Police responded to a convenience store in the 1100 block of 12th Street after an employee reported an intoxicated, belligerent man stole some items and then drove away in a white Jeep Cherokee around 9:53 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Police used the license information to find the vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 5100 block of Sunset Avenue and noted the engine was still very warm.
Officers spoke with a 47-year-old man at the house who confirmed he had just driven home from the convenience store. The man said he was “pretty sure” he had paid for a hot dog and other food items at the store but that he didn’t remember. The man smelled strongly of intoxicants, his speech was slurred and he swayed while standing. He declined to perform field sobriety tests and he arrested on a charge of DUI.
He was taken to the police station for processing where he was uncooperative and belligerent. He eventually provided breath samples that were more than twice the legal limit. While being driven to the jail, the man called the officer derogatory names and told him he would have his job and the officer would have to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He was booked on charges of DUI and theft in the third degree.
Among the other 209 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, Oct. 5
• Police responded to a bar in the 300 block of Commercial Avenue regarding a male patron who pushed several people in an attempt to start fights and was reported to be in the middle of the street throwing rocks around 11:29 p.m. Police found the intoxicated 25-year-old Oak Harbor resident outside the bar. The man was evasive and profane in response to police questions and he was arrested on a charged of disorderly conduct.
It was learned he was active Navy and his friend told police he was upset because he was being deployed again. While seated in the police car, the man repeatedly slammed his head against the window and asked the officer to shoot him.
The man was taken to the police station where he intentionally urinated on the wall of a holding cell. He eventually calmed down and was released into the custody of military security after being cited.
• A 21-year-old Anacortes woman faces charges of assault and illegal possession of marijuana after she allegedly slapped another woman outside a bar in the 300 block of Commercial Avenue around 11:46 p.m. A verbal altercation started between the two women after the suspect took offense to the victim being in the company of the suspect’s ex-boyfriend.
Both women appeared to be intoxicated and the suspect allegedly admitted she “may have” slapped the other woman. The suspect also allegedly admitted a small amount of marijuana found in her purse belonged to her. The suspect was cited and released.
Saturday, Oct. 6
• An Anacortes woman reported her 47-year-old ex-boyfriend came to her residence in violation of a domestic violence protection order. The Friday Harbor resident had also allegedly sent the woman a series of text messages that also violated the court order. The man had two warrants for previous domestic violence crimes against the woman and he fled prior to officer arrival.
Police found the man’s vehicle in the loading lines at the state ferry terminal, but the vehicle was empty. A witness then told police the man was watching them from a nearby trail. Police found him about 50 yards up the trail and took him into custody. The man was booked into jail on the warrants and a new charge of violating the protection order.
• A 5-year-old boy suffered a small puncture wound to his finger after he was bit by a dog while riding his bike in a cul-de-sac in the 3400 block of West Sixth Street. The dog ran out from a neighboring yard and bit the boy. The dog owner accidentally left a gate open, allowing the dog to run loose.
The dog was current on its vaccinations. The dog’s owner faces a possible criminal charge of allowing the dog to run loose. The incident is being followed up on by the animal control officer.
Sunday, Oct. 7
• Police are investigating vandalism at a church and to a city street in the 3700 block of H Avenue. An officer on patrol discovered a roughly 20-foot depiction of male genitals had been painted on the roadway and an roughly 10-foot arrow pointing toward the genitals had been painted on the church driveway. A smaller depiction of male genitalia was painted on the church sidewalk.
Police also found the screen had been removed from a church window and the window was open. Nothing appeared to have been disturbed inside the church. Police spoke with a teenage boy who lived in the neighborhood after he was mentioned as a possible suspect. The investigation continues.
• A mailbox at a home in the 4000 block of I Avenue was blown up. It was believed that a “bird bomb” type explosive device commonly used to disperse nuisance birds was used based upon pieces found at the scene. Estimated damage is $25.
• A 10-foot aluminum hull/inflatable dinghy with an attached 10-horsepower Honda outboard motor was stolen from a boat slip at a marina in the 1000 block of Q Avenue. The dinghy had been tied to the dock next to the victim’s 48-foot sailboat. The boat was stolen sometime overnight while the owner was asleep on his sailboat. Estimated loss is $5,500.
Monday, Oct. 8
• A mailbox in the 1200 block of 37th Street was reported to have been blown up after a neighbor heard a loud explosion. The blast also damaged the mailbox post. The victim said it was second time the mailbox had been blown up in a two-week period. Estimated repair cost is $100.
While checking that area for anyone suspicious, police also received a report that another explosive device had been tossed on to the deck of a home in the 2300 block of 42nd Place. The deck was not seriously damaged. Another call was then received that a firework had exploded in the driveway of a home in the 3500 block of Marion Way. The suspect(s) remain unknown.
• An Arlington man reported his white 1985 Toyota Corolla was stolen from the day-use parking lot at Washington Park. A spare key was hidden on the car, but no one had permission to take it. The next day the missing car was found parked in the 2200 block of Bradley Drive after a neighbor reported the car as a suspicious vehicle.
