Police Beat

In another case of cyber-crime, Police investigated a  case of an Anacortes man defrauded of $1,000 via computer malware.

APD took a fraud report on Thursday afternoon from the son of an elderly Anacortes man. The victim had responded to pop-up messages on his computer suggesting that he subscribe to anti-virus software by calling a toll free number. The victim called the number and provided remote access to his computer which exposed some of his financial and identity information. Further contact from the fraudsters offered a “lifetime service plan” for his computer for $800. All told, the victim was out over $1,000. The officer offered some guidance in terms of watching credit reports to mitigate future issues and the victim’s son was working with credit card companies for fund reimbursement. The victim was also encouraged to file a claim with the FBI via ic3.gov which investigates and analyzes internet fraud. 

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

Saturday, July 23

On Saturday morning just before 10, a local business owner contacted police to report that someone had written the names “Jeremy” and “Roy” in newly poured concrete at his business. There are no suspects. 

An Anacortes PD Officer was completing a traffic stop in the eastbound lanes of SR 20 early Saturday evening when the driver of a red SUV drove by in the lane closest to him even though there were no vehicles in the passing lane.  The officer kept his emergency lights on and initiated a traffic stop of the SUV, blowing his siren three times before the vehicle stopped approximately ¼-mile later. There was a 34-year old Burlington man driving the vehicle and he smelled of alcohol. He told the officer that he had hoped that he wasn’t looking for him, which is why he had not stopped sooner. The driver smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. A routine driver’s check returned license suspended with two warrants and he was directed to step out of his vehicle. 

Once out of the car, the driver had to brace himself against the side and the officer supported him by the arm to keep him from falling. He was taken into custody on his warrants and asked if he would take voluntary roadside sobriety tests. He complied, but did not perform well, exhibiting a lack of balance, requiring support to walk each time he took a step. He was then informed that he was under arrest for DUI and further investigation revealed that he had had three previous DUI’s in the last 13 months. He was transported to APD for DUI processing and booked in the Skagit County Jail on a DUI charge, 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and two warrants. 

Tuesday, July 26

Just before 10:30 AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Causland Park per the report from a City of Anacortes worker that two people were sleeping in the gazebo and they wanted them moved along. The officer spoke with a man and woman in the gazebo and they admitted to sleeping there overnight, agreeing to move along as requested. A records check resulted in the discovery that the woman had 3 warrants—one for theft and two for trespassing. The 39-year old was taken into custody on her warrants and the officer searched her backpack and discovered a used hypodermic needle containing a dark substance and blood. She was transported to APD, booked and released on her warrants, and cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia before being released from the scene. 

Wednesday, July 27

Just before 2AM on Wednesday morning, an Anacortes Police Corporal contacted a driver in the 900 block of 30th Street for traveling over 10mph in excess of the posted 30mph posted speed limit. A backup officer on scene recognized a female passenger in the vehicle and a records checks resulted in the discovery of four warrants for failure to appear in court for three driving charges and a theft charge. She was taken into custody and transported to APD where she was later booked and released from the scene on her warrants as the jail would not accept her for booking. 

A Cypress Drive resident called police on Wednesday afternoon to report that sometime overnight his pickup had been prowled and a CD player faceplate removed. He was advised to lock his vehicle to prevent further incidents. 

Just after 11PM on Wednesday, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to an alleyway in the 1000 block of 7th Street per the report of an assault that had just occurred. Police arrived in the area and spoke with a man who reported that he had just been thrown to the ground in the alleyway by someone after the two had a verbal altercation in a nearby tavern. Based on the suspect description and direction of travel, police contacted the suspect at his home nearby and spoke with him through an open window. Police completed a 4th Degree Assault citation and forwarded it to the court for mailing. 

Thursday, July 28

In the early morning hours on Thursday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 1700 block of Q Avenue observed four individuals walking in the alleyway between some businesses in the area and returned to speak with them. All four individuals were identified, one of which, a 27-year old female from Anacortes, returned with a misdemeanor warrant out of Mount Vernon. She was booked and released on her warrant and a search of her backpack incident to arrest yielded the discovery of a small scale with crystalline residue as well as a glass smoking pipe consistent with methamphetamine use. The woman was transported to APD and later released from the scene with a new court date for her warrant and a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

APD spoke with a restaurant manager on the 3300 block of Commercial Avenue early Thursday afternoon. The manager told police that sometime the previous night, an outdoor freezer had been tampered with, causing approximately $100 worth of damage. Nothing further was damaged or taken. There are no suspects at this time. 

A 17th Street resident contacted police on Thursday afternoon to report 8 hanging baskets that had been stolen from her yard sometime in the previous two days. The pots have an estimated value of $200. There are no suspects. 

A 61-year old Anacortes woman called police on Thursday afternoon to report a verbal domestic between her and her boyfriend who had left the area with a cellphone that she wanted back. Police were unable to locate the phone, but a records check of the woman showed that she had a Superior Court warrant for failure to appear on a forgery and theft of a motor vehicle charge. She was taken into custody by officers and transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on her warrant. 

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