Police Beat

Anacortes Police Officers have received over 20 reports of IRS scam calls on Monday.

The fraudulent callers were claiming to represent the IRS and were very demanding even to the point of threatening incarceration if they did not receive immediate payment. Fortunately, each caller reported that no personal identifying information or money had been given out, they just wanted to notify Police.

If you receive a similar call, hang up and do not provide any personal identifying information. If you think you may owe the IRS money, contact them at 1-800-829-1040.

For further information, visit www.irs.gov and search 'Scam Phone Calls' for articles about what you can do to protect yourself from scam calls and steps the IRS is taking to combat the ongoing fraud call trend.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, September 12

3:15 am.  A 26 year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody by Anacortes Police early Saturday morning and booked on Malicious Mischief and Domestic Violence Assault charges. The woman had called 911 from a residence on 12th Street stating that she had been in an argument with her boyfriend and that she had been injured in the course of the argument. An Anacortes Police Officer investigated the report and determined that the woman was primary aggressor in the altercation and had broken a glass door panel which had caused the injury she sustained. Police took the woman into custody at the hospital and transported her to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on her charges.

8:53 am.  A resident on L Avenue discovered that his driver’s side pickup window was broken out sometime over the weekend, with a replacement cost of approximately $300. There are no suspects in this incident.

6:23 pm.  A 34 year-old Anacortes man was arrested by Anacortes Police and booked at the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Felony Violation of a No Contact Order. An Anacortes Police Officer had responded to a report that the man had just been at a home on 27th Street in violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order. The officer’s investigation revealed that the man had been at the residence and made contact with the subject in the 2500 block of Q Avenue where he was taken into custody without incident and taken to jail.  

11:07 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted two groups of individuals at the Upper Cap Sante Lookout after hours. Investigation on scene revealed that one of the individuals, a 32 year-old man from Oak Harbor, had a Skagit County District Court warrant for Unlawful Imprisonment and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. He was taken into custody, transported to APD, and released on scene with a new court date to which he promised to appear.

Sunday, September 13

4:26 pm.  A 26 year-old Seattle man received an infraction for Following Too Close when the Honda Civic he was driving struck the rear of a Jeep while both vehicles were traveling southbound on Commercial Avenue near 21st Street. There were no injuries.

Monday, September 14

8:43 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Rockridge Parkway on Monday per the report of a construction trailer that had been broken into over the weekend. The officer arrive on scene and spoke with the contractor who stated that the trailer had been broken into over the weekend and approximately $5,000 worth of tools and equipment had been stolen. No suspects have been identified. 

3:12 pm.  A 30 year-old Anacortes woman was arrested by Anacortes Police for 3rd Degree Theft charges. Police were investigating a report of suspicious activity at the library earlier in the afternoon. The reporting party stated that he observed a woman take an unsecured mountain bike from the bike rack and ride off with it, throwing the attached helmet to the ground. A short time after the initial report was received, a mountain bike was reported stolen from the library. Approximately two hours later, an Anacortes Police Sergeant who was aware of the bike and suspect description, contacted a woman riding a bike in the 1000 block of 27th Street. The serial numbers and description matched perfectly with information the owner had provided and the woman was taken into custody and booked and released on theft charges.

3:54 pm.  A Subaru Forrester struck the rear of a Lexus SUV while traveling northbound on SR 20 near Fidalgo Bay Road. The SUV driver slowed for traffic build-up, and was struck by the rear vehicle driven by a 29 year-old Anacortes man. The Subaru driver received an infraction for Following Too Close. There were no injuries.

6:21 pm.  A local couple contacted Anacortes Police to report that their juvenile son had been approached by a young male outside of the Anacortes Middle School and struck with a light punch to the stomach. Police have identified the male and a trespass notice (a notice not to return) is pending from all Anacortes School District property.

Tuesday, September 15

7:15 am.  A resident on 10th Street called Police to report that at approximately 6:40 AM they were awakened by someone jiggling their door knob. No one entered the home and there are no suspects in this incident.

Wednesday, September 16

5:00 pm.  An Anacortes resident came to the Police Station on Wednesday afternoon to report that someone had stolen a blue, silver, and white Trek 4500 bicycle from outside his residence on H Avenue approximately two weeks prior. The bicycle was under repair and did not have tires or wheels attached at the time it was stolen. If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of this bike, please call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985.

Thursday, September 17

2:25 am.  Anacortes Police were conducting a house check on a residence in the 1000 block of 22nd Street as a result of previous reports that someone was staying at the residence without permission. A 51 year-old male was contacted at the residence and placed under arrest for 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing. He was cited on scene and released.   

5:17 pm.  A 35 year-old Mount Vernon man was cited for Following Too Close when the Toyota pickup he was driving struck the rear of a Subaru Outback causing that vehicle to lurch forward and strike an additional vehicle. All three vehicles involved sustained reportable damage and the Outback driver sustained possible injuries. 

Friday, September 18

12:24 am.  Dispatched received a suspicious vehicle call early Friday morning. The suspicious vehicles were determined to be two Anacortes PD patrol cars that were checking the lower lot of the Anacortes High School.

3:45 am.  An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report that she had opened her garage door and observed someone was standing in her garage. The person then ran off. Nothing appeared to be disturbed in the woman’s home or garage. There are no suspects. 

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