Thirteen vehicle prowls were reported in Anacortes Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, nearly twice as many as those reported during the last spate of prowls Oct. 16-21.
Three were reported between 7:26 a.m. and 8:09 a.m. Oct. 30 on the 1700 block of 36th Street. About an hour later, two more were reported on the 3400 block of G Avenue. Then two more another hour later, this time on the 3400 block of Field Avenue.
A single vehicle prowl was reported shortly after noon Oct. 31 on the 3500 block of West Third Street.
Four vehicle prowls were reported on Nov. 1 — at 4:52 a.m. on the 1400 block of 34th Street; 3:59 p.m. on the 3400 block of West Third Street; 4:49 p.m. on the 3200 block of L Avenue; and 6:19 p.m. on the 900 block of Fourth Street.
A vehicle prowl was reported at 10:17 a.m. Nov. 3 on the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue.
This latest spate of vehicle prowls brings to 32 the number of prowls reported since Sept. 1, according to an earlier tally provided by Anacortes Police Capt. Dave Floyd.
Floyd’s advice to vehicle owners:
• Lock your car.
• Hide items of value.
• Make sure you have adequate lighting and that landscaping doesn’t offer a hiding place for a prowler.
Anacortes police responded to 184 dispatches in the past week. Here are some of the calls.
Saturday, Oct. 26
• A local 49-year-old man was arrested and booked in Skagit County jail on an investigative hold for burglary, theft and drug possession. Officers contacted the man outside a house that is for sale on M Avenue. The reporting party provided a description of the male and said he was rummaging through the rock garden. When contacted, the man was placing decorative rocks into his backpack and was unable to provide adequete reason for being on the property. He stepped out of the fenced-in area and was placed in handcuffs. He was found to be in possession of a knife, methamphetamine and a pipe.
Sunday, Oct. 27
• A retailer on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue called police to report that a man and woman were in the building despite being trespassed. The man, a 26-year-old from Oak Harbor, was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of heroin and a used needle. The woman was in possession of a used heroin syringe. Both were released at the scene and face trespassing and possible drug charges.
• Two 17-year-old Anacortes males were trespassed from a local grocery store recently in connection with alcohol theft from the store. The store manager called police to report theft of a $10 bottle of vodka. Although the teens were not on the premises when the officer arrived, they were identified from video surveillance footage.
• A 29-year-old Seattle man failed to yield to a sedan in the Sharpes Corner roundabout, resulting in a non-injury collision and a $190 infraction.
Monday, Oct. 28
• Officers investigated an assault case at a local convenience store, resulting in two arrests. The driver of a sports coupe pulled into his parking spot at an odd angle, nearly striking an SUV. The incident resulted in a brief verbal exchange between the two drivers. A few moments later, the coupe driver said some provoking statements to a passenger in the SUV that led to a brief physical exchange. The SUV passenger, a 43-year-old from Bellingham, was charged with assault. The 37-year-old Anacortes man who was driving the sports coupe was cited for provoking an assault.
• Thirty dollars’ worth of tools and electronics were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle on D Avenue.
• An H Avenue vehicle owner called police to report that gas caps from two of his vehicles were removed, though he did not think any gas was stolen, possibly because the motion lights scared off the thief.
• A local woman reported that her vehicle was covered in pink paint and a derogatory comment written on the hood. The woman is a protected party in an anti-harassment order against her ex-boyfriend. The investigating officer contacted the 23-year-old man who first denied knowing about the painting incident. However, when the officer noticed pink paint on the man’s shoe and brought it to his attention, he reportedly admitted to the incident and was taken into custody for violation of the anti-harassment order and malicious mischief. He was booked in the county jail.
• A 17-year-old man was cited for negligent driving after he took the corner at 35th Street and V Avenue too fast and struck head-on a sedan that was stopped at the intersection. No one was injured.
• Medics evaluated a driver on the scene of a head-on crash at 12th Street and Commercial Avenue. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and were towed from the scene. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way because he turned in front of the oncoming car on a yellow turn arrow.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
• An early morning vehicle prowl on the 1700 block of 36th Street was reported to police. In the vehicle owner’s surveillance footage, a prowler is seen opening the unlocked door of the vehicle and going through the center console. The vehicle was not damaged and nothing was taken.
• An officer on patrol on Highway 20 around midnight noticed that the SUV in front of him had expired registration tags. The 41-year-old Mount Vernon driver said he did not have his driver’s license with him. He was found t0 have a suspended license and an ignition interlock requirement for any vehicle he drives, though none was present in the SUV. The man was taken into custody and charged for his violations, then released from custody after agreeing to appear in court.
Thursday, Oct. 31
• An officer investigated a complaint of suspicious activity in an abandoned building on Fifth Street on Halloween afternoon. The officer contacted two males in the building. One of the males, a 17-year-old from Anacortes, admitted smoking marijuana and admitted that a glass pipe on the ground was his. The glass pipe was confiscated as evidence, and the teen was given an education citation, a referral to a program that connects minors who have been caught using alcohol or marijuana with education and intervention services in the community.
— Anacortes Police Department