Police Beat

At just after 8AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes resident contacted police to report three individuals acting strange and running up and down the Tommy Thompson trail in the 2600 block of 29th Street. 

An Anacortes Police Corporal responded to the scene and spoke with a male matching a description provided by the reporting party. The 25-year old Mount Vernon man identified himself and was later determined to have multiple outstanding warrants out of Mount Vernon and Burlington Municipal Courts and two District Court warrants for resisting arrest and no valid operators license without ID. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Anacortes Police Department. He was then booked and released from the scene. 

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week. I will have more items on Monday.

Saturday, April 30

The driver of a Toyota sedan was hit broadside by another vehicle of similar size at the intersection of Anacopper Mine Road and Oakes Avenue. The driver was entering Oakes from Anacopper and checked the westbound lanes, but failed to see the sedan traveling eastbound towards her. The 16-year old female driving the Toyota was treated for minor injuries and deemed to be at-fault in this incident. She was cited for fail to yield right of way-left turn. 

At approximately 2PM on Saturday afternoon, APD took a report from a woman who had been running in the area of Seafarers Way approximately 20 minutes prior when a female attempted to assault her. An officer responded to the scene at the time of the call but was unable to locate anyone matching the description provided. Anacortes Police did not receive any related calls to this incident and there are no suspects. The reporting party has opted not to pursue charges. It does not appear there is any danger to the public at this time. 

Sunday, May 1

A Dodge SUV was rear ended on Sunday afternoon while it waited in the left-hand turn lane of westbound SR 20 at Sharp’s Corner. The 28-year old Oak Harbor man driving the van that struck the SUV did not notice that traffic was slowing and failed to stop. He was cited for following too close. There were no injuries. 

Monday, May 2

At approximately 2:15 on Monday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a red sedan merge into the eastbound lanes of SR 20 from S. March’s Point Road and travel westbound towards Anacortes. The vehicle traveled approximately 500 feet before crossing the median back into the westbound lanes and was contacted by the officer at that time. The sole occupant, a 24-year old Mount Vernon man, was advised of the reason for the stop. The driver smelled strongly of intoxicants, had watery eyes, and responded slowly to questions asked by the officer. He refused offerings to take roadside sobriety or portable breath tests and was taken into custody for DUI. The driver was later taken to the hospital for a blood draw and the blood was taken as evidence and later sent to the lab for analysis. The driver was released to a sober adult from the police station a short time later. 

A set of chrome plated 17-inch pickup rims were stolen from the roadside on D Avenue sometime in the early morning hours on Monday. The owner reported it to police and stated that they are worth approximately $400. There are no suspects at this time. 

A black Diamond brand women’s bike was reported stolen from a home on 34th Street sometime between April 28th and 30th. The bike is worth approximately $200 and no suspects have been identified. 

An Anacortes woman reported that her son’s blue and white Trek kids bike was stolen from in front of her home on the 1700 block of 36th Street sometime between 4 and 4:15 on Monday afternoon. 

In light of recent bicycle thefts, Anacortes residents are reminded of APD’s bicycle registration forms that are available on the website. The registration forms allow bike owners to register their bikes, to include serial numbers, in order to expedite the recovery process. 

At approximately 8:30 on Monday evening an SUV driver was contacted on eastbound SR 20 due to a partially obstructed license plate. The APD Officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Thompson Road and advise the 38-year old Mount Vernon man of the reason for the stop. The driver admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license and further investigation revealed that is had been suspended since 2006. He was cited and released for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and switched places with a passenger who had a valid license. 

Tuesday, May 3

A West 3rd Street resident contacted APD to report that their cat was stuck under their back deck. The Animal Control Officer responded and set a live trap in the back yard to catch the cat. The following day the cat owner called and stated that the cat had been captured. 

At 10:17 on Tuesday night, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a pickup with a broken taillight and registration tabs that were expired as of June 2013. The 46-year old Mount Vernon man driving the vehicle immediately admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license, that it had been suspended for almost 20 years. He was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for driving with license suspended and a traffic citation for expired registration. He was released from the scene and agreed to wait for a licensed driver to take he and his vehicle home. 

Thursday, May 4

A Ford pickup rear ended a Jeep on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of March’s Point Road and SR 20. The Jeep was yielding to westbound traffic on the highway and the pickup driver thought it was accelerating, however, it had stopped. The 37-year old Anacortes man driving the pickup was cited for following too close. There were no injuries and both vehicles were able to drive from the scene. 

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.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

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