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Anacortes Police this week conducted what was called a successful high-risk traffic stop minutes after a burglary in progress was reported.

Officers responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 1800 block of C Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, June 16. Dispatch provided suspect vehicle information and within minutes, several officers conducted a successful high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle associated with the burglary at 15th Street and M Avenue, taking the sole occupant of the vehicle, a 26 year-old Anacortes man, into custody without incident. Officers searched the driver incident to arrest and discovered several small white pills that had been taken during the burglary. The driver gave permission to search the vehicle and officers discovered two loaded syringes that contained a substance believed to be heroin.

Further investigation revealed that the resident of the C Avenue house had arrived home and heard a noise in her closet. A short time later a male came out of the closet with a backpack belonging to the victim, ran to his vehicle that was parked nearby, and started to drive off. He then stopped the vehicle and got out to return the backpack, and personal items therein to the victim and apologized for his actions, stating that he needed money to “get a fix.” The suspect, who later admitted to being high on heroin, then drove off and was contacted by police a short time later.

After being taken into custody during the traffic stop, the suspect was transported to the Anacortes Police Department and then to the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Second Degree Burglary and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, June 13

10:39 pm.  A 23 year-old Burlington woman was issued a criminal citation for driving with license suspended and a traffic citation for speeding on Saturday evening. The Buick Lesabre the woman was driving was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer while traveling approximately 18 mph over the speed limit in a posted 55 mph zone on eastbound SR 20. The woman stated that she was following her boyfriend to the movies and they were running late. She was taken into custody for driving with license suspended charge and released at the scene.

11:26 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed the driver of a blue Honda Civic fail to use his turn signal when turning onto Reservation Road. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the 30 year-old Anacortes man who was found to be driving his vehicle without insurance and with a suspended license since January 2008. Further investigation also revealed that the subject had two confirmed warrants out of Anacortes and Burlington Municipal Courts respectively for driving with license suspended. He was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was issued a criminal citation for driving with license suspended and a traffic citation for operating a vehicle without proof of insurance. He was booked and released on his warrants and given a courtesy transport to his residence.

Tuesday, June 16

6:32 pm.  A 55 year-old Anacortes woman was taken to jail on Tuesday evening by Anacortes Police. At approximately 6:30 that evening, APD Officers were dispatched to a residence on Yorkshire Drive and spoke with a husband and wife at that location. Officers contacted the husband, who had visible injuries to his nose and arm, outside the residence. Investigation on scene revealed that the husband and wife had been out drinking earlier in the afternoon and engaged in a verbal confrontation about finances that had been ongoing for two days. The confrontation became physical when the two arrived at the residence and the wife struck her husband in the face, jumped on him, and bit his left arm. As a result of their investigation, the officers took the female into custody and transported her to the Skagit County Jail on a Domestic Violence Assault charge.

The male stated that he and his wife had been out drinking that evening and engaged in a verbal argument about a bank account he had opened recently. The argument escalated to the point where the female struck her husband in the face and bit him in the arm. Officers determined that the female was the primary aggressor and she was taken into custody.  

Wednesday, June 17

2:54 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol checked the Anacortes High School early Wednesday morning and discovered an abundant amount of toilet paper strewn across trees and shrubs on the north, east, and south sides of the building. It was determined that there was no damage to the building or grounds of the facility. There are no suspects.

3:19 pm.  A Mount Vernon woman contacted Anacortes Police on Wednesday afternoon to report a vehicle prowl. The woman stated that her wallet containing debit cards and ID were stolen from her vehicle, likely through the open sunroof, while it was parked in the 500 block of Commercial earlier in the afternoon.

Thursday, June 18

9:33 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to an assault that occurred in the 1800 block of 22nd Street on Thursday evening. Officers arrived and observed an adult male holding a towel over his swollen left eye and an intoxicated female. Investigation on scene revealed that the male and female were friends and the woman’s boyfriend had left the scene after a brief altercation with the male on scene. APD is still investigating the assault. While on scene the female began yelling at and confronting an officer and she was restrained for officer safety purposes. Investigation also revealed that the woman had a warrant out of Anacortes Municipal Court for failure to appear on driving with license suspended and DUI charges. She was taken into custody and placed in the rear of the officer’s patrol car, then began kicking the rear window, causing it to come off track. The woman was then placed in hobbles to prevent her from causing further damage and she was placed in a different patrol vehicle, then transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on her warrant. She will also be charged with Second Degree Malicious Mischief for damaging the APD patrol vehicle.

Friday, June 19

6:27 am.  Early Friday, Anacortes Police Officers responded to the 2000 block of N Avenue in response to a 911 emergency call at that location. Officers interviewed all parties involved and arrested a 25 year-old Anacortes woman on scene for 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence (DVPA), Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a glass pipe containing what looked to be heroin residue found on her person when searched incident to arrest. The woman had been asked to move out of the residence a few weeks previous because of her drug use and had been asked to leave shortly after arriving at the home earlier that morning to get some food. A female at the residence tried to physically escort her out of the home and was struck in the face, which caused visible bruising and swelling to the victim’s face. The suspect then kicked the front door jamb multiple times, causing damage and police arrived shortly thereafter. The suspect was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on her charges. 

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