weekly roundup as prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

May 9

An Anacortes man reported that his 16-year-old daughter had been given alcohol at their residence on Bryce Drive by an 18-year-old male friend.  The father reported that he had previously told the teen he could not be at the residence when the father was not home, and that he could not bring any alcohol.  The matter is still under investigation.

A resident in the 800 block of Haddon Road reported that his mailbox had been smashed by an unknown person sometime during the previous night.  Damage was estimated at $45.00.  

Officers responded to the 3200 block of F Avenue regarding a verbal argument between a couple who had been married less than two years.  Investigation revealed that the argument had been about the division of property and that no crime had occurred. 

An 18-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant after an officer recognized him as the passenger in a car that was parked in the 900 block of 21st Street.  The man also had bloodshot eyes, smelled of intoxicants, and admitted to having a number of drinks at a local viewpoint after initially saying he had only drank “one beer.”  He was cited for underage drinking.   The 19 year old driver of the car had not been drinking. 

May 10

A 32-year-old Anacortes woman reported that someone had just thrown a rock and broke the outer pane of glass on her son’s bedroom window, causing an estimated $300 in damage to their apartment located in the 1100 block of 27th Court.  The residents had heard voices outside of the apartment just prior to the damage, but no one was seen when the area was checked. 

A 19-year-old Anacortes man reported that someone stole a stereo subwoofer valued at $65 from a vehicle parked behind a residence in the 2000 block of K Avenue.  The vehicle was unlocked and was not in running condition. 

Officers contacted a 44-year-old Anacortes man and his 44-year-old ex-wife in the 1600 block of Skyline Way after their 7-year-old daughter refused to go with the father for his scheduled visitation.  After speaking with both parties, it was determined that the visitation would occur at a later time when the child had calmed down.   

A 27-year-old Kenmore man traveling south on R Avenue said that his gas pedal got stuck causing him to hydroplane on the wet pavement and lose control of his car.  The man’s car then struck a car driven by a 38 year old Anacortes woman that had been stopped to make a left turn onto 30th Street.  A 23 year old passenger in the woman’s car had some “soreness” as a result of the accident.  

May 11

An employee of a business in the 500 block of Commercial Avenue reported that someone had thrown an empty liquor bottle through a window on the south side of the business sometime during the previous night.  Cost to repair the window was approximately $550.00. 

A 35-year-old Anacortes woman backed her car into an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of T Avenue.  The estimated damage to the unoccupied car was over $700.  

Officer contacted a husband and wife in the 3200 block of F Avenue after the woman had become upset because the man was throwing items belonging to her into a recycle bin.  No crime was committed and the woman left for the night. 

A 36-year-old Bellingham man reported that his 11-year-old daughter told him that her mother (the man’s ex-wife) had slapped her in the face three times the previous day while camping at an Anacortes park.  The mother was reported to upset because the daughter was having difficulty packing up camping gear as the family had to break camp due to rain.  An officer contacted the mother who admitted to becoming frustrated and slapping her daughter.  The case has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s office for review of possible charges.    

May 12

A school bus owned by a church in the 1200 block of M Avenue had a windshield and mirror broken sometime in the past few days while parked in a lot at the church.  The damage was estimated at $300. 

A witness observed a utility truck back into and damage a pickup parked in the 1100 block of 6th Street.  The utility truck then parked behind the damaged truck and the driver walked into a nearby motel.  Investigation revealed that the drivers of both vehicles worked for the same company and were staying in the same motel room.  The offending driver said that he would make arrangements to take care of the damage. 

May 13

Two Anacortes teenaged boys were contacted while riding bikes in the 1000 block of 34th Street regarding being possible suspects in the theft of a tip jar from an Anacortes coffee stand.  The boys denied any involvement in the earlier theft.  A later check revealed that one of the teens had an active pre-trial release court order preventing him from being away from his residence without parental or school supervision.  A prosecutor will review the case for possible court order violation charges. 

An employee of a coffee stand in the 1000 block of 13th Street reported that she believed two teenaged boys had stolen the tip cup containing approximately $10 in cash from the business.  The employee reported that one of the teens had asked for a cup of water, and that while she was filling the cup, the boys stole the tip cup.  The employee said that at least one of the teens was riding a bicycle.  Two teens on bikes were contacted a short time later, but denied being involved in the theft.  The theft is still under investigation. 

A 55-year-old Anacortes man called 911 and stated that he felt like hurting himself and that earlier he had held a bag over his head.  When the man was contacted by officers, he was calm and cooperative, although it was obvious he had been drinking.  The man said that he needed to go someplace safe so he would not hurt himself, and he was transported to Island Hospital for evaluation. 

