A 42-year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on felony malicious mischief charges after he allegedly smashed out a window to a new Ford Mustang at a car dealership in the 12600 block of Thompson Road around 1 a.m. Saturday, July 7.
Police found the man walking on Highway 20 near the dealership and noticed he had a cut on his elbow. When asked about the cut, the man allegedly admitted he cut his arm on the broken glass of the car window he broke out at the dealership. Police found the damaged car on the lot.
The man allegedly told officers he damaged the car because he was “mad at the government” and wanted to “destroy something that belonged to a big business.” When asked why he chose the car dealership, the man said “just because.”
After further investigation police learned he smashed out the Mustang window with a piece of lumber, threw a car battery through the window and possibly urinated into the gas tank of another car on the lot. The battery was found on the rear seat of the second damaged car. The total damage is not yet available.
Among the other 226 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, July 6
• A resident of the 2400 block of 11th Street found a 14-foot, aluminum-hulled boat with an outboard motor aground on the rocks at the shoreline near his home. Police contacted the boat owner, who lives in Kirkland, and learned the boat had been tied to the dock in the owner’s slip at a marina in Skyline.
No one had permission to take the boat and the suspects are unknown. The victim planned to contact a vessel assist company to arrange to have the boat returned to its mooring.
• A car parked in the 1000 block of Sixth Street was struck and damaged by an unknown vehicle while the owner was working in the downtown area. There was significant damage to the rear quarter panel.
• Another hit and run was reported in an employee parking lot at a medical facility in the 1200 block of 24th Street. A witness saw a red pickup hit another pickup in the lot and then flee the area. The victim’s vehicle was struck with enough force to move it sideways in the parking space. The investigation continues.
• A 34-year-old Fidalgo Island man was arrested on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license after he lost control of the car he was driving and struck the concrete barrier on Highway 20 around 11:28 p.m. The car then veered across the lanes of travel into a ditch about a quarter mile east of R Avenue. The man smelled of intoxicants and told police his girlfriend had been kissing him when he lost control of the car.
The 26-year-old girlfriend wasn’t hurt, but she had two warrants out of Mount Vernon. A domestic violence no-contact order was also in effect that prohibited the woman from having contact with the man. She was booked into jail on the warrant and a new charge of violating the court order.
After failing field sobriety tests, the man was taken to the police station, where he was uncooperative. He was booked into jail after refusing the breath test.
Saturday, July 7
• A 41-year-old Freeland man was cited for consuming alcohol in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands when an officer on foot patrol at Whistle Lake saw him drinking beer near the family beach area.
• A portable toilet/outhouse near the ball fields on the north side of Island View Elementary School was reduced to a flaming pool of plastic after it was totally destroyed by fire just before 5 p.m. A witness saw a group of juveniles lighting fireworks on the school playground a short time before the fire. The investigation continues.
Sunday, July 8
• A 19-year-old Anacortes man was cited for underage drinking after he jumped off his bicycle and ran from an officer when the officer approached him in the area of the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue around 4:10 a.m. The officer found the man later and smelled the odor of intoxicants on him. He said he ran when he saw the officer because he had been drinking and didn’t want to get caught. He was cited and released.
• A $200 purple Trek brand mountain bike was stolen from outside an apartment in the 1100 block of 29th Street. The bike was not locked.
• A 49-year-old Sumner man was cited for assault after he allegedly knocked the cap and sunglasses off a 17-year-old Renton boy near the boat launch at Washington Park around 1:30 p.m. The boy’s father allegedly made some derogatory comments to the suspect’s wife due to the father’s belief that the suspect was taking too long to get his boat out of the water.
The suspect erroneously believed the boy made the comments to his wife and confronted the boy. The man allegedly “flicked” the boy, knocking off his hat and glasses.
• A resident of the 2100 block of Ninth Street found the door to her garage open and discovered an electric drill and a bag containing several electronic testing tools valued at $600 was stolen. The garage door was unlocked.
• An Anacortes man reported he was pushed to the ground by an unknown man walking two dogs near the Skyline Marina around 5:25 p.m. The victim said he engaged the man in a casual conversation and the man pushed him in reaction to the victim using a derogatory name to describe the president.
The victim said the push caused him to fall back into a ladder and suffer a contusion. Police are trying to identify the alleged suspect.
• An officer checked on a vehicle parked on the side of Fidalgo Bay Road around 11 p.m. and contacted three occupants who said they were having car trouble. There was a strong odor of marijuana.
After initially denying there was any marijuana in the car, a 40-year-old Anacortes woman turned over a container with a small amount of marijuana and allegedly admitted it was hers. The woman also had a felony warrant for failing to appear in court on a truancy issue. She was cited for illegal possession of marijuana and booked into jail on the warrant.
A 21-year-old Anacortes man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after a marijuana smoking pipe was found near him in the vehicle.
