Police Beat

Police arrested an Anacortes man who had apparently been living in a storage container at a Skyline mini-storage.

The owner of Lighthouse RV Park and Mini Storage contacted Police Sunday morning to report that they had reason to believe that a tenant’s family member was residing in one of their storage units and they wished to have the individual removed from the business. Officers responded to the storage area and contacted a 21 year-old Anacortes man sleeping on a mattress therein. In addition to the mattress, officers discovered a dresser and table as well as several drug paraphernalia items in the storage unit such as a small baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine, a used needle, a burnt spoon and foil as well as a straw and wadded up plastic wrap containing a brown substance, presumably heroin.

The man was informed that he was not allowed to reside in the storage unit and taken into custody on an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant as well as a Department of Corrections warrant. He was transported to APD where he was later turned over to Department of Corrections Officers. The man also faces additional charges of Violation of the Controlled Substance Act and Burglary.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, August 8

1:09 am.  In the early morning hours, an APD Officer received a call of a small blue pickup traveling westbound on SR 20 in and out of its lane of travel. Moments later, the reporting party called 911 again with new information that the vehicle was now disabled on the side of the road near the intersection of SR 20 and Reservation Road. The responding officer arrived on scene and observed a male lying on the ground near the vehicle assessing a badly damaged flat tire. The subject’s words were slurred when speaking with the officer and he later admitted to consuming 6 or 7 beers earlier that evening. In addition, the 25 year-old Clear Lake man had watery, droopy eyes, and had very poor balance, using his vehicle to assist him so he would not fall. Based on his observations, including poor performance on field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the man for DUI and transported him to APD. At the station, the man provided two breath samples measuring nearly three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. Further investigation also revealed that he did not have a valid driver’s license and he received an additional charge for No Valid Operator’s License With Valid ID. He was released from the station with a copy of his DUI citation and infraction for no valid license.  

12:51 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol at the intersection of ‘N’ Avenue and 8th Street observed a Dodge minivan with an obscured license plate in the area and initiated a traffic stop. The 51 year-old Burlington man driving the vehicle was found to be operating his vehicle without a license and was issued a citation for Driving With License Suspended.

Sunday, August 9

7:56 pm.  An out of town visitor taking part in the Anacortes Arts Festival had permission from employees of a downtown restaurant to charge his iPad at their business. The man called police on Sunday evening because upon his return to retrieve the device earlier that afternoon, he was unable to locate it and reported it stolen.  There are no suspects at this time.  

Monday, August 10

2:21 am.  Early on Monday morning, APD Officers were dispatched to 4th Street per the report of an assault. A 42 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody at that address per investigation on scene that revealed that the man had gotten involved in an argument with his previous roommate over some items missing from his vehicle. The argument turned physical and he struck his previous roommate several times in the face. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on an Assault 4th Degree—Domestic Violence charge.

4:08 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to the report of an intoxicated male leaving a downtown restaurant in his vehicle. An officer on patrol located a vehicle matching the description on R Avenue and followed it for several blocks, observing the vehicle travel in and out of its lane of travel and nearly driving into the ditch on two occasions. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the 75 year-old Anacortes driver on Haddon Road. In speaking with the driver, the officer observed that he had watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The driver took several voluntary roadside tests and performed poorly on them. Further, a portable breath test yielded results of just over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The man was taken into custody on DUI charges and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he continued to exhibit signs consistent with alcohol intoxication such as poor balance and a strong smell of intoxicants coming from his breath. After receiving his citation, he was transported to his home and released to a family member.

Tuesday, August 11

11:44 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to 28th Street per the report of fraudulent charges to her debit card from the previous evening totaling just over $20. Investigation on scene revealed that the woman’s 17 year-old daughter had taken the card and purchased several fast food items. Theft charges are pending.

Wednesday, August 12

7:50 am.  A woman contacted police on Wednesday morning to report that someone had struck her vehicle causing approximately $1,100 worth of damage to the front quarter panel sometime during the day while it was parked in the lot at a local medical facility. There are no suspects.

9:37 am.  A 26 year-old Anacortes woman and her male passenger of the same age were taken into custody by Anacortes Police Officers. Police received a report of an erratically driven car on westbound SR20 and made contact with the vehicle a few minutes later in the 2300 block of 25th Street. The vehicle had expired tabs since February 2015 and identified the female driver by her Washington State ID card. Further investigation revealed that the woman’s license was suspended and she had a Skagit County District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear on a driving charge. She was booked and released from the scene on her charges. The male passenger in the vehicle was also determined to have warrants—one for failure to register as a sex offender and one Department of Corrections warrant for escaping from community custody. He was taken to jail. Further, the female driver’s mother responded to the area to take custody of the vehicle and it was determined that she did not have a valid driver’s license. As such, she was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and released from the scene.

4:38 pm.  Anacortes Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress call on N Avenue in Anacortes. The initial APD Officer arrived and contacted a 60 year-old Sedro Woolley man walking away from the residence. The officer detained the male subject and performed an on-scene investigation. Additional officers arrived a short time later and interviewed the victims who stated that the man had come to their front door and yelled profanities at them and stated that he wanted them to open the door. When the homeowners opened the door, the suspect attempted to enter the home, but was shut out and the door locked which prevented entry. Police then arrested the man and transported him to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on a residential burglary charge. 

Thursday, August 13

11:41 am.  Anacortes Police recognized a 62 year-old male near the library who had an active warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court for failure to appear on a Physical Control charge. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,241 Skagit Cases (+2)
<70 Cases in ZIP 98221

104 Hospitalizations (+0)
23 Deaths (+0)

103,500 Cases Statewide (+587)
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2,321 Deaths Statewide (+25)

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