An 83-year-old Anacortes man driving a motor home struck two parked vehicles in the 1100 block of 38th Street.  The man was suffering from possible medical problems and was transported to Island Hospital by paramedics.   

May 14

An Anacortes resident in the 1400 block of 15th Street reported that his pickup had been prowled sometime during the previous night.  The victim believed his vehicle had been locked, but no sign of forced entry was found.  Items missing from the pickup included a laptop computer, a digital camera, and some tools.  

A 17-year-old Anacortes girl was cited for following too closely after she struck another vehicle from behind in the 1300 block of 12th Street.  Both vehicles had been traveling eastbound when the front vehicle slowed for traffic. 

A 33-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for stalking after repeatedly going to her ex-boyfriend’s house in the 1500 block of 16th Street despite being asked to leave numerous times.  The man had made numerous reports in the past month of the woman harassing him by calling him, following him, and going to his residence.  Police had also previously warned the woman to stop bothering the man.   

A 60 year old Anacortes woman reported finding a $5000 ring previously stolen from her at a Mount Vernon pawn shop.  The woman suspected her daughter’s ex-fiancé as he had previously been to her apartment numerous times and had matching pawn activity.  The matter is under investigation by Anacortes Police detectives.   

A 71-year-old Oak Harbor woman was cited for following too closely after she struck a vehicle driven by an Anacortes resident on State Route 20 near Reservation Road.  Both vehicles had been traveling east on the highway after moving into the right lane for a passing ambulance.  Traffic began to speed back up, but the woman collided with the car in front of her when she did not notice it slowing back down. 

A 51-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she suspected her sister of stealing valuable coins and jewelry from their parents’ house on 23rd Street.  The sister had been living at the parents’ house to help care for them.  Pawn activity records showed that the sister had pawned some jewelry items in the past month.  The woman also suspected her sister of stealing jewelry that the woman had for sale in space she rented in a downtown antique store.  Both thefts are under investigation.

A 38-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 16-year-old daughter at their house in the 1600 block of 35th Street.  The teen reported that she and her father had argued at their house after the man failed to pick her up from work.  The teen said that her father had then pushed her and knocked her onto a couch before she was able to push herself free.  The teen walked to a convenience store where she called 911.  When contacted by the police, she was distraught and officers observed fresh scratch marks on her chest that she said was the result of her father grabbing at her. 

The father was contacted by officers a short time later after neighbors reported he had arrived back home.  The father smelled of intoxicants, and he admitted that he had argued with his daughter, but he claimed that his daughter had pushed him.  The father was placed under arrest for assault.  Since he also exhibited the effects of drinking alcohol, admitted to drinking and driving, and had been witnessed driving by his neighbors, he was taken to the police station where he was processed for drunk driving.  The father was cited for DUI and then booked into jail on the assault charge.         

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman and her 47-year-old brother got into an argument at their mother’s house in the 2500 block of Oakes Avenue.  The two argued about the sister bumping into the back of her brother’s pickup while she was driving a car that he had given her.  The accident occurred in the driveway.  Both parties were counseled about better methods of resolving their conflict. 

Police contacted a woman and her 15-year-old daughter in the 2000 block of J Avenue after the mother reported her daughter was being belligerent and misbehaving.  The teen was spoken to about her behavior and the mother was provided with discipline options. 

May 15

A 38-year-old Anacortes man was contacted in the 900 block of G Avenue after reporting that he had been trying to kill himself.  The man told officers that he was considering numerous different ways of killing himself because he “needed to die.”  The man was cooperative with officers and was transported to the emergency room for evaluation. 

A 27-year-old Stanwood man was cited for following too closely after the truck he was driving on Commercial Avenue struck the vehicle ahead of him that was stopped for a traffic light.  The struck vehicle was then pushed forward and damaged the car directly in front of it.  There were no injuries to any of the involved parties.  

Two men on foot were reported to be fighting in the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue.  Officers contacted the men and learned that they had not been fighting, but rather they were just intoxicated and had been yelling. 

May 16

A resident of the 2200 block of E Avenue reported she had been out walking her dog when she noticed several mailboxes standing open and mail on the ground in the 2500 to 3000 blocks of D Avenue.  An officer returned the mail to the appropriate mailboxes.  One piece of mail addressed to the Anacortes Municipal Court was found opened, and it appeared part of the contents was missing.  Officers planned to contact the sender.  

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