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An Anacortes boat service business reported on Friday, Nov. 27, that a client’s kicker motor and steering controller, valued at over $4,000, were stolen from the boat sometime during the previous two days. The suspect also caused approximately $1,000 worth of damage to shift and throttle cables when removing the motor. There are no suspects at this time.

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

Saturday, November 21

A 35 year-old Sedro Woolley driver was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License on Saturday morning. The driver was contacted on SR 20 for driving 75 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended for unpaid tickets since September. He was taken into custody, cited, and released on scene.

On Saturday afternoon, an Anacortes grocery store reported the theft of an $11 bottle of vodka from the store. The responding APD Officer contacted a 14 year-old juvenile female and took her into custody in a nearby parking lot based on a description provided by the store employee. She was transported to the Police Department where she was later released to a parent and informed that she was ordered not to return to the grocery store and charges of theft and minor in possession were going to be referred to the prosecutor.

Sunday, November 22

At approximately 2:30 on Sunday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed an SUV traveling northbound with a large shatter in the windshield and cardboard covering the view from other windows. The officer initiated a traffic stop at 11th Street and Commercial Avenue where the car was quickly abandoned by a tall male who walked into a nearby store. With the help of a backup officer, the suspect was taken into custody a few minutes later without incident on a District Court Warrant for Use/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was booked and released with a new court date.

Monday, November 23

A 42 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody on Monday evening at a local hotel. The subject had a felony warrant for escape from community custody and two counts of assault. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant.

A business on 4th Street contacted Anacortes Police to report an incident that had occurred over the weekend. Per the report, three plastic chairs had been taken from an outdoor patio secured by a fence and thrown in the water. The undamaged chairs were later recovered.

Wednesday, November 25

An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report an IRS scam phone call they had received. Report provided for information only. No information or money was given to the caller.

Anacortes Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary at a storage area near SR 20 east of Anacortes. Investigation on scene revealed that an unknown suspect had attempted to pry open two different trailers but was unsuccessful in their attempt.

An Anacortes driver reported that the driver of a pickup truck merged into his vehicle near the intersection of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue on Wednesday afternoon causing approximately $500 worth of damage to the victim’s vehicle. Much to the dismay of the victim, the driver of the suspect vehicle drove away from the scene.

Thursday, November 26

At approximately 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning an Anacortes Police Officer responded to a vehicle prowl resulting in the theft of the victim’s wallet. The incident occurred sometime the previous evening. There were no signs of forced entry, so the victim theorized that the vehicle may have been left unlocked overnight. There are no suspects.

Friday, November 27

A 45 year-old Sedro-Woolley man was taken into custody late early Friday morning. An alert Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed the man fueling a vehicle at a gas station on Commercial Avenue and recalled that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested on his theft warrant and released from the scene after agreeing to appear in court at a later date.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of Q Avenue contacted the driver of a Ford SUV for traveling 11 mph over the posted 25 mph speed limit. The 22 year-old Everett man driving the vehicle was contacted and the officer explained the reason for the stop. At that time, a female passenger in the vehicle told the officer that it was her fault that they were speeding because she told the driver to speed up because she was late for work. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver had a suspended/revoked license since August 2015 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. He was placed under arrest and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was released at the scene.

Saturday, November 28

Early Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a white coupe quickly turn off the roadway onto 26th Street after the marked patrol car passed by the area. The officer relocated the vehicle a short time later in the 900 block of 26th Street and spoke with two males believed to be associated with the vehicle. One of the men, a 30 year-old Oak Harbor resident, was taken into custody on an active warrant for theft out of Island County District Court. He was transported to the Island County Jail and booked on his warrant.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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