Police Beat

A 31-year-old woman from Mount Vernon was charged with Burglary for taking a small item from a gift shop at an Anacortes medical facility on Tuesday. The subject accessed the shop by shimming the door with a piece of cardboard and coming back later wearing a medical staff gown to access the door that was lodged open. Further investigation at the scene revealed that the woman had a warrant for possession and she was booked at the Skagit County Jail for INV Burglary and her warrants.

Here are some of the other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Friday, August 29

4:21 am. An APD Officer was dispatched to a residence on Island View Place per a report of a vehicle prowl. Sometime after midnight the victim’s vehicle window was smashed and a small electronic device valued at approximately $100 was taken. There are no suspects at this time.

12:20 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol found an abandoned vehicle on Sands Way in Anacortes. The vehicle had been given two parking citations on August 22 and 25 which were still on the vehicle windshield. The vehicle was towed by a local company who took custody of it.

8:05 pm. Officers responded to a report of three juvenile males brandishing a weapon on K Avenue. Upon further investigation, the officers determined that the subjects had entered an abandoned house and played “Army” with an Airsoft BB gun. The subjects were located a few blocks away at a playground where one fled on foot, the other was transported home by an officer, and one was charged with brandishing a weapon and marijuana possession.

Sunday, August 31

9:00 am.  A woman reported that her kicker motor had been removed from her boat parked near State Route 20 sometime between the hours of 9:00 PM on August 30 and 8:00 AM on August 31. The subject gained access by cutting a chain, wiring, and a gas line that secured the motor to the vessel. There are no suspects in this case.

Monday, September 1

11:41 am. An officer was dispatched to a cold burglary call on N Avenue. The reporting party stated that the night before an unknown male was standing in his back yard making a lot of noise. When confronted by the property owner, the subject stated that he lived there and that he was doing yard work. The owner told the subject to leave the premises and ultimately he did. The next morning the resident noticed that several of his tools had been rearranged in his shed but nothing of note seemed to be missing. Upon further investigation, the officer provided a picture of the suspect and the reporting party positively identified the 46 year-old Anacortes man. The property owner has decided not to press charges.

5:51 pm. A 35-year-old woman from Surrey, British Columbia was pulled over by an APD officer on R Avenue and 26th Street for speeding. Upon contact, the officer smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and asked the woman if she had been drinking. She said she had one beer two hours previous. The woman complied with a request to take part in a field sobriety test which she failed, losing her balance on at least two occasions. The officer then took a breath sample which resulted in a reading over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The subject ultimately admitted to having mixed drinks earlier in the evening and the back seat of her vehicle contained several bottles of alcohol. She was taken into custody and charged with a DUI and speeding, then provided a courtesy transport to a local motel where she got a room.

Tuesday, September 2

12:45 am. An officer with the Anacortes PD responded to a domestic dispute on 28th Street. The reporting party stated that her boyfriend, a 45-year-old Anacortes man from Bremerton, had arrived unannounced and shortly thereafter an argument ensued. The victim told the man that he should leave or she would call 911. The woman was physically pushed against the wall by the subject as he left the residence. Another officer contacted the suspect on State Route 20 where he was taken into custody, transported to the Skagit County Jail, and booked for a 4th Degree Domestic Violence charge.

Wednesday, September 3

3:46 pm. A hit-and-run motor vehicle accident occurred on the 3300 block of Commercial Avenue. An employee of a nearby business witnessed the accident and gave a description of the man, a younger white male with dark hair. The APD also obtained video footage of the incident from a nearby business which revealed what appears to be a white Chevrolet coupe as the suspect vehicle. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage and there were no injuries. There are no suspects at this time.

An Anacortes PD Officer responded to a report of an assault on a fishing boat docked at a marina on Q Avenue. The responding officer spoke with two men, 47- and 57-years-old respectively, and it was determined that the crew members had been drinking and had an argument over a coffee tin. The verbal argument turned physical and both parties reported that they had been pushed by the other subject. Both parties declined to press charges.

Thursday, September 4

An Anacortes man reported his full-suspension mountain bike stolen. The Kona brand mountain bike, valued at approximately $1,000, was taken from his unlocked shed at some point during the previous week. The mountain bike had not been turned in to the APD as found property. There are no suspects at this time.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 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