Police Beat

Anacortes Police rescued a couple locked inside a min-storage area, then rrested the man and took him to jail. 

Just before 11PM on Wednesday, Aug. 31, an Anacortes Police Corporal was dispatched to a mini storage area on Molly Lane per the report of someone locked in the gate there. A man and woman were on scene upon the Corporal’s arrival, and investigation on scene revealed that the male, a 35-year old from Anacortes, had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail where he was booked on his warrant. 

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

Saturday, August 27

An Anacortes Police Officer took a cold theft report from a local hotel representative on Saturday afternoon. A $200 cable box was taken from a room at the hotel and one had been left in its place. There are no suspects. 

Just before 11PM on Saturday, an officer was dispatched to a business on K Avenue per the report of an unknown male loitering in their parking lot. Investigation on scene revealed that the man’s wife worked for a company that contracted with the business and he was there waiting for her to finish her shift. Business representatives asked that he leave the area and return upon the completion of his wife’s shift. The man then drove away and a records check revealed that his license was suspended. He was later located and admitted that he knew about the suspension. He was taken into custody and charged with driving without a license 3rd Degree as well as well as Operating Without an Ignition Interlock Device. He was released from the scene and told to have a licensed driver remove the car from the scene. 

Further investigation revealed that there was a pre-trial no contact order in place between the man and his wife. The officer responded to the K Avenue address to speak with the woman and confirmed that she had been staying with her husband despite the order. She was taken into custody and booked in jail on a Violation of a Protection Order charge.  

Monday, August 29

Just before noon, APD responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 7th Street and Commercial Avenue involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian. Investigation on scene revealed that a 23-year old Burlington man was attempting to turn southbound on Commercial Avenue from 7th Street when he struck a woman with his vehicle at approximately 10 miles per hour. A driver’s check revealed that the driver had a suspended license as of August 2015 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. He was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He also received an infraction for Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk and released from the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to her elbow, shoulder, and finger. 

Tuesday, August 30

Late Tuesday morning, the APD School Resource Officer was working at the high school when he was informed by a staff member that there was a student who smelled like marijuana in the gym. SRO Dotzauer spoke with the juvenile male and his parents and the juvenile handed over a baggie containing marijuana that was stored in his vehicle. School representatives discussed the implications of possessing drugs on school grounds and the SRO completed a juvenile referral for underage possession of marijuana that was sent to the Skagit County Juvenile Court. 

APD would like you to call 911 if you have seen a maroon 1997 4-door Honda Civic Washington license plate 092ZSI that was reported stolen from the area of Anacopper Mine Road and Oakes Avenue sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday. The Civic has a roof rack and damage to the rear bumper on the passenger side. 

At approximately 7:20 on Tuesday evening US Customs Officers contacted the crew of a vessel docked off of Q Avenue. A records check of one of the crew members revealed that the 25-year old had a felony warrant for failure to appear on a Fish and Wildlife trafficking charge as well as two misdemeanor warrants for 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License and DUI respectively. The male subject was escorted off the vessel by US Customs Officers and an APD Corporal took him into custody, discovering a glass methamphetamine pipe in her search incident to arrest. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants and a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. 

An Anacortes Police Corporal was dispatched to the 3000 block of Oakes Avenue on Tuesday evening per the complaint of a screaming male in the area. The Corporal responded to the area and discovered an emotional female who stated that she and her boyfriend had gotten into a verbal argument and he broke the rear and side windows of her vehicle and threw her phone onto the ground. A short time later, the woman’s 24-year old boyfriend came to the area and admitted that he had caused damage to her property. He was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for 2nd Degree Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence. 

Just before midnight on Tuesday evening APD Officers heard several loud explosions in the 2600 block of J Avenue. Officers responded to Island View Elementary School and discovered several pieces of spent explosives and a damaged playground structure. There are no suspects at this time. 

Wednesday, August 31

An APD Sergeant took a report from a resident on the 4100 block of D Court on Wednesday morning. The victim showed the Sergeant two broken lights on pedestals near the end of their driveway. There are no suspects. 

A resident on the 3000 block of Oakes Avenue submitted a theft report on Wednesday morning. Sometime the previous evening someone had tipped over a yard ornament and stolen a flag and two political signs. There are no suspects in this case. 

Just after 9:00 on Wednesday morning, an Anacortes Police Sergeant was dispatched to 12th Street per the report of an erratically driven white pickup. The Sergeant responded to the area of 12th and Commercial and observed a pickup matching the description slide across the stop line at the intersection while the red signal light was displayed. The Sergeant contacted the 31-year old male driving the vehicle who readily admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license. Additionally, it was determined that the vehicle registration had not been transferred to the driver who had owned the vehicle for approximately one year. The driver was issued a citation for Failure to Transfer Vehicle Title Within 45 days and infractions for No Valid Operators License with ID and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. 

On Wednesday morning about 7:30, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near SR 20 and Commercial observed a van in front of him displaying expired registration tabs as of February 2016. The driver of the vehicle was contacted at 37th and Commercial, but the driver refused to provide his license. The 21-year old ultimately provided a diver ID card with his name on it but did not have a driver’s license, registration, or proof of insurance. The driver was issued an infraction for Expired Vehicle License and Driving Without Insurance. