Runaway trailer, drug busts, church targeted in fishy theft; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported responding to these calls:

Feb. 4: Assorted music equipment valued at $35,000 disappeared from an Orcas Island in an apparent burglary and theft. Someone reportedly broke in through a sliding glass door at the back of the Roehls Hill home while the homeowner was away, ransacked the back room where the equipment, unidentified in the incident report, was stored, and made off with the stockpile.

Feb. 9: A San Juan Island woman accused of walking out of a Friday Harbor grocery store with merchandise tucked inside her jacket that she did not pay for was arrested for shoplifting. Employees reportedly saw the 24-year-old add the merchandise concealed in her jacket to a bag of groceries that she had pay for moments after she exited The Marketplace.

Feb. 12: A towing mishap prompted a trio of traffic tickets for an Orcas Island man after the trailer he had in tow became detached from his truck, veered off the roadway and slammed into a tree in the 500 block of Orcas Road. The 24-year-old, ticketed for failure to secure a load, expired tags and for driving without insurance, reportedly watched helplessly as the trailer, hauling a boat at the time, drifted by his truck as he slowed and ran off the road on its own.

Feb. 14: Inattentive driving and a cracked windshield led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI following a late morning traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 58-year-old, who reportedly was driving left of center on the roadway, was pulled over near the intersection of Court and Second streets shortly after 11 a.m.

Feb. 15: An undercover narcotics investigation launched in September led to the late-night arrest of a San Juan Island man on felony drug charges at his Friday Harbor home. The 26-year-old, who faces three counts of cocaine trafficking, was taken into custody at about 11 p.m. at his Sunshine Alley home. He allegedly sold several grams of cocaine to an informant on three separate occasions over a three-week period beginning in late September.

Someone flatten three tires on a county-owned flatbed truck parked at the Friday Harbor fairgrounds in an apparent episode of vandalism. A sharp object reportedly was used to puncture the sidewalls of each tire, valued at $200 apiece.

Feb. 17: A late-night altercation at a Deer Harbor home prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for felony assault. The 35-year-old, who faces charges of second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, allegedly choked his live-in girlfriend and repeatedly threw her to the ground after an argument erupted into a struggle. He claims to have been defending himself after the woman slugged him several times in the face.

Feb. 19: Someone discarded three large garbage bags filled with deer carcass remains on a heavily wooded Lopez Island property in an apparent case of trespassing and illegal dumping. It's the most recent transgression involving trash on that property, located near Aleck Bay, which reportedly has been targeted on at least four other occasions.

Feb. 18: A familiar face and failure to appear in court on a DUI-related charge prompted a mid-afternoon arrest of an Orcas Island man in Eastsound. The 44-year-old was reportedly walking along A Street when he was spied by a deputy, and then taken into custody at about 3:30 p.m.

A late-night venture into the back parking lot of Friday Harbor business led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI. He reportedly raised suspicion by pulling into the lot at a time when all the surrounding businesses were closed and the length of time that he spent there. The 22-year-old, also ticketed for driving with an open container, a suspended license, expired tags  and without insurance, was taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m.

Feb. 21: A familiar face and suspended license prompted the arrest of a man identified as a transient on felony drug charges following an mid-afternoon traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 32-year-old faces charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver and first-degree driving with license suspended. Officers reportedly found seven grams of heroin, syringes, scales, packaging equipment and $1,157 in cash inside car pulling the former Bellingham man over near the intersection of Blair Avenue and Park Street at about 1 p.m.

Failure to buckle up and a warrant issued by state Corrections prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island following a mid-afternoon traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 22-year-old, recently convicted of felony burglary, was pulled over near the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street at about 4 p.m.

Feb. 22: A defective license plate light led to the arrest of a San Juan Island woman for driving with a suspended license and for giving false information following an early evening traffic stop about a month earlier. The 60-year-old, driving without identification or a license when she was pulled over in Friday Harbor in mid-January, reportedly gave a false name and false date of birth at that time. She was riding in the passenger seat of the same van in which she was pulled over the month before when the driver was pulled over, and the woman was taken into custody.

Feb. 25: Two 2-foot tall aquariums, both containing fish, and a water pitcher disappeared from the Presbyterian church in Friday Harbor in an apparent theft. Valued together at $175, the aquariums — with four fish in one and two in the other — were located in a classroom on the ground floor of the Spring Street church at the time. Windows of the classroom were reportedly unlocked and church officials were unsure whether the door to the classroom was lock as well.

March 2: A Lopez Island man was issued a warning letter after two of his dogs were spied running loose in the School House Road neighborhood twice in two days. A neighbor of the 36-year-old reportedly saw a mid-size dog and a standard-size poodle belonging to the man chasing a horse on her property after witnessing the two roaming her yard the day before. She suspects the two wayward canines may be responsible for the mauling and death of a turkey she was raising.

Someone spray-painted graffiti on three sides of the public restroom in the Village Green in Eastsound in an apparent case of vandalism. The building reportedly was tagged by large letters spelling out the phrases "CDark" and "DC"; the incident remains under investigation.

March 4: A satchel containing various art supplies, valued at $125, vanished from a car parked in Friday Harbor in an apparent early evening theft. The car was parked in the 640 block Nash Street when its owner discovered the satchel missing at about 6:30 p.m. Whether it was locked at the time was not indicated by the incident report.

— Scott Rasmussen

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