Police Beat

A Friday Harbor man who was driving slower than the speed limit in the passing lane on Highway 20 ended up being jailed on other charges.

A little after 2AM on Tuesday morning, an Anacortes Police Sergeant observed a small SUV traveling under the speed limit in the passing lane on SR 20 with no other vehicles in the area. After following the vehicle for some time, the Sergeant stopped the vehicle on SR 20 and Padilla Heights Road to speak with the driver. The Sergeant also spoke a male in the passenger’s seat who owned the vehicle and was determined to have a theft warrant out of Mount Vernon. The 30-year old Friday Harbor man was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a small plastic baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine and a syringe with suspected heroin. The man was transported to APD and later the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. 

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

Saturday, June 4

Just before 10PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the area of 11th and Commercial per the report of a man and woman who may have been drinking and were yelling at each other before they drove off down Commercial Avenue. Based on the vehicle description, the officer made contact with the vehicle in the 900 block of 20th Street and spoke with the male driver and female passenger who appeared to be upset. The officer could smell alcohol on the breath of the driver and observed that he had watery, bloodshot eyes. Roadside tests revealed that the man was having a hard time balancing and following clear directives given by the officer. Further, the man provided a voluntary breath sample that yielded results over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and, as a result of previous DUI on his record, was booked in the Skagit County Jail on DUI and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended charges.   

Monday, June 6

A resident from the 1300 block of 8th Street contacted police on Monday morning to report that someone had broken the side window of her car and stolen her purse sometime after 6PM the previous evening. There are no suspects. 

APD put out a missing person bulletin via social media early Monday afternoon per the report of an elderly male who had gone missing during the late morning hours from a home on W. 2nd Street in Anacortes. Within a few minutes of the message being sent, APD worked off a tip and was able to locate the man and reunite him with his family.  

At approximately 7PM Monday evening an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Seafarers Park per the report of people drinking and doing drugs in the area. Investigation on scene revealed that the subjects were rolling cigarettes and a 38-year old male was issued an infraction for drinking in public. 

Tuesday, June 7

On Tuesday morning, a local contractor came to APD to report the theft of a brand new Cat brand digger bucket worth approximately $1,800 that had been stolen from a job site on Highland Drive sometime over the weekend. There are no suspects. 

An older-model silver Trek mountain bike with a milk crate attached to the rear was reported stolen to APD from the 900 block of 27th Street. The bike had been stolen sometime during the previous evening. There are no suspects. 

Wednesday, June 8

An Anacortes woman contacted police after she became suspicious of behavior exhibited by someone who posted an online help wanted advertisement. Per the woman’s report, she provided basic information about herself initially, but got suspicious when the recipient of her emails began asking more detailed questions about her banking information and asked her to set up an account in someone else’s name. The astute woman did not provide further information and was advised by the officer to cease communication with the other party. 

At just before 2PM on Wednesday, an Anacortes Police Officer responded to 22nd Street and I Avenue per the request of the Animal Control Officer who observed an SUV spinning it’s tires at the intersection of I Avenue and 20th Street. The officer responded to the driver’s residence to speak with him about the incident. The 18-year old was issued a citation for Reckless Driving and the officer cleared the scene. 

Shortly before the Planning Commission meeting at City Hall on Wednesday evening, an intoxicated male was being disruptive and someone called police to report his behavior. APD Officers on scene spoke with the man who was initially not willing to cooperate with their requests for him to leave the building. He was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car where he was transported to his home after the jail declined to take him. He was ultimately cited for trespassing and resisting arrest. 

Thursday, June 9

A 92-year old Oak Harbor man received a traffic infraction for Following Too Close on Thursday afternoon when the Ford SUV he was driving struck the rear of an SUV stopped at a red traffic signal at the intersection of Reservation Road and SR 20. There were no injuries.  

An Anacortes resident contacted police on Thursday afternoon to report that someone had shot out a window at their home on 23rd Street sometime in the previous several days. A single BB was still resting between the two panes of glass at the time the officer arrived. There are no suspects. 

At just before midnight on Thursday night an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the SR 20 spur observed a Ford sedan on the highway make a lane change without using a turn signal. The officer conducted a traffic stop to speak with the driver of the vehicle, a 28-year old woman from Oak Harbor. The woman was found to have a suspended license for unpaid tickets and was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She was released at the scene and agreed to wait for a licensed driver to remove the car from the scene. 

Friday, June 10

At approximately 12:30 Friday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer checked Alton Daniels Field per the report that someone may be sleeping in the area. The officer contacted a 21-year old male sleeping in one of the dugouts and discovered that he had been previously removed and ordered not to return to the field. He was taken into custody and cited for trespassing. The male subject was given a courtesy transport to Commercial Avenue and released. 

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