The car was unoccupied and the neighbor had not seen anyone around it. The car owner responded to the scene but was unable to get the car started. It was then discovered the spark plug wires had been removed.
• A 69-year-old woman was booked into jail on domestic violence assault charges after she allegedly slapped her husband during the course of an argument at their home around 2:15 a.m. The husband had a bloody scratch and redness on his cheek. The woman was allegedly mad because the family dog would not move off her side of their bed.
The woman claimed her husband “assaulted” her by telling their dog the dog didn’t have to listen to her. The woman also reportedly slapped the dog after it growled at her. The woman admitted to slapping her husband but only “because he was going to hit me.”
• The owner of a dump truck parked in the 400 block of 30th Street reported it was prowled after he found the hood was up and the radiator hoses had been stolen. The hood had been unbolted and it appeared someone had been possibly trying to steal the radiator.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
• A 19-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested and cited for illegal possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer contacted her while she was walking in the 600 block of 34th Street around 1:38 a.m. The woman allegedly admitted she had a marijuana smoking pipe in her purse and she handed it to the officer.
She was arrested and the officer then found two baggies of marijuana and a package of “Juicy Jay Wham Bam Watermelon” rolling papers inside her purse. The woman was cited and released. She reportedly offered to pay the officer $10 to get her “weed” back. The offer was declined and she was lectured about trying to bribe a police officer.
• A $200 red and gray boys Mongoose bicycle was stolen from the front yard of a home in the 1300 block of Ninth Street.
• A car parked in a gravel lot in the 8300 block of Summit Park Road was prowled. The front passenger window had been left down a few inches, providing enough space for someone to reach inside and unlock the door. Stolen from the vehicle were an iPod, a pair of driving gloves, and a pair of sunglasses. Estimated loss is $270.
• A witness reported seeing an unknown man walk into his neighbor’s backyard in the 1000 block of 16th Street and then emerge carrying a sack that he didn’t have earlier. The man then walked away from the area.
Police were unable to find the man, but then checked the exterior of the home and found a door ajar with its glass broken. Police checked the interior of the house and found several drawers and the closet had been rummaged through in a bedroom. Police are waiting for the homeowners to provide a list of stolen property.
The witness said the alleged burglar was a man wearing very distinctive clothing described as slacks, a tweed jacket and a green-colored “newsboy” style cap.
• Police responded to Heart Lake after it was reported a pickup hit the entrance gate. The pickup was still on scene, but no one was found in the area. About an hour later, the 18-year-old registered owner of the pickup tried to report the truck stolen.
The man’s story and timeline of his activities that day were suspicious to the officer and the man eventually admitted he was lying and he had been driving the pickup at the time of the accident. The man said he lost control of the vehicle while turning into the park and slid on the gravel. He said he fled the scene because he “didn’t want to get caught.” It was determined that excessive speed was a factor in the accident and the man was cited for hit and run and negligent driving.
• A 16-year-old boy was arrested at his home in the 1100 block of 17th Street on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a criminal trespass charge. He was booked into juvenile detention.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
• Police received a tip that an 18-year-old man who had a warrant for failing to appear in court on felony drug charges was at a home in the 1900 block of 24th Street. Officers were invited into the home and arrested the man as he stepped out of the bathroom.
The man had a backpack in his possession that police searched. They found baggies of marijuana, assorted pills, suspected heroin, suspected methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia. The man was booked into jail on the warrant and faces new felony drug possessions charges.
• An employee of a business in the 8600 block of South March Point Road arrived at work and found the padlock was cut off the portable office trailer. The office had been entered and rummaged through, but nothing appeared to be missing.
The employee told officers the business had been the victim of a number of small unreported incidents in the past few weeks involving damage to the property and gas being siphoned from a company vehicle.
• Someone vandalized a house under construction in the 3900 block of Cottage Place by spraying a continuous line of orange paint up and down across the exterior of the home. Numerous pieces of siding will have to be replaced. Estimated damage is $1,000.
• A Garmin brand GPS device and a Jabra brand Bluetooth were reported stolen from a pickup parked at a car dealership in the 12600 block of Thompson Road. The vehicle had been locked and it appeared entry had been made by inserting a screw driver into the driver’s door locking mechanism.
Thursday, Oct. 11
• A $250 Schwinn brand “chopper” style bicycle was stolen from the front bike rack at the middle school. The bike had been locked to the bike rack at the time of theft and the lock was also missing.
• A woman residing in the 1500 block of J Avenue heard someone in her driveway and looked outside and saw someone lifting the door handles of two vehicles parked in the driveway around 10:31 p.m. The suspect opened an unlocked door on the family’s pickup at the same time the woman’s boyfriend ran out of the house and chased after the suspect.
The boyfriend caught the suspect about a block away and discovered the suspect was an approximately 15-year-old girl. The girl began screaming to be let go, so the boyfriend released her and returned home. The girl had not had time to steal anything. She was described as having pulled-back hair and wearing a black and white horizontally striped shirt.
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