A 28-year-old Anacortes man was booked into jail on investigation of residential burglary charges after the residents of a home in the 1300 block of Eighth Street found the unknown man inside their home around 9:08 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The couple had been in the basement when they heard footsteps upstairs and found the sliding glass door open and the man standing in the living room. The man then fled.
An officer arrived and saw a man burst out of a hedge and run down the alley. The officer found him hiding in some bushes at the corner of Ninth Street and M Avenue. He was uncooperative and was taken into custody at taser point.
The victims identified him as the person who had been in their home. The victim’s next-door neighbor also told police someone had been on her property as her dog had just run in from the backyard and was barking in an upset manner. Shoe prints were found by the back door that matched the suspect’s footwear. The suspect denied any involvement in the attempted burglaries.
Among the other 219 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, Aug. 17
• A five-gallon gas can was stolen from a work truck at a business in the 12400 block of Reservation Road. Surveillance video showed a man walking around the property in the middle of the night, and an employee of the business recognized the suspect. Police are seeking to speak with the 46-year-old man.
• Police arrested a 50-year-old woman at a home in the 3200 block of West Third Street on a warrant for a DUI charge out of Jefferson County. While at the home, the woman’s family also reported she had been stealing prescription medication prescribed to the family members. The woman allegedly admitted taking some of her parents’ medication and turned over a pill bottle to police that contained medication belonging to her parents and a family friend.
The woman said she took the pills because they were “stronger” than the ones prescribed to her. She was booked into Island County jail on the warrant and faces possible new felony drug charges for stealing the medication.
• A witness reported seeing a man suspiciously place a bag in a large trash bin in the movie theater parking lot and then walk away around 10:16 p.m. An officer located the bag and found it contained a set of chef’s knives.
While checking the area, the officer found a man who was talking to staff at a nearby restaurant and bar. The man told the officer someone stole his knives from under the bar near his seat while he was having a drink after getting off work as a caterer.
The victim said an unknown younger man knocked over a bar stool near his and then remained bent over while apparently tying his shoe. The younger man exited the bar and the victim found his knives were missing. The victim identified the knives in the Dumpster as his and they were returned. The identity of the believed thief is unknown.
Saturday, Aug. 18
• A $1,000 five-horsepower Honda brand long shaft outboard boat motor was stolen from a sailboat at a storage facility in the 8800 block of Stevenson Road. The lock and cable securing the motor to the boat were cut.
• An officer stopped a car driven by a 36-year-old Kent man on Highway 20 for driving while talking on a cell phone around 5:28 p.m. The man also had a suspended driver’s license and an ignition interlock device requirement although there was no interlock in the vehicle.
The man smelled of alcohol, had watery eyes, and provided a portable breath test sample that was slightly over the legal limit.
He was arrested and taken to the police station where he provided breath samples that were just under the legal limit. He was cited for negligent driving, driving while suspended and driving without an ignition interlock device. He was released to a friend.
• A 53-year-old woman was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence malicious mischief, and resisting arrest after she allegedly punched her husband and broke a framed picture over his head at their home. The man had a bloody mouth from being punched and abrasions on his cheek and elbow. He said his wife had been drinking and belligerent to him all day.
The woman was intoxicated and uncooperative with police. She yelled and swore at the officers and punched an officer in the stomach after refusing to get up off the couch after being informed she was under arrest.
She was taken to the ground and handcuffed. While being driven to the jail, the woman threatened to kick out the windows to the patrol car and she repeatedly banged her head into the plexi-glass partition.
Sunday, Aug. 19
• An unlocked truck parked at a residence in the 4400 block of Bryce Drive was prowled overnight. Stolen from the truck were an IBM “ThinkPad” laptop computer, an HP color printer, a Sony DVD player and $30 in cash. Estimated loss is $430.
• A 19-year-old Anacortes man was arrested while walking in the 1300 block of 22nd Street after an officer recognized him and confirmed he had four warrants out of Anacortes Municipal Court. During a search of the man, the officer found a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana smoking pipe and a baggie containing methamphetamine in the man’s pockets. The man allegedly admitted the items were his for his personal use.
The jail staff declined to accept him for booking due to overcrowding. The man was released but faces new charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Police are investigating the theft of a cell phone from a vehicle parked at a store in the 900 block of 11th Street. The windows were left down and the doors unlocked. Officers were checking the call history to try and determine a possible suspect.
• The coin box to a washing machine in the laundry room at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Fourth Street was found to have its outer housing severely damaged. Estimated damage is $250. The vandal is unknown.
• A 29-year-old Camano Island man suffered minor injuries after the Toyota 4-Runner he was driving glanced off the Jersey barrier and then off another vehicle before crashing into a drainage ditch on the Highway 20 Spur around 8:32 p.m. The man apparently suffered a seizure at the time of the collision and had no memory of the accident.
