Police Beat

Pumpkins were apparently used for an unusual kind of attack on mailboxes.

Several Anacortes residents reported damage to their mailboxes over the weekend of October 25th and 26th. In several cases, there were fragments of pumpkins left behind that were likely used to damage the mailboxes. There are no suspects in these incidents.

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

Friday, Oct. 24

2:47 pm.  Over $1,500 worth of automotive and electronic items were taken from a vehicle parked along Skyline Way. An Anacortes PD Officer spoke with the victim who stated that the items were taken from the vehicle sometime in the previous 24 hours. There are no suspects in this case.

11:39 pm.  A 23-year-old Anacortes man was issued a citation for Second Degree Negligent Driving after two Anacortes Officers on patrol witnessed him revving his engine and spinning his tires on the 200 block of Commercial Avenue.

Saturday, Oct. 25

12:41 am.  Anacortes Officers responded to a report of a young male sleeping on the porch of a church on Saint Mary’s Drive. The officers contacted the 19-year-old male who was found to have marijuana on his person at the time of the incident. He was booked and released for charges of Possession of Marijuana since he was underage.

1:42 am.  An Anacortes PD Officer responded to a convenience store on 12th Street per the report of a clerk who stated that an intoxicated male in his 20’s became agitated and would not leave the store when she refused to sell him alcohol. The officer contacted the male a short distance away from the store carrying a 12-pack of beer he had purchased from a nearby location. The 26-year-old male admitted to being in the store and saying things to the clerk that he shouldn’t have. Per the clerk’s request, he was ordered not to return to the store and verbally agreed to comply with the terms of the notice.

Sunday, Oct. 26

2:03 pm.  A 50-year-old Anacortes man was contacted by police per the report of a driver of a white GMC van driving erratically and yelling at other drivers. The subject was contacted a few moments later by an Anacortes officer who discovered that the man had a warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear out of Mount Vernon. He was taken into custody and booked into the Skagit County Jail on his warrant.   

Monday, Oct. 27

9:03 pm.  The Anacortes PD responded to a domestic violence call on 31st Street. Responding officers spoke with a husband and wife and determined that the female had been struck in the face by her spouse on the drive home from a nearby casino. The male suspect, who had been drinking that evening, was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

11:45 am.  An Anacortes PD Officer responded to a report of a vehicle that had been broken into the previous day. The victim stated that her vehicle was parked at the intersection of 6th and O Avenue from 4-8 PM on October 28th. At some point during that time, someone had broken the passenger side front window to gain access to a few personal items. There are no suspects in this case. 

6:28 pm.  An Anacortes woman contacted police when her juvenile son, whom she knew to have a warrant for his arrest, returned home. The juvenile was placed under arrest by the Anacortes PD and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on a Misdemeanor warrant for Disorderly Conduct out of Skagit County Superior Court.

11:35 pm.  A 35-year-old Anacortes man was cited for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. The suspect and his distinctive gray sedan is known to police and he was contacted after the Anacortes Police Sergeant confirmed that his license was suspended. The suspect was contacted in the 1800 block of O Avenue and suggested that his vehicle was a pleasure craft and horseless carriage which do not require a license to drive. Despite what the driver claimed, the officer issued him a citation and his vehicle was towed due to the fact that this was his 5th arrest in the last 3-½ months for Driving With a Suspended License. The suspect retrieved a few personal belongings from the impounded vehicle and was provided a courtesy transport to a nearby restaurant by the APD.

Thursday, Oct. 30

12:00 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted police to report that he had received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS. The caller demanded money from the man but he did not provide any personal financial or identifying information.

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