Police Beat

An Anacortes residence on 16th Street was burglarized on Tuesday morning, Dec. 8. The home was ransacked and several hundred dollars’ worth of personal items were stolen, including several packaged gifts. The perpetrator accessed the home by kicking the front door open. Investigation continues.

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

Saturday, December 5

At approximately 3AM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1100 block of 12th Street observed a Toyota sedan with expired tabs. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on K Avenue and spoke with the 18 year-old Burlington man driving the vehicle. The driver admitted to not having a license. He was cited for No Valid Operator’s License and cleared at the scene.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Stevenson Road on Saturday afternoon. The officers arrived on scene and observed two empty alcohol bottles on the ground near an older unoccupied Chevy sports car in the ditch. Further investigation revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle lived nearby and officers contacted the 58 year-old in his driveway a short time later. The subject had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath, spoke with slurred speech, and was having a hard time standing upright. The man further admitted that he had been drinking that day. The subject also had a minor scratch on his head which was consistent with damage to the vehicle. He was taken into custody on a warrant for Reckless Driving and was later cited for driving with license suspended and DUI. He was booked in the Skagit County Jail.

An Anacortes resident called Police after he attempted to capture a small loose dog near his residence on 16th Street and was bitten in the hand. An officer responded and observed a small puncture wound on the man’s hand, but was unable to locate a dog matching the description provided.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a home in the 1200 block of 8th Street on Saturday evening per the report of eggs being thrown at the residence a short time earlier. There was no damage to the residence and there are no suspects.

Monday, December 7

At approximately 4:20 AM on Monday an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a white van rapidly backing and striking a concrete parking block in the parking lot of the gas station on 12th Street. The officer stopped to speak with the 52 year-old Conway man driving the vehicle and he asked the officer if he was stuck on the parking block. The driver got out of the vehicle and discovered that he was high centered and had to lean against the vehicle to maintain his balance. He had droopy, watery eyes and spoke with slurred speech. Additionally, he smelled of alcohol and fumbled with his license, registration, and insurance documents when asked to provide them. The man performed poorly on voluntary roadside tests and provided a breath sample which yielded a result of over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was processed and later released to a sober adult.

Wednesday, December 9

A 28 year-old male and female were taken into custody on Wednesday evening by Anacortes Police Officers from a home on 22nd Street. Officers went to the home to serve a warrant on the female subject out of the Skagit County Superior Court. She was located by an APD Sergeant, handcuffed, and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrant. The male subject at the residence was also taken into custody and cited for a domestic violence No Contact Order Violation for being in the home with a female named in the no contact order. He was also taken to jail and booked on his charge.

At approximately 9:30 Wednesday evening an Anacortes Police Officer observed the driver of an older pickup driving the wrong way on a one-way street, traveling directly towards the patrol car. The 35 year-old male driver was contacted and investigation on scene revealed that he was driving with a license that had been suspended since May 2015. He was taken into custody and cited and released at the scene for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.

Thursday, December 10

Early Thursday morning, a 44 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody for a 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended warrant out of Sedro Woolley. The subject was recognized by an APD Officer on patrol and stopped while driving a vehicle on 12th Street for his warrant. The subject was cited for an additional charge of DWLS 3rd, transported to the Anacortes Police Department, and booked and released from the scene.

A $50 GPS and small pocket knife were reported stolen from a vehicle parked downtown Anacortes from December 3-5. The owner of the vehicle contacted Police to report that someone had rummaged through his vehicle while it was parked in a business parking lot. It is unknown whether the vehicle was locked at the time of entry. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes resident called Police to report that someone called to inform her that she had “won the lottery” and she needed to wire some money to collect her winnings. No money or information was exchanged. The report is for information only.

APD responded to a report of a deer with Christmas lights wrapped around its antlers. An officer located the deer and a nearby Fish and Game Officer who took over the call.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1100 block of 29th Street recognized the driver of a silver sedan pass by him. The 32 year-old male driving the vehicle was known to have a warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and took the subject into custody without incident. He was transported to the Skagit 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

1,107 Skagit Cases (+0)
<60 Cases in ZIP 98221

98 Hospitalizations (+0)
22 Deaths (+0)
38,060 Tests
NA% Positive

87,042 Cases Statewide (+404)
7,483 Hospitalizations (+6)

2,124 Deaths Statewide (+24)

Updated 9:00 pm September 29, 2020.

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