Police Beat

Updated: A man was arrested, jailed and held on $100,000 bail in connection with passing fraudulent checks in Anacortes last March.

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Wednesday, June 15, took 48-year old Burkhard Daut into custody without incident on Wednesday evening from a home in La Conner. The deputies acted on a tip they received from APD Detectives who provided information about the whereabouts of the individual who had two felony warrants for Forgery out of Burlington PD. A warrant served on the subject’s home led to the discovery of thousands of dollars in cash as well as several fraudulent checks in various stages of publication. The subject is currently being held at the Skagit County Jail with a $20,000 bail on his Burlington PD warrants and an investigative hold with a $100,000 bail amount for Theft 2nd Degree, Anacortes PD case 16-A01750. 

While APD declined to release information about the case against Daut, Skagit County Jail records show he is being held in connection with at least six cases of passing fraudulent checks in March 2016. APD's Records Services Manager, "Unfortunately, this is a case that is still in the beginning stages of being investigated and currently active." Cases under active investigation are not available for release in the interest of protecting the investigation, she wrote.

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

Saturday, June 11

A 39-year old Mount Vernon woman was taken into custody on a 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing charge early Saturday afternoon for entering a vacant home on Oakes Avenue. APD Officers were dispatched to the scene after a real estate agent preparing to show the home observed an unknown female asleep in the bedroom. The subject told police that she was tired due to walking from the ferry so stopped to take a nap. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to APD. She was later released from that location. 

A woman on E Avenue contacted APD to report that her son’s car had been egged but sustained no damage. The woman requested extra patrols of the area.  

Sunday, June 12

At approximately 1AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol at 6th and Commercial observed an SUV without lights on roll through the stop sign at 6th and Commercial as well as the stop sign at 8th and Commercial. The vehicle was contacted in the 1000 block of Commercial Avenue.  The 26-year old Burien driver was asked for his license, insurance, and registration and told the Sergeant that he did not have a license, only a Washington ID. During the conversation, the Sergeant smelled an odor of alcohol and the driver admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages earlier in the evening. The driver performed poorly on roadside sobriety tests, exhibiting poor balance, nearly falling several times. Further, a breath test showed results of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was taken into custody for DUI. A search incident to arrest yielded a pill that the man admitted was not prescribed to him. The subject was transported to APD where he was processed and released to a sober adult with citations for DUI, Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription, and No Valid Operator’s License. 

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 500 block of 34th Street observed an SUV traveling down the center of the road, then quickly correcting its lane of travel. The driver was contacted a short time later in the 11000 block of Fidalgo Bay Road and advised of the reason for the stop. Investigation on scene revealed that the subject had a suspended license and was taken into custody and later released from the scene after receiving a 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended citation. 

Late Sunday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to L Avenue per the report of two gas cans that had been stolen from an unlocked shed in the area. The victim told police that the cans and fuel within were worth approximately $120. There are no suspects.

Monday, June 13

On Monday morning at approximately 7:00, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 700 block of R Avenue per the report of someone yelling and throwing items from a vehicle in the area. The responding officer made contact with a 39-year old Mount Vernon woman who was seen throwing several items out of her car. The officer asked her to pick up the items and she eventually complied. She was then cited for Disorderly Conduct and the officer cleared the scene. 

A vendor at St. Mary’s Fest reported a keg of beer that was stolen from the area sometime the previous evening. There are no suspects.  

Just after 8PM on Monday, an officer with APD was dispatched to the 800 block of 7th Street per the report of a female being very loud in the area. The officer arrived on scene and spoke with a 39-year old female subject known to police to investigate the report. The officer discovered a vehicle in the area with broken glass from the front left window laying on the ground and hood. A witness on scene stated that the female had been opening and slamming the door shut several times until the window broke. The vehicle was determined to be owned by the woman’s boyfriend who had been on scene earlier. As such, the female subject was taken into custody for Malicious Mischief-DV and Disorderly Conduct and booked in the Skagit County Jail. 

Tuesday, June 14

Early Tuesday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer issued a traffic infraction to a 17-year old Oak Harbor driver for Failure to Yield Right of Way-Left Turn. The driver failed to yield to an oncoming driver at the intersection of 22nd and Commercial Avenue and struck the vehicle broadside as it passed. There were no injuries.  

Approximately 10-12 gallons of fuel was reported stolen from the tank of a vehicle parked for the weekend on West 6th Street. There are no suspects in this case. 

An employee from a restaurant on the 1300 block of Commercial called police on Tuesday evening to report that someone had rifled through her vehicle, then removed approximately 9 gallons of gas from the tank. There are no suspects. 

A little before 9PM on Tuesday, the APD K9 Officer contacted the driver of a pickup on the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue for displaying registration tabs expired as of March 2015. The driver stated that he did not have a valid license and did not have a valid registration or insurance for the vehicle, statements that were later confirmed by the officer. The 37-year old Concrete man was taken into custody for 1st Degree Driving With License Suspended and a search incident to arrest yielded three used needles that contained a brown, tar-like substance as well as a soda can with burn marks. The subject was later provided a courtesy transport to a nearby location and provided copies of his criminal citations for 1st Degree Driving With License Suspended and Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days of Purchase. He also received traffic citations for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Expired Vehicle Registration.  

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

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

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