Police Beat

A local woman came to the APD lobby on Tuesday afternoon with approximately $2,000 cash she had found in a bank envelope at a local business.

APD staff contacted the bank and bank staff tracked down the rightful owner of the cash who had inadvertently misplaced the envelope. On Thursday morning, the cash was claimed by the owner whose intention was to contact the person who had found her money and thank her for her efforts. 

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

Friday, October 23

Officers of the Anacortes Police Department along with APD Narcotics K-9, Xander, joined Detectives with the Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit (SCIDEU) and served a search warrant at an Anacortes residence on ‘N’ Avenue. Probable cause existed for the arrest of one of the home’s occupants for controlled substance violations.

Once inside the residence, officers arrested a 23 year-old male for alleged controlled substance violations and his 25 year-old girlfriend. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail. The 23 year-old male is being held on multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, as well as a firearms violation. The 25 year-old female is being held on charges of possession with intent to deliver. Officers also contacted two adult females in the residence who were later cleared and allowed to return to the home.

A subsequent search of the residence resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin.

Saturday, October 24

A resident of central Anacortes contacted Police on Saturday evening to report that someone had accessed her vehicle sometime overnight and taken a small lock box. There are no suspects.

A 67 year-old Tulalip woman was issued a traffic infraction on Saturday for Failure to Yield Right of Way. An Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to the corner of 5th and Commercial to investigate the non-injury collision. Investigation revealed that the Tulalip driver was eastbound on 5th Street and had stopped at the Commercial Street intersection, then pulled out and struck a Chevy sedan which was southbound on Commercial.

Sunday, October 25

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the early morning hours on Sunday contacted a 49 year-old Marysville man for driving his sedan with a strap holding down the trunk which obstructed the view of the license plate. The driver was contacted in the 1100 block of 2nd Street and investigation on scene revealed that his license was suspended for failure to appear on unpaid tickets since October 2nd. He was issued a citation and released from the scene.

Monday, October 26

The Anacortes Police Department’s School Resource Officer took a malicious mischief report from the parent of a high school student on Monday afternoon. The parent stated that his daughter had taken his late model Jeep to school the previous week and someone had placed leaves and branches on the hood causing approximately $300 in damage to the painted surface. There are no suspects.

A 53 year-old Anacortes man was cited and released for Malicious Mischief—Domestic Violence on Monday evening. Police responded to the man’s residence per a report from his wife that he had swiped a drinking glass from her hand causing it to break on the floor. The incident occurred after a lengthy argument about a text message the woman had received earlier that evening. The male subject was provided a courtesy transport to meet up with a friend with whom he would be staying for the evening.

Tuesday, October 27

An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report a voicemail received from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS. The astute resident reported it for information only as he knew it was a scam.

A 15 year-old juvenile male known to Anacortes Police was taken into custody by an APD Officer late Tuesday afternoon at a location on R Avenue. The juvenile had a warrant for violating the terms of his release. The officer took the male into custody without incident and a backup officer arrived to transport the juvenile to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center. At that time, a 16 year-old female was also arrested for obstructing after she repeatedly yelled expletives at the officer and failed to obey directives given by the officer to step back from the scene. She was transported to APD and later released to an adult.

At approximately 9:00 PM on Tuesday evening an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a single car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of SR 20 and R Avenue. The officer spoke with the 28 year-old Bellingham driver whose speech was slurred and had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath. He was taken into custody for investigation of Driving Under the Influence. He was transported to APD and provided breath test results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on a DUI charge.

Wednesday, October 28

At approximately 9:00 AM on Wednesday an Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol contacted the driver of a Jeep for driving through a stop sign at the intersection of Anaco Beach Road and Bryce Drive. Investigation on scene revealed that the 39 year-old Anacortes driver was driving with a suspended license. He was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Failure to Stop at an Intersection/Stop Sign and released from the scene.

Anacortes Police were dispatched to a found-property detail in Anacortes on Wednesday morning. The officer met with the reporting party who had found a lost purse. The officer took possession of the purse and contacted the owner based on ID found therein. The owner was not aware that her purse was missing and stated that she had left it in her vehicle overnight. Further investigation revealed that the woman’s vehicle had been prowled sometime the previous evening and the perpetrator had likely accessed the vehicle through the unlocked door. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a cold vehicle prowl late Wednesday morning. The reporting party showed the officer her sports car that had been broken into the previous night by smashing the rear window and approximately $30 in loose change and CDs had been taken. There are no suspects.

A new Anacortes resident contacted Police on Wednesday to report that he had lost $1,400 in a real estate rental scam. The victim reported that he had found a rental on Craigslist and had sent a check to someone claiming to have rights to the property. A family member discovered that the property had already been rented out to someone else through a local property management company.

On Wednesday evening, Anacortes Police were advised of a physical domestic that had occurred in West Anacortes earlier in the day. The reporting party stated that her ex-husband had threatened her verbally, pushed her into a wall, and grabbed her by the throat when she had stopped by his house earlier that evening. The 34 year-old male suspect was contacted at his home and taken into custody without incident for an outstanding warrant out of Anacortes Municipal Court for Failure to Appear on a DUI charge. The man was transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant and an additional charge of Domestic Violence Assault.

Friday, October 30

At about midnight on Friday, a resident on J Avenue contacted Anacortes Police to report that someone had thrown a pumpkin at their windshield and broken it, possibly from a moving vehicle. There are no suspects.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Over Time

166 Positive Cases (+5)
130/100,000 population
21 Hospitalized (+2)
4 Deaths
3/100,000 population
711 Tested as of 4/4
22.4% Tested Positive

Updated April 6, 2020
Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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