Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to 22nd Street and R Avenue on Thursday evening about 8:00 pm for a one-car accident.

The Sergeant spoke with the 64 year-old male driver of the vehicle who admitted that he had a hard time seeing in the dark and had hit something with his vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had sustained front-end damage after striking a nearby light pole. The subject smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on roadside sobriety tests. He was then taken into custody on DUI charges and transported to the Anacortes PD where breath tests yielded results of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle.

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

Sunday, November 29

A resident on F Avenue contacted Anacortes Police to report that their house had been hit with some eggs at about 5:00 in the afternoon. No suspect information was provided.

A Rosario Way resident contacted Anacortes Police on Sunday morning to report that someone had entered their unlocked pickup sometime in the previous 24 hours and taken a cellphone and two credit cards from the vehicle. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to H Avenue on Sunday morning to investigate a vehicle prowl that had occurred sometime the previous evening. The victim’s vehicle window was smashed and her purse containing miscellaneous items was taken. There are no suspects in this case.

Monday, November 30

At approximately midnight on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 contacted the driver of a silver sedan for expired registration tabs. The 41 year-old male driver had a suspended driving status since November 9, 2015 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. The driver was taken into custody on a Driving With License Suspended 3rd Degree charge and released at the scene.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted a 55 year-old Mount Vernon man sleeping in front of a commercial building on R Avenue early Monday morning. The subject was uncooperative and argumentative with the officer and provided a bogus name when asked who he was. The officer took the man into custody after a backup officer arrived to assist with the subject who physically resisted arrest. The man was booked and released on charges of 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass, Obstruct Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

Wednesday, December 2

A 22 year-old Anacortes man was booked and released on a warrant out of Mount Vernon on Wednesday afternoon. Anacortes Officers contacted the man on 28th Street as they suspected that people were living in their vehicles in the area. The subject was taken into custody, transported to APD, and released a short time later. 

Thursday, December 3

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted the driver of an older model van at approximately 2AM on Thursday for inoperable taillights on the vehicle. The 31 year-old Guemes Island man was later determined to be driving with a license that had been suspended as of February 2015. The man was placed under arrest and cited for Driving With License Suspended 3rd Degree, given an infraction for not having insurance, and released from the scene. 

An Anacortes resident in the central portion of the city contacted Anacortes Police on Thursday morning to report an attempted burglary that had occurred sometime in the previous several weeks. The home owner noticed damage to a side door of the garage that had been kicked in, with visible shoe prints still on the door. The home owner did not observe any further damage to the home or items missing from the garage or the home. There are no suspects.

Friday, December 4

A 29 year-old man was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail early Friday morning. The subject was contacted in his vehicle at a park and ride on March’s Point Road for loitering. Further investigation on scene revealed that the subject had a Department of Corrections warrant for 1st Degree Attempted Robbery. He was taken into custody and booked in the jail on his warrant.

A 23 year-old La Conner man was cited for the theft of a $10 electronic item from a local gas station. Police received a call from a gas station employee about 6AM that day reference a male suspect who had left the store without paying for a small electronic item. Based on information from the report and a suspect description, the man was located and admitted that he had “made a mistake”. He was cited and released at the Anacortes Police Department.

A 28 year-old Anacortes woman received a criminal citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and an infraction for Operating a Vehicle Without Current/Proper Registration; Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance; and Cellphone Use While Driving on Friday afternoon. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1200 block of J Avenue observed the woman driving a white sedan while holding her cellphone to her ear. The driver was contacted and asked for her license, proof of insurance, and registration. She stated that she did not have any of the items requested and further investigation revealed that her driver’s license had been suspended since 2012 for an unpaid ticket. She was released at the scene after promising to appear to her assigned court date and stating that a licensed driver would pick her up. 

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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