Police Beat

(Updated) An out-of-state driver who was spotted using his cell phone while driving on Commercial Ave. ended up with a whole slew of other changes, including the use of ‘borrowed’ license plates.

Just before 7:30 on Friday evening, an APD Officer contacted a 54-year old male from Nebraska on Commercial Avenue for driving while using his cellphone. The driver was informed of the reason for the stop and admitted that his license was suspended. He provided two forms of ID, but was unable to provide proof of insurance or registration for the vehicle.  Additionally, the Nebraska license plates on the vehicle did not match the vehicle he was driving, however, the New York plates for the vehicle were provided to the officer, and showed an expiration of 2014. The driver stated that the Nebraska plates on the vehicle were on loan from a friend. The driver was arrested for Driving With License Suspended and cited for no insurance, expired registration, cellphone use, and an invalid license plate. He was later released from the scene after agreeing to show up for court the following week. 

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

Friday, July 29

A boat owner contacted APD on Friday morning to report that the power supply to his boat was disconnected sometime in the previous few months while the boat was docked in Skyline. Without power, the boat batteries did not charge and the bilge pump stopped working which resulted in the boat taking on water that damaged the wooden deck. There are no suspects. 

Saturday, July 30

A “C” Avenue resident contacted police on Saturday morning to report a $1,000 set of golf clubs and bag that were stolen from her unsecured garage sometime on Thursday after 6PM. There are no suspects. 

Sunday, July 31

What do a bottle of orange juice, a couple packs of beer, and hard cider have in common? They were stolen from a grocery store on the 900 block of 11th Street on Sunday morning. Store employees provided suspect and vehicle information, however, police were unable to locate them.   

An APD Officer took a cold stolen bike-and-trailer report at approximately 8:00 on Sunday morning. Approximately 30 minutes later, while en route to another call, the officer observed a male riding a bike pulling a yellow trailer, a perfect match for the items reported stolen just a few minutes prior. When confronted, the 44-year old male subject offered to return the bike and provided officers with the wire cutters he had used to cut the bike lock. The man was arrested and a search incident to arrest yielded a glass smoking pipe with burnt residue. He was cited for Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, then released from the scene. 

Monday, August 1

Just after midnight on Monday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on S. Fidalgo Bay Road observed a vehicle exceeding the speed limit by 11 mph in a 55 mph zone on SR20. He initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the 23-year old Burlington man driving the vehicle. The driver was able to provide valid registration and insurance for the sedan, however, his driver’s license returned suspended as of October 2014. The driver was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, then released from the scene. 

APD responded to a small porta-potty fire on Monday afternoon. The fire was extinguished and photos taken of the melted toilet paper dispenser. There were no injuries. 

APD investigated a vehicle prowl that was reported on Monday evening. The reporting party stated that her unlocked vehicle was parked at a flea market on SR 20 on Monday afternoon and a backpack with approximately $800 worth of electronics and personal items was stolen from the front seat. There are no suspects in this case.  

Tuesday, August 2

A 54-year old Mountlake Terrace man received a Following Too Close infraction on Tuesday afternoon after the Audi he was driving rear ended the vehicle in front of him on Commercial Avenue. Traffic came to a stop while the driver was looking down for something and he was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but there were no injuries. 

Wednesday, August 3

A 19-year old Anacortes driver was issued an infraction for Following Too Close following a traffic accident just after 7:00 AM on Wednesday near the intersection of 17th Street and Q Avenue. The driver was tossing a tool into the backseat of his car and did not notice that the car in front of him had slowed to enter the hardware store parking lot. Both cars sustained the reportable damage threshold of $750 or more. There were no injuries. 

Three Washington Park campers reported cooler thefts to park personnel sometime overnight. All the coolers were recovered and extra police patrol was requested. 

An Anacortes Police Corporal and Officer were dispatched to Ferry Terminal Road to contact a 17-year old girl believed to have stolen personal items from an employee area of a state ferry coming to port. The Corporal assisted a Washington State Trooper in the investigation and the officer contacted a male thought to be associated with the incident. The 36-year old male declined any involvement in the theft of personal property, but was determined to have a warrant out of Island County Superior Court. He was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest led to the discovery of three unused hypodermic needles and a glass pipe with white residue, presumably methamphetamine. His backpack also contained a set of “metal knuckles”, which is defined under Washington law as a dangerous weapon, and other drug paraphernalia, including spoons covered in a brown, tarry substance, thought to be heroin. The officer turned the man over the Island County Sheriff’s Department and forwarded citations of one count each of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

Thursday, August 4

Anacortes Police arrested a 42-year old Anacortes man on Thursday evening at his place of residence on 38th Street. The man had a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance and was booked in the Skagit County Jail on the warrant after officers located him within the home hiding behind a mattress. 

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


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22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

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