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A 71 year-old Anacortes woman contacted Anacortes Police to report that she was the victim of identity theft.

She told Police on Wednesday, that approximately a week previous she had received two letters from the IRS regarding her recent tax filing even though she had not filed her 2014 taxes. The woman told Police that her social security number had been compromised earlier in the year and may have been used to file the fraudulent return. The victim had already contacted her bank and flagged her social security number to prevent future fraud. She also advised her tax preparer who contacted the IRS on her behalf.

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

Saturday, April 11

6:06 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers on foot patrol near the Cap Sante lookout heard voices and music coming from the beach area near the amphitheater. Officers responded to the area and spoke with seven subjects, six of whom were juveniles, one who was 18 years-old, about several bottles of alcohol and two baggies of marijuana in their possession. After interviewing and field testing all of the subjects involved, three individuals were cited for minor in possession of alcohol and two were cited for Minor in Possession and possession of marijuana. The subjects were then released to their parents from the scene.

Sunday, April 12

5:00 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted a 34 year-old Freeland, Wash. woman driving a Mercury Cougar with a badly cracked windshield. The car was initially observed traveling southbound on Commercial Avenue, then east on 15th Street, north on O Avenue, and finally east into an alleyway where the car was stopped by the officer. The officer spoke with the driver to explain the reason for the stop, a badly broken windshield. The driver admitted that she was driving with a suspended license and did not want to get caught so she pulled into the alley to lose him. When asked to provide her license, registration, and proof of insurance, she rummaged through her purse and a pill bottle fell out. When asked if it had her name on it, she told the officer that it did not and handed it to him and he confirmed that it had another person’s name on it. Further investigation revealed that the subject had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for Negligent Driving and that she was required to have an interlock device on her vehicle, which she did not. She was taken into custody and charged with driving with license suspended, operating a motor vehicle without a required interlock device, and possession of a legend drug without a prescription. She was also issued a traffic citation for operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance. She was then transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on her warrant.

8:06 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a business on the 2800 block of Commercial per the report that a parked vehicle had been struck in the parking lot. When contacted by Police, the 84 year-old driver of the suspect vehicle was slurring his words and had to maintain his balance by holding on to his vehicle. When asked if he had been drinking, he said he had had two or three drinks that evening. A few moments later, while taking voluntary field sobriety tests, the driver nearly fell and was caught by the officer before he hit the ground. A portable breath test provided a reading of over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for processing, then back to his home. 

Monday, April 13

1:27 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted Police on Monday afternoon to report that his live-in girlfriend was displaying odd behavior as of late. A few days previous she had entered his vehicle while he was asleep and spread the contents of a storage compartment throughout the vehicle and punctured the vehicle upholstery causing approximately $200 in damage. Officers contacted the 51 year-old woman at her home later in the day and took her into custody on Domestic Violence Malicious Mischief charges. She was informed of her mandatory court date and released at the scene.

3:20 pm.  A 17 year-old Anacortes juvenile was taken into custody on Assault charges on Monday afternoon per the report that Anacortes Police received of a verbal altercation between the boy and his mother that had escalated to physical threats of harm and throwing a remote at her, hitting her in the leg. Anacortes Police Officers also confirmed that the boy had threatened to burn her feet with a lighter but was unsuccessful. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center where he was booked on his charges.

4:05 pm.  A 42 year-old Oak Harbor woman was issued an infraction for Following Too Closely with Accident on Tuesday morning when the late model Nissan Altima she was driving collided with a Subaru that was stopped at a stop sign in the westbound lane of SR 20 at the Reservation Road intersection. Both vehicles were damaged in the incident, but there were no injuries.

Tuesday, April 14

9:43 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol witnessed a white Honda Accord traveling west on the 2700 block of Oakes Avenue in Anacortes on Tuesday evening. The vehicle was pulled over due to an inoperable headlight and investigation on scene revealed that the 51 year-old female driver had a suspended driver’s license since January 2015 for unpaid tickets. She was arrested and issued a citation for driving with a suspended license. She was released at the scene.

Wednesday, April 15

12:14 pm.  A 39 year-old Spokane man was arrested by Police on Wednesday afternoon and issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle without a required ignition interlock device installed and a traffic citation for cellphone use. The subject was observed by an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol driving a Ford Escape southbound on the 2100 block of Commercial Avenue while texting on his phone. The officer initiated a traffic stop for cellphone use and also discovered that the driver was required to have an interlock device installed in his vehicle, which was not present in the vehicle. The subject was issued his citations, acknowledged a mandatory court date later in the month, and released at the scene.

1:53 pm.  Anacortes officers were dispatched to a walk-in clinic on M Avenue per the report that there was a female whom employees wanted to have removed. The 65 year-old Oak Harbor subject had been denied care and been asked to leave the clinic several times. Officers arrived and told the subject she was being removed and ordered not to return. She said, “No, I won’t leave!” She was placed in handcuffs and in the process of being escorted out of the facility, went limp and fell to the ground yelling and screaming uncontrollably. Officers ultimately got her into a patrol car and transported her to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing.

Thursday, April 16

2:14 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer spoke with someone who had called to ask if the road up Mount Erie was safe to drive a Porsche. Subject was advised that officers would be happy to try it out for him. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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

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