The man’s 6-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in his vehicle, was uninjured. The occupants of the other vehicle were also unhurt. The Toyota sustained extensive damage.
The man reportedly had just recently been medically cleared to drive again after having a history of seizures.
Monday, Aug. 20
• An officer saw a driver on D Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed make an unsignaled turn onto 13th Street around 1:52 a.m. The officer saw more erratic driving while trying to catch up with the vehicle, including the driver running the stop sign at 14th Street and Commercial Avenue. The driver of the car ignored the officer’s emergency lights and drove into the drive-through lane at a fast food restaurant in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue where he stopped apparently to order food.
The officer directed the vehicle out of the line and contacted the driver, an 18-year-old former Anacortes man. He smelled strongly of intoxicants, seemed confused and asked the officer to “just take me home.” He displayed poor balance and failed field sobriety tests.
He was arrested and taken to the police station where he allegedly told the officer “I’m drunk” and that he had “lots” to drink. He also allegedly said he went to the restaurant to “get a double cheeseburger to home to pass out.” He provided breath samples that were more than two and a half times the legal limit. He was cited for DUI and released to his father.
• A resident of the 4600 block of Blakely Drive reported someone stole a Dell laptop computer, the laptop charger and a folder containing miscellaneous papers from inside her car while it was parked at her residence.
The victim said she placed the items on her passenger seat and had only been away from the car for a few minutes when she discovered they were missing. The victim’s son found the charger in the roadway down the street and the laptop was later found near the bus terminal in Mount Vernon damaged beyond repair.
• A 2.5-gallon gas can containing about a gallon of gas was stolen from a garage at a home in the 2100 block of 28th Street. The garage door was believed to have been open at the time of the theft.
• A five-gallon gas can containing about two gallons of gas was stolen from the bed of a pickup parked at a home in the 2000 block of N Avenue.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
• A messenger-style backpack containing a glucose meter, an insulin pen, a small pocketknife and a set of keys was stolen from a restaurant in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue. The victim said he forgot his backpack inside the restaurant and when he returned a short time later his property was gone. The backpack had not been turned in to the restaurant staff.
• A burglary was reported at a home in the 1300 block of 16th Street after the resident returned home and found an exterior door had been pried open. Items reported stolen from the home included two U.S. Navy service medals, miscellaneous “inexpensive” jewelry, a laptop computer, and a wallet containing two credit cards.
The victim then learned one of the stolen credit cards had been used at businesses in Burlington and Mount Vernon to make fraudulent charges. The investigation continues.
Thursday, Aug. 23
• A 21-year-old woman was booked into jail on charges of domestic violence assault after she allegedly stabbed her 23-year-old boyfriend with a knife at her home.
Police responded to the apartment after neighbors heard arguing and glass breaking around 4:11 a.m. When police arrived they heard a woman screaming angrily inside and had to force open the front door after getting no response from knocking and announcing themselves.
Officers found the boyfriend naked inside bleeding from wounds to his shoulder, neck and arm, and there was blood splattered all over the living room and kitchen floors. The boyfriend said the woman fled out the back door when police arrived.
The boyfriend told police she got mad at him after accusing him of taking her cell phone. He said she grabbed a knife and stabbed and slashed him.
Police located the woman trying to hide on the roof of an outbuilding connected to the residence. She had blood spattered on her hands and sweatshirt. She was taken into custody and she told police she had acted in self-defense, although she appeared uninjured.
Police obtained a search warrant and recovered two knives inside the home that were believed to have been used in the assault. The boyfriend was transported to the emergency room for treatment. A no-contact order prohibited the boyfriend from having contact with his girlfriend, but he told police his girlfriend invited him over to help her move and told him she had had the order dropped.
• An eight-horsepower Yamaha long shaft outboard boat motor was stolen from a boat parked at a storage facility in the 8800 block of Stevenson Road. An attached auto pilot steering unit was also stolen. Estimated loss is $3,000. The theft occurred sometime in the past two weeks.
• A 41-year-old man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after he allegedly shoved his teenage step-son from behind while the boy was loading up some possessions to move out of their home. The man, who appeared to be intoxicated, had also reportedly been verbally berating the boy and calling him names.
The boy and the man reportedly had not been getting along for several months and the boy told police he was afraid of the man and was moving out to live with other relatives for a while. The man’s wife (and boy’s mother) confirmed the man had shoved the boy. He was booked into jail.
• A 23-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a grocery store in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue around 10:53 p.m. Employees saw the woman concealing unpaid for items into grocery bags. When confronted the woman said she had “already paid” for them although she had no receipt. She then went into the store restroom where a female officer discovered the woman trying to conceal several stolen items in the garbage. The woman was taken to the police station where she allegedly admitted to stealing the items.
She faces charges of theft and also possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a drug without a prescription after police found a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a bag of miscellaneous prescription pills in her purse. The woman said a friend gave her the bag of pills.
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