Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Corporal stopped a Mount Vernon resident on his way out of Anacortes driving a stolen a car.

An Anacortes resident called 911 on Wednesday evening, Feb. 3, at approximately 7:00 PM advising that his car had just been stolen. Based on the vehicle description, an Anacortes Police Corporal identified and contacted the vehicle and the 30-year old male from Mount Vernon driving it near the intersection of Thompson Road and State Route 20. At first contact, the male driver attempted to flee on foot, but quickly complied with officer commands to return to the vehicle and was taken into custody. The suspect was taken to the Skagit County Jail for investigation of taking a motor vehicle without permission.

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

Friday,  January 29

A juvenile female was taken into custody at the high school on Friday afternoon by the APD School Resource Officer who discovered that the juvenile had a Skagit County Juvenile Court warrant for theft. The juvenile was transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center where she was booked on her warrant. 

A local restaurant manager contacted APD on Friday afternoon to report that a bowl of candy intended for patron use had been stolen by a juvenile male from the front counter the previous day. The manager provided video footage of the incident and an Anacortes Police Officer spoke with the male who was ordered not to return to the restaurant and charged with theft. 

An Anacortes boat owner contacted the Police Department to report approximately $1,300 in fishing equipment that was stolen from his boat and a marina storage locker sometime in the previous two months. There are no suspects. 

Saturday, January 30

A 10TH Street business owner contacted Police on Saturday afternoon to report the theft of approximately $100 worth of merchandise and approximately $45 worth of property damage to an exterior gate at the business. The incident had occurred sometime in the previous day or two. There are no suspects. 

A little before midnight on Saturday, Anacortes Police were dispatched per the report of an SUV that had struck a tree near A Avenue and Forest Park Lane. An Anacortes Police Officer on scene contacted the 26-year old female driver who was asked if she had had anything to drink that evening. She stated that she had had a glass of wine to drink. The driver smelled of intoxicants and had watery, bloodshot eyes. Further, the driver did not follow simple instructions provided for the voluntary roadside test and demonstrated poor balance when taking the tests. The driver was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for processing. She provided a breath sample which yielded results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was then given a copy of her citation and released from the scene to a family member.  

Sunday, January 31

A 43-year old Anacortes man was charged with 4th Degree Domestic Violence per the report that a 17-year old juvenile male had been pushed by the 43-year old subject and the two ended up wrestling on the ground. Further investigation revealed that the altercation followed a brief verbal dispute between the two roommates. A criminal citation was sent to the court to be mailed to the suspect. 

An Anacortes woman contacted Police to report that her vehicle had been stolen Saturday night near the ferry terminal. A short time later, the woman contacted Police to inform them she had located her vehicle which had been moved by a friend. 

Monday, February 1

An older model Chevy pickup was towed by APD on Monday morning after an Anacortes Police Officer noticed that the vehicle was parked partially in the roadway for approximately 40 minutes in the 5000 block of Oakes Avenue. Attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle were unsuccessful and the vehicle, with keys hanging from the ignition, was impounded. 

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted the driver of a Toyota sedan at approximately 9PM on Monday near 12th Street and Commercial Avenue. The 50-year old Anacortes woman was advised of her defective headlight and asked for her license and registration. She was unable to provide a driver’s license and was found to have a suspended driver’s license since November 2015 for unpaid tickets. She was issued a citation for Driving With License Suspended 3rd and released at the scene with the vehicle and a licensed driver. 

A Commercial Avenue coffee shop patron called 911 late Monday evening to report that someone had stolen his motorcycle helmet and jacket valued at over $200. The man told Anacortes Police that he had placed the items on his motorcycle before going into the shop to meet friends approximately 45 minutes previous and when he came out to leave, he noticed the items were gone. An attempt to locate potential suspects was unsuccessful. 

Wednesday, February 3

Anacortes Police were dispatched to the area of T Avenue and 6th Street per the report of two suspicious individuals who appeared to have dropped narcotics. An Anacortes Police Corporal and Officer responded to the area to speak with two individuals and determined that the 27-year old male subject had a warrant for theft and was taken into custody on the warrant and searched incident to arrest. The male had a small baggy containing heroin, several drug paraphernalia items, and eight Cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride pills. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. 

Thursday, February 4

A little after noon on Thursday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1200 block of 24th Street contacted a 53-year old Anacortes man known to have a felony warrant. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and took the man into custody on his warrant. A search of his person, incident to arrest, yielded a small baggy containing a white crystalline substance, methamphetamine. The man was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. 

A 41-year old Oak Harbor man was charged with theft for stealing approximately $120 worth of grocery items at approximately 11 PM on Thursday. Anacortes Police arrived on scene shortly after a 911 call was placed by a store employee and spoke with the suspect in his vehicle. The man admitted to his involvement in the case, stating that he was picking up items for his son’s birthday. He was taken into custody and released from the scene after receiving his theft citation. 

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

4,942 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.

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