Police Beat

Saturday, June 25

It took significant effort, but a small kitten was eventually freed from a fishing net in a net locker near Cap Sante Marina.  Passersby found the kitten, which appeared to have climbed in to the net and then become entangled for at least a couple of days.  The kitten was so entangled and upset that it had to be carefully cut out of the net.  Once it was free it was transported to the vet for examination. After a thorough check up and some rehab and rehydration the animal was adopted by an Anacortes Sergeant who will monitor the stray kitten’s health and welfare and provide it with a good home. 

During a routine traffic stop for an illegal turn an observant officer recognized a back seat passenger as a 27-year-old Anacortes man with multiple warrants out for his arrest.  Despite the suspect refusing to identify himself, officers were able to positively identify the man from a prior booking photo.  The suspect, a convicted felon, was taken in to custody and handed over to the state Department of Corrections. 

Sunday, June 26

At about 1:30 AM a 21-year-old Anacortes man that was driving his car west on 9th Street crashed through a log barricade where the road comes to an end in the 2100 block.  His car continued going west and plunged over an embankment, tumbling about fifty feet down the hillside and coming to rest upside down at the base of the hill.  The driver was able to extricate himself from the vehicle. It was apparent to the police officers that arrived on scene that the man was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest after providing a breath sample that was about three times the legal limit.  He was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later released.  The car was totaled.  

Just before 11:00 PM an Anacortes Sergeant was the first on scene to a reported motor vehicle accident at a gas station on Commercial Ave. He found a black sedan parked perpendicular to the gas pump islands in the middle of the station with the engine running and in gear, but with no one around.  Shortly after his arrival a 22-year-old woman came walking out from behind the closed business and acknowledged that the vehicle was hers and that she had parked it at the gas station.  The Sergeant recognized signs of intoxication and conducted some field sobriety checks, which the woman failed.  She provided a portable breath test sample that was more than twice the legal limit and was placed under arrest for DUI.  Later, a review of surveillance camera footage revealed that the woman had actually gotten out of her vehicle at a restaurant across the street, leaving it running and in gear.  Moments after she steps out and walks in to the restaurant the idling and unoccupied car slowly creeps across Commercial Ave, jumps the curb and then comes to rest between the gas islands of the closed station.  When the woman comes out of the restaurant a few minutes later she comes across the street and realizes that she has locked herself out of the running car.  Frustrated, she goes behind the closed business and can be seen kicking a parked car, damaging it.  Her car was towed and impounded and she has been charged with DUI, Malicious Mischief and Driving on a Suspended License. 

Monday, June 27

Someone used the Whistle Lake Parking lot as a dumping ground.  On the morning of June 27th officers were called to the parking area after someone discovered a large quantity of garbage that had been dumped, including old shelves, pots, and lawn clippings.  Parks Department employees responded and cleaned up the mess. If you know who might have dumped this garbage in the park please report it via the APD TipLine at 360-299-1985. 

A Waste Management truck that was experiencing hydraulic problems snagged an electrical line on 4th Street just after 11:00 AM.  Police and Fire units blocked off the road until PSE personnel could respond and depower and remove the severed line.  Once the street was cleared, PSE began work to restore power to a few houses that had lost power as a result of the accident. Fortunately, there were no injuries during this incident and power was quickly restored. 

A resident on Meadows Lane called to report that someone had listed his newly purchased home on Craigslist as a rental.  This is part of a popular scam where people are misled in to believing that an unoccupied home is available for rent and are duped into putting down a deposit on the “rental”, only to find out that the person who placed the ad has nothing to do with the listed property.  The matter is under investigation. 

Officers assisted Fire Department and Parks Department personnel with a young child that fell and was injured at Washington Park.  The patient had to be placed on a backboard and then moved up a steep slope before being transported to the hospital. 

Wednesday, June 29

A 20-year-old Anacortes man put his car in to a ditch on H Ave just after 2:00 AM.  When officers arrived they found two people at the scene, both showing signs of intoxication and both under 21 years of age.  The driver was given field sobriety tests and arrested for DUI.  His friend initially supplied a false name, but was subsequently positively identified and discovered to have a warrant out for his arrest.  He was later booked and released on his warrants and issued a new citation for underage alcohol consumption.  The driver of the vehicle was processed for DUI and it was found that he had a prior alcohol related driving arrest from 2014.  His vehicle was impounded and he was booked in to the county jail.

An officer observing traffic in the Cap Sante area noticed a driver trying to put on his seatbelt as he was driving down 4th Street.  He made a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver.  A records check revealed that the man’s license was suspended in the 2nd degree from a prior DUI arrest.  He was issued an arrest citation for driving on a suspended license and also given a ticket for not wearing his seatbelt.    He was instructed not to drive until his license issues were cleared up. 

Thursday, June 30

A resident on Mitchell Drive reported a burglary after discovering a basement door that had been broken.  It was apparent that someone had forced open the door, but unclear exactly what, if anything was taken.  Fingerprints were located at the scene and are being examined in connection with this incident.  Investigation continues. 

An officer driving on Hwy 20 observed the driver in the car next to him texting on his cell phone.  He made a traffic stop on the vehicle and driver tried to claim that he had only been using his phone in a “hands free mode”, not realizing that the officer had seen him typing on the phone. A records check revealed that the driver had a warrant out for his arrest regarding a prior theft incident.  He was taken in to custody and transported to the police station, where he was booked and released on his warrant since the jail would not accept him due to overcrowding.  He was also issued an infraction for texting while driving.  

Friday, July 1

Employees of a local store called 911 after detaining a 24-year-old Anacortes man that they caught shoplifting.  When officers arrived they discovered that he was carrying sunglasses and a hat that were stolen from other stores in Anacortes.  Further investigation also revealed that he was carrying heroin.  He was placed under arrest and booked in to the Skagit County Jail.  

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