Port Townsend Police Log | Pot deposit

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Posted 11/18/20

Port Townsend Police received 147 calls for service between Monday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 1. Below are selected reports

At 9:11 a.m. on Oct. 26, police received a call in the 600 block of …

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Port Townsend Police Log | Pot deposit


Port Townsend Police received 147 calls for service between Monday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 1. Below are selected reports

At 9:11 a.m. on Oct. 26, police received a call in the 600 block of Redwood Street where a woman said she had attempted to purchase a Shih Tzu online for $650. She believed the deal to be a scam. 

The responding officer took a case report and the woman is now working with her financial institution to remedy the issue. 

At 4:42 p.m. on Oct. 26, a man approached a bank drive-thru window in the 1300 block of Sims Way and placed a bag of marijuana in the deposit slot. The man requested that bank staff inform law enforcement to come pick up the bag. 

An officer arrived and retrieved the paper bag containing marijuana residue.  

At 8:38 p.m. on Oct. 26, a woman in the 1200 block of Howard Street said someone in Tacoma had made an $1,800 online purchase using her credit card. 

The woman had already filed a report with Tacoma police, but was advised to inform local law enforcement as well. 

At 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 28, an employee of a business in the 2600 block of East Sims Way reported that a customer had used a fake $100 bill to make a purchase sometime earlier in the day. 

The employee was unsure when the purchase occurred. A report was taken.       

At 1:14 p.m. on Oct. 28, a woman in her 90s reported that someone had contacted her over the phone claiming they were from Publisher’s Clearing House and that she had won a monthly prize. 

The caller asked her to go to a store to purchase gift cards to pay IRS fees for her prize. The woman did not provide any personal information but noted that the caller already had most of it. 

The woman did not offer any money, or purchase any gift cards. She told officers that it is not uncommon for her to get similar scam calls. 

At 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 28, a caller in the 2100 block of San Juan Avenue reported that juveniles in the area had been banging on windows in the rear of a church. 

Officers arrived and found four children, all under 12 years old, were playing in the area. 

No damage was observed, the officer asked the kids to play away from the church and not knock on any windows.

At 11:16 a.m. on Oct. 29, a man in the 800 block of Water Street reported that his vintage Raleigh bicycle from 1975 had been stolen from near his home. 

The bike was described as green with yellow lettering and had an old leather seat. The bike was not locked overnight. 

At 1:12 p.m. on Oct. 31, officers were called to grocery store in the 400 block of Sims Way for a woman trespassing. 

When police arrived, they discovered a transient woman had arranged a series of shopping carts and blankets to construct a sort of “fort” outside the grocery store. 

Officers also noted that the woman had scattered assorted items and trash around her new residence. 

The woman, who is known by officers to suffer from mental health issues, was advised that she needed to move along within the hour. 

Approximately six hours later another officer found that the woman had not left the area, the woman told the officer she couldn’t leave without her electric mobility scooter. The officer helped her locate the scooter nearby. 

The store manager said he did not want to trespass the woman, as he understood that she has been struggling with homelessness, but he just wanted to ensure she wasn’t drinking on the property. The woman admitted to officers that she had not only been drinking tequila on the property, but had also consumed some methamphetamine earlier. 

Once reunited with her scooter, the woman left the area and found a new place to sleep. 

At 7:47 a.m. on Nov. 1, a caller in the 400 block of Magnolia Street reported a car prowl. 

Taken from the vehicle were jackets, an orange hunting shirt, two vests, a packboard and other hunting gear. 

A garage door opener was also taken in the incident, along with a checkbook and about $500 in cash from the center console.   

At 2:54 p.m. on Nov. 1, police were again contacted about a transient woman who was now camped out on private property approximately 150 meters from where she had last been contacted by police.

When asked to leave by the owner, the woman became agitated and started yelling. 

Officers provided trash bags to the woman to pack up her belongings and assisted her in relocating to the fairgrounds. 

At 3:42 p.m. on Nov. 1, a vehicle prowl was reported in the 900 block of
M Street. 

The vehicle had been parked near the victim’s residence and stolen from inside were a storage container, tent and sleeping bag. 

Officers have no suspects and estimate the value of the goods at $300 to $500. 

At 8:25 p.m. on Nov. 1, officers were again called about a transient woman who had been contacted earlier in the day by police. 

The woman had gotten into an altercation with another resident at the fairgrounds. The caller told police that the woman had “trashed her van” and was presently throwing items about the campsite. 

An officer stepped in to assist what appeared to be a civil dispute between the two parties. The officer facilitated the exchange of a heater and the transient woman returned to her campsite. 


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