Police Beat

A construction company on Wednesday reported the theft of over $500 in shingles from a job site in the Rock Ridge area, one of an ongoing series of such thefts.

There have been repeated thefts from construction sites in the area and residents of Rock Ridge are asked to call 911 if they see suspicious vehicles moving about near the construction sites after hours. If you have some idea of who may be responsible for any of the recent thefts from construction sites please call the APD Tipline at 299-1985. All calls can be made anonymously.

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

Saturday, September 26

1:00 pm. A 34 year-old Camano Island man was cited for criminal trespass on Saturday. APD investigation on scene revealed that the man entered a vacant Anacortes apartment through an unlocked door. The man entered the residence without permission from the tenants to grab a friend’s cell phone.

Sunday, September 27

12:37 am. The driver of a green station wagon was contacted in the 1300 block of 12th Street after an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol observed the vehicle traveling without headlights during nighttime hours. The 21 year-old Anacortes driver stated she was just leaving a local bar and when asked to provide her driver’s license, was only able to provide a Washington State ID. The Sergeant smelled alcohol coming from the driver’s breath and her eyes were watery and bloodshot. The woman was arrested for DUI and transported to APD after failing voluntary roadside field sobriety tests and providing a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. In addition, the woman received an infraction for No Valid Operator’s License with ID. She was released from APD to a sober adult.

11:48 am. An Anacortes resident in Skyline contacted Police late Sunday morning to report that a rock had been thrown through one of their front windows sometime in the previous week causing approximately $300 worth of damage. There are no suspects in this case.

4:47 pm. A grocery store manager called Police on Sunday afternoon to report the attempted theft of grocery items. Two adult male suspects were identified and cited with theft charges and removed from the store. Additionally, one of the men had two warrants out of Skagit County agencies for theft charges. He was booked and released on his warrants and additional theft charge.

7:08 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer responded to T Avenue on Sunday afternoon per the report of an intoxicated motorcyclist who had tipped over on his motorcycle, got back up, and continued traveling westbound. Based on a description of the bike and rider, the officer was able to locate the vehicle and contacted the rider in the 1100 block of 9th Street after observing the motorcycle make a wide right-hand turn onto 9th Street, fully traveling to the left side of the street. The 54 year-old Mount Vernon motorcyclist performed poorly on voluntary roadside tests and smelled of alcohol. As a result of his investigation, the officer took the cyclist into custody on DUI charges and he was taken to jail.

Monday, September 28

7:13 am. Anacortes Police Officers and the Anacortes Fire Department were dispatched to the 700 block of Q Avenue early Monday morning per the report of a car versus pedestrian collision. The reporting party called 911 to report that she had struck a pedestrian walking in the intersection. Investigation on scene revealed that the windows of the woman’s vehicle were fogged and she did not see the person crossing the street. The driver received an infraction for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in the Crosswalk. The pedestrian was treated by medics on scene.

8:20 am. Anacortes Police were dispatched to a call in downtown Anacortes per the report of a motorcycle owner reporting damage to the steering lock and ignition on his motorcycle resulting in approximately $1,500 worth of damage. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, September 29

11:52 am. An Anacortes resident contacted Police on Tuesday morning to report a broken window on an SUV parked in their driveway. There are no suspects in this case.

1:49 pm. Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a two car, blocking collision with injuries at the intersection of 8th Street and Q Avenue. Investigation on scene revealed that the first vehicle pulled from the east curb of Q Avenue and struck a second vehicle traveling northbound. In speaking with the 28 year-old driver of the second vehicle, it was determined that he did not have a license, insurance, or an interlock device as required by law for his vehicle. He was cited and released from the scene. The 61 year-old driving the first vehicle was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way. AFD was also on scene tending to the injured parties.

2:22 pm. A 4x4 post and mailbox were missing from an Anacortes residence on Tuesday afternoon. Based on evidence remaining on scene such as slight skid marks on grass and gravel in the area, the officer thought a vehicle may have lost control when cornering and struck the mailbox. There are no suspects.

8:27 pm. Police were dispatched to a grocery store on Commercial Avenue per the report of a man panhandling in the area. Police spoke with the Auburn man who stated that he was trying to get enough money to return home.

Wednesday, September 30

A residential burglary was reported on Highland Drive. A rock was thrown through a window of the home while it was unoccupied. The suspect(s) entered the home and took a number of items, and then left in the victim’s car, which was parked in the garage. The stolen car was later found abandoned.

During the afternoon of Sept 30th Anacortes Officers developed information that a 45 year old Anacortes man had a felony warrant out for his arrest from the Washington State Department of Corrections. The man was reportedly staying at a downtown motel. Officers went to the motel and located the man, who surrendered peaceably and was taken to the Police Department. Officers from the Dept. of Corrections came to Anacortes PD later in the evening and took custody of the subject.

Thursday, October 1st

A resident of Kingsway reported that sometime overnight someone had tried to pry open the battery storage compartment of their motorhome. The storage compartment locks were damaged by the would-be thief.

Officers responded to a collision at an unidentified gas station on Commercial Ave just before noon. One person had been standing next to their car and pumping gas when another car pulled in, failed to stop in time, and struck the parked vehicle that was fueling. In an effort to get out of the way, the owner of the parked car tripped and injured her wrist. No other injuries were reported.

At about 10:30 PM Officers were dispatched to a possible prowler complaint on M Ave. The homeowner reported hearing a tapping sound in the backyard and the sound of things being moved around. Officers check the yard and found several deer helping themselves to the apple trees.

Friday, October 2nd

Just after 4:00 AM an Officer stopped a vehicle that was traveling approximately 40 MPH in a 25 MPH zone on Anaco Beach Road. The driver stated she was speeding so that her passenger could make it to the ferry on time. The officer checked the license of the driver and found that it was suspended. After making arrangements for the passenger to be able to make it to the ferry, the driver was arrested and cited for driving on a suspended license. Her vehicle was left parked at the State Ferry Terminal.

At about 4:30 AM an officer stopped a vehicle after noting that it had expired registration tabs. He recognized the driver of the vehicle as someone he had arrested for driving on a suspended license about a week ago. The 38-year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle admitted that her license was still suspended and she knew that she should not have been driving. The officer placed her under arrest and she was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license as well a ticket for driving on an expired vehicle registration. She was advised of her court date and released. Her vehicle was left parked at the scene.

A resident of the Copper Pond neighborhood called to report that her dog had been attacked and bitten by two other dogs while she was out for a walk in the neighborhood. She told the responding officer that the owner of the dogs had claimed that she was trying to train her dogs, so she had not had them on a leash at the time. The reporting party’s dog had a puncture wound as a result of being bitten. The matter has been referred over to the Animal Control Officer for further investigation.

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