Community News

One vehicle owner learned the hard way not to leave their car with the motor running, even for a short errand here in Anacortes.

An older model sedan was left running with the doors unlocked while the owner went into a fast food restaurant on Commercial Avenue near 29th Street. When the sedan owner returned to the parking lot a few minutes later, the car was stolen. The car had a theft tracking device installed, so officers were able to find the car at an apartment complex nearby and took custody of the unoccupied car. There are no suspects. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sometime between 1AM and 8AM on February 8th, someone used an object to break into an older model Honda on 30th Street and rifled through the contents therein. There are no suspects.

A 78-year-old Winthrop woman was given a ticket for failure to yield after she caused a motor vehicle accident involving a car that had the right of way in the Sharpes Corner roundabout. No one was injured, though both cars sustained reportable damage.

A local bicyclist had $200 worth of items stolen from his bike that was parked near a restaurant in downtown Anacortes the evening of February 8th. A few days later, the bicyclist contacted APD to report that the missing items were found.

A local man contacted police to report that someone prowled his possibly unlocked vehicle and stole some loose change and two bottles containing prescription medication the vehicle owner inadvertently left in the vehicle.

APD Officers responded to a report of two individuals arguing near a dumpster behind a business along Commercial Avenue. Officers contacted a man and woman in the area and determined that no crime was committed. The man, a 31-year-old from this area, had a DUI warrant out of Adams County and the county jail agreed to accept him on his warrant so he was transported there and released to jail staff.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Just before 4AM on the 9th, APD Officers were made aware of a domestic violence situation so they responded and spoke with the victim, a local woman, whose husband allegedly grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the ground and stopped her from dialing 911 when she attempted to call for help. The woman’s husband was not on scene when officers arrived, and he was not located that morning. In the early afternoon hours, the husband called the police department to ask what was going on and came to the station a few minutes later to speak with an officer. The man admitted that he got into an argument with his wife and it turned physical. He said he left the scene and slept in his vehicle overnight. He was arrested and booked in jail on domestic violence assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

A 51-year-old man was arrested for stealing $173 worth of groceries from a local retailer on February 9th. A staff member followed the man out of the store as he walked out, shed a layer of clothing that he placed in the trash can, and went into a nearby restaurant. Officers located the suspect in the restaurant and he was somewhat cooperative, though he said he was not aware of the theft because he was drunk. The suspect was told that drunkenness is not a valid excuse to steal and was taken into custody for 3rd degree theft.

An officer contacted a man carrying two backpacks, one full of steaks stolen moments earlier from a grocer on Commercial Avenue. The 56-year-old suspect was arrested for theft. A search incident to arrest yielded a clear pipe with drug residue and raw meat tucked under his t-shirt. The man was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia and theft charges as well as an arrest warrant out of the Burlington Police Department.

Monday, February 10, 2020

An M Avenue resident reported that his unlocked bike was stolen sometime during the night of February 9th. The mountain bike has a unique spray paint job—one part silver, one part gold.

A local woman did not provide any information to a possible fraudster claiming that her Social Security number was compromised. She spoke with an officer at APD who advised her that it was a common scam attempt and she should contact the Social Security Administration directly if she felt that there was an issue.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A delivery car belonging to a restaurant on the 800 block of Commercial Avenue was keyed sometime over the weekend of February 8th. There are no suspects.

A 20-year-old La Conner man was given a ticket for following too closely and operating a vehicle without insurance the evening of February 11th after he rear-ended a vehicle that yielded in front of him at the Sharpes Corner roundabout. No one was seriously injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A local apartment manager contacted police the morning of February 12th to report suspicious activity involving people not associated with the complex in the parking lot coming and going from a small sedan. Based on a description of the vehicle and associated people, officers contacted the involved parties at a business at the intersection of 24th and Commercial and ran the plates of the vehicle which returned as stolen out of the Tulalip Police Department. After gathering all vehicle occupants and interviewing them, two were released from the scene and two were arrested. One male, a 28-year-old from Bellingham, had two misdemeanor warrants and a felony Department of Corrections warrant. He was booked in jail on his warrants. The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old from Sedro-Woolley, was also arrested and booked in jail on an investigative hold for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.   

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A 62-year-old woman was arrested after her husband called police regarding a physical dispute between the two of them. Per the reporting party, the man and his wife had an argument over dinner and the argument escalated to the point where his wife struck him in the face. Officers took the woman into custody and booked her in the Skagit County Community Justice Center for domestic violence assault.

A local retail supervisor contacted police to report that someone claiming to be from the corporate office reached out to him to request several wire transfers. After completing two transfers, a co-worker stepped in and suggested that a request for a wire transfer from corporate seemed out of sorts so the transfers were cancelled and the supervisor called police to report the incident. At this time, there is not information available on the suspect.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times