Police Beat

Another case of an Anacortes resident responding to a too-good-to-be-true email offer from Kenya and losing nearly $1,000 in the process.

A young Anacortes woman went to the Anacortes Police on Tuesday to report that she had been the victim of a fraudulent personal shopper scam. The victim reported that she had received an offer via email offering three money orders that were to be deposited in her account and all but $175 forwarded via wire transfer to Nairobi, Kenya. The $175 was payment for her “services.” The woman received one fraudulent money order for nearly $1,000, deposited it in her bank, and wired $779 to Africa. The following day her bank informed her that the money order was fraudulent and her account was overdrawn.

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

Saturday, April 25

9:22 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a residence on 26th Street per the report of a vehicle prowl that has occurred sometime the previous evening. The reporting party stated that his pickup had sustained damage to the rear window of the canopy and driver’s side tail light, totaling approximately $800 in repairs. No items were taken from the vehicle and there are no suspects.

10:50 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a residence on 12th Street in Anacortes per the report of an incident that had occurred the previous evening. The reporting party showed Police his shattered windshield and chips on the driver’s door window. A landscaping block from the neighbor’s landscaping was lying in front of the truck that was likely used to damage the vehicle. There are no suspects in this case.

2:45 pm.  A 19 year-old Anacortes man was charged with Violation of a No Contact Order following a report from the subject’s ex-girlfriend who had a No Contact Order in place since earlier in the month. Police were able to determine that the male subject had contact with the victim at the local hospital approximately a week following the issuance of the No Contact Order. As such, the subject was told that he would receive a criminal citation via summons for violating the order.

Sunday, April 26

12:58 am.  A 45 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody on five bench warrants out of Skagit County—one for DUI/Driving with License Suspended, three for Driving With License Suspended, and one for resisting arrest. Anacortes Police Officers were called to the 8100 block of South March’s Point Road per a disorderly complaint of a man in the driveway who was yelling and throwing things around. Officers responded and contacted the argumentative subject in the upper level of the boat shed after several minutes of speaking with him in the shed. The subject was ultimately transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrants. 

11:05 pm.  An Anacortes Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a Honda Accord in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue for an inoperable brake light. The 20 year-old Prairie, Wash. man handed the officer his license and opened his glove box to access his registration and proof of insurance. When he opened the glove box, a baggie fell out containing what appeared to be marijuana. The driver then stated, “Oh no, I’m screwed.” He confirmed that the baggie contained marijuana and was placed under arrest. The subject voluntarily allowed a search of his vehicle and officers discovered an additional baggie of marijuana in the center console. He was issued a citation for Marijuana Possession Less Than 40 Grams and released from the scene.

Monday, April 27

8:36 am.  An Anacortes Officer was dispatched to Storvik Park in Anacortes per the report of graffiti painted in black spray paint on the interior walls of the women’s restroom. The graffiti was initially discovered late the previous evening. If you have any information about this incident, call 911, or the anonymous TipLine at 299-1985.

Thursday, April 30

11:00 pm.  A 28 year-old Pierce County woman is in jail for investigation of eluding police vehicles after a bizarre 14-mile pursuit in Anacortes. Shortly after 11PM Skagit 911 received a report of a possible drunk driver on SR 20 at the twin bridges. Officers spotted the car as it drove onto Commercial Ave.  The officers activated their vehicle lights and then sirens but the vehicle did not stop.  The vehicle led officers through Anacortes out to the state ferry landing, onto a ferry which was in the refueling process, off the ferry and back through town to Cap Sante Lookout, where the suspect was apprehended.

Saturday, May 2

7:52 pm.  A 19 year-old Anacortes man was cited for Reckless Driving on Saturday evening when the Ford Focus he was driving struck a Ford pickup truck head-on on Cranberry Lake Road. Anacortes Police on scene determined that the driver was traveling approximately 45 miles per hour and skid marks left by the vehicle were 125 feet long. The driver admitted that he was driving too fast and had done so to show off to his friends. There were no injuries. 

Edited to add May 2 incident.

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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