Monday, July 9
• A $400 Dewalt brand compressor and a $90 100-foot extension cord were stolen from a house construction site in the 1800 block of 40th Court.
Tuesday, July 10
• Several juveniles ran from a driveway in the 2200 block of 17th Street when they saw an officer driving by in a patrol car around 12:38 a.m. The officer stopped and contacted several other people who remained on scene and learned the group was having a going away party for a friend. The officer saw several empty and partially full alcohol containers in the driveway.
A 17-year-old Mount Vernon girl, a 19-year-old Anacortes man, and an 18-year-old Anacortes woman were all arrested after showing the effects and/or admitting to drinking alcohol. The adults were released after being cited for underage drinking. The girl was referred to juvenile court and released to her mother at the police station.
• Police arrested a 19-year-old Anacortes man in the 1900 block of D Avenue on a warrant for illegal possession of marijuana. During a search of the man, the officer found a switchblade-type knife in his pant pocket. The man claimed he had no idea the knife was illegal to possess. He was cited for possession of a dangerous weapon and given a new court date for the warrant as the jail would not accept him for booking.
• Two pairs of binoculars were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 4600 block of Kingsway. Estimated loss is $50.
• A Guemes Island man went to the police station to show an officer that his vehicle was covered with seagull poop. The man believed someone placed food on his vehicle to attract the birds to express their displeasure that he parked on Sixth Street near the Guemes ferry terminal. There was no evidence of any food on the vehicle and the man left to get his car washed.
• Two Makita brand drill motors and a Makita brand flashlight were stolen from an unlocked garage at a home in the 2000 block of 5th Street. Estimated loss is $200.
• Two Scotty brand outriggers were unscrewed and stolen from a 22-foot boat parked in a driveway at a home in the 6000 block of Parkside Drive. Estimated loss is $750.
• A small amount of cash was stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 2000 block of Ninth Street.
Wednesday, July 11
• Several unauthorized charges were made to a credit card belonging to a patient/resident of an assisted living facility in the 1100 block of 26th Street. The victim lost her bank card more than two months ago. The card was later canceled when the loss was discovered but not before six unauthorized charges totaling about $310 were made to businesses in Florida and Texas. The suspect is unknown.
• A 24-year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on felony violation of a domestic violence no-contact order charges after he allegedly assaulted a 35-year-old man with whom he had previously been involved in a dating relationship. A court order from a previous domestic altercation prohibited the suspect from having any contact with the victim.
A witness saw the two men fighting near a trail at Rotary Park and the suspect ran off uphill into the woods. The victim had a torn shirt and said the suspect grabbed him by his shirt when he told the suspect he didn’t want to have a relationship with him anymore. The victim suffered a sore neck as the result of being grabbed.
The suspect was found in the woods and arrested. He claimed he grabbed the victim because he wanted to tell him he loved him.
• A car parked in the 3400 block of West Sixth Street sustained a dent to a door after it was struck by an unknown vehicle overnight. There was black-colored paint transfer on the victim’s car, but the suspect vehicle and driver are unknown.
Thursday, July 12
• A witness reported seeing a man push a woman down into some bushes in the 900 block of 22nd Street around 5:57 a.m. and woman yelling “stop.” Police found the 35-year-old woman and she told them she and her 21-year-old boyfriend had been arguing, but she denied he had assaulted her.
However, witnesses again told police they saw the man tackle the woman and knock her to the ground. The man was found in a nearby apartment and he allegedly admitted he “grabbed” the woman but claimed she fell on her own. Based on the witness statements, the man was arrested and booked into jail on charges of domestic violence assault.
• A window left partially open was believed to have been the point of entry for a burglary reported to a business in the 1100 block of 32nd Street. Items stolen include a $200 flat screen computer monitor and a $20 bottle of premium shampoo. The unknown suspect also rummaged through several drawers.
• An 18-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a warrant from a previous charge of illegal possession of marijuana after an officer saw him in the 3000 block of M Avenue. The jail declined to accept him for booking due to overcrowding, so he was released after being given a new court date.
Friday, July 13
• Police responded to the report that several signs were “ripped up” and there were rocks strewn across the roadway in the 1600 block of Skyline Way around 1 a.m. Police arrived and found four real estate signs had been uprooted. The signs and two large boulders were placed on the road and were blocking the lane of travel.
Several plastic numbers taken from a sign at a nearby convenience store were also scattered in the area. Officers removed the items from the roadway.
• Police responded to the report of a vehicle prowl at a home in the 1500 block of 12th Street around 4 a.m. The suspects reportedly drove away in a silver Audi sedan. The victim’s brother looked outside and saw someone rummaging around inside the victim’s vehicle. The victim checked his vehicle and found he was missing a Milwaukee brand sawzall.
The victim provided the names of two possible suspects. The victim said he used to be involved in illegal drug activity and he owed the two men money for a previous drug debt. The investigation continues.
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