Police Beat

The city’s Animal Control Officer took a dog injured in a hit-and-run incident to a vet after a report of three on-the-loose dogs.

On Wednesday morning just before 8AM, the Anacortes Animal Control Officer (ACO) was dispatched to 17th Street and D Avenue per the report of three dogs on the loose, one of which that had been struck by an SUV that fled the scene. The ACO tended to the injured dog and transported it to a local vet clinic to be cared for. One of the other loose dogs was also captured, and the third ran off into a nearby wooded area. The dogs were familiar to the ACO and she reached out to the owner, informing him of the details of the incident. The dog owner was issued an infraction for two counts of Dog at Large. The Animal Control Officer would also like to speak with the driver of the SUV which was described as a late 1990’s/early 2000’s model Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon that is gray or silver in color. Anyone with further information about the vehicle or driver is asked to call the APD Tip Line at (360) 299-1985 reference APD case #16-A05083.  

Here are the other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Saturday, July 9

On Saturday afternoon, an APD Corporal spoke with a local man who had his wallet stolen from the locker room at a local fitness center. Further investigation revealed that a juvenile male had removed the man’s wallet from a backpack, removed cash from within, and threw the wallet into a storm drain. With the help of the School Resource Officer, APD was able to recover most of the money from within the wallet and the victim opted not to press charges and was content to leave the disciplinary action to the juvenile’s parents. 

A Specialized-brand mountain bike value at approximately $750 was taken from a home on the 900 block of 37th Street sometime on the afternoon of Friday, July 8th. The bike is red in color with red pedals and black and green aftermarket grips. If you have seen this bike since July 8th, please call the APD Tip Line at 360-299-1985. 

Sunday, July 10

Just after 8AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on the SR 20 spur was passing a vehicle and observed a female driver with a medium-sized dog on her lap. The Corporal informed the driver that having a dog on her lap was not a safe practice and a driver’s check returned 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, November 2015, for Vehicle Accident. The 43-year old Stanwood woman was issued a citation for no license and an infraction for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. The vehicle was then turned over to a licensed driver and the Corporal cleared the scene. 

Police were dispatched to 11th Street per the report of an elusive ferret that had entered a residence in the 1400 block. The ferret was captured by police, brought back to the department, and later released back to the owner. 

An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on Sunday morning observed an oncoming vehicle swerve into his lane of travel on O Avenue to pass another vehicle traveling north and exceed the posted 25mph speed limit by 13 mph. The vehicle quickly turned east on 6th Street and pulled into an alley and the Sergeant observed the male driver and female passenger switching seats as he pulled up. The 20-year old Anacortes man admitted that he had tried to switch seats because he had a suspended license, which was later confirmed. The driver was cited and released for Driving With License Suspended and issued an infraction for Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. 

A 40-year old Anacortes woman was arrested and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended for having a license that had been suspended since January 2013 for an unpaid ticket. The woman was contacted by an Anacortes Police Corporal at approximately 8PM on Sunday as she was driving a vehicle with expired tabs in the 900 block of 9th Street. The woman was cited, informed of her mandatory court date, and released at the scene. 

Monday, July 11

Just before 7:30 on Monday evening, Anacortes Police Officers responded to a grocery store on Commercial Avenue per the report of $100 worth of items that had been taken from the store without payment. A store employee confronted the suspect who turned over the items and drove away. Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle at a nearby retailer a short time later and took the remorseful 45-year old Anacortes woman into custody after interviewing her about her involvement in the incident. The woman was then transported to the police department and later booked and released on two warrants out of Mount Vernon and a theft charge and warning not to return to the grocery store. 

Tuesday, July 12

A little after 11PM on Tuesday, Anacortes Police took a 23-year old Burlington woman into custody and later booked her in the Skagit County Jail for an active arrest warrant. An APD Corporal was dispatched to S. March’s Point Road per the report of a female who was trying to open car doors in the area. The Corporal spoke with the woman who appeared very groggy and had a hard time answering questions. She was detained and later transported to jail after her warrant was confirmed. 

Thursday, July 14

Just before 5AM on Thursday, Anacortes Police responded to a complaint that a man had kicked in the door of a motel on Commercial Avenue. Based on a suspect description, officers contacted a male in the 3000 block of Commercial to interview him about the incident. The man became agitated and aggressive towards the officers and when told he would be detained for his and the officers’ safety, struggled briefly with the officers, spinning and yanking away from the officer’s grasp. He ultimately agreed to stop resisting and the officers contacted a representative from the motel who stated that they did not want to press charges. The man was charged with Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer and ordered not to return to the motel. 

Approximately $670 worth of tools was taken from a job site on the 2100 block of 37th Street sometime during the night on Wednesday. APD took the report from a carpenter who had been doing work on site. There are no suspects. 

Friday, July 15

At 6:30 on Friday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer took a burglary report from a resident on 36th Street. The victim reported that someone had entered a small detached shed on his property and removed an old bicycle and some scrap metal. The resident requested extra patrol of the area. There are no suspects.

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

450 Skagit Cases (+4)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

51 Hospitalizations (+0)
15 Deaths (+0)
307 Recovered
Tested -Not reported
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22,993 Cases Statewide (+264)
3,639 Hospitalizations (+24)

1,149 Deaths Statewide (+11)
390,863 Total Tests Statewide
5.9% Positive

Updated 6:00 pm June 5, 2020

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