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At approximately 11:15 PM on Wednesday evening, the Anacortes Police Department was dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the Country Corner store at 7601 SR 20 near Sharpe’s Corner. The store clerk told police that just a few moments earlier an unarmed white male in his 20’s or 30’s wearing a gray colored plaid hat with ear covers, a gray sweater, and blue jeans came to the cash register to pay for two items and then jumped the counter. The suspect pushed his way past the clerk, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register, and fled the scene southbound on foot to a vehicle parked up the road approximately one block. The suspect then got in the vehicle and the vehicle traveled southbound on SR 20. APD would like to speak with the suspect. Anyone with further information about this incident should call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985 reference case #16-A01772.

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

Saturday, March 12

Early Saturday afternoon, Anacortes Police took a report of a cold burglary that had occurred in the 1100 block of 14th Street. The reporting party told police that her camper trailer had sustained $250 in damage to the door when someone pried it open and she believed that someone had slept inside the camper. Nothing further had been removed or destroyed in the camper. There are no suspects. 

Tuesday, March 15

Early Tuesday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near Sharpe’s Corner observed a van in a parking lot in the area with a temporary license plate on the rear. The officer stopped and spoke with the male and female occupants of the vehicle who were now out and opened the hood to address a mechanical issue. The officer did not get a return on the temporary license plate, and the registered owner of the vehicle, a 24-year old La Conner woman, stated that she had the plates but had not put them on yet. 

Further investigation revealed that the 32-year old La Conner male on scene had a warrant out of District Court for Driving With License Suspended. He was taken into custody, transported to APD, then booked and released with a new court date. Additionally, officers were able to view a large duffle bag and several backpacks in the back of the van. APD’s K-9 performed an exterior sniff of the van and indicated twice at two different locations. The vehicle was impounded as evidence and a search warrant was granted for a more thorough search of the interior of the vehicle which was performed later in the day. 

The vehicle search yielded the discovery of several drug paraphernalia items including 4 drug pipes, as well as used foil, a small knife and scale instructions which all contained heroin residue. A citation for possession of drug paraphernalia was sent to the court for mailing to the 24-year old La Conner woman who owns the vehicle and was at the scene at the time of the incident. 

Thursday, March 17

At approximately 8:00 Thursday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 7th Street observed a sedan traveling in the area with a broken taillight. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1000 block of 7th Street and spoke with the 28-year old male driver from Big Lake. The driver was determined to have a suspended license since 2012 for failure to appear on unpaid tickets and was taken into custody, cited for driving with license suspended and issued a traffic citation for no insurance. The driver was released from the scene after acknowledging his mandatory court date the following week.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on westbound SR 20 observed a vehicle with an inoperable headlight. The officer conducted a traffic stop at Sharp’s Corner and the 27-year old Oak Harbor driver was found to have an out of state driver’s license that was suspended. The driver was taken into custody, issued a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and released from the scene.

Just after noon on Friday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to SR 20 near March’s Point Road for a two vehicle motor vehicle accident. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver of a Subaru struck the rear of pickup that had slowed to a stop at the intersection. The 31-year old Clinton driver was issued a traffic infraction for Following Too Close and the Subaru was towed from the scene due to front end damage.

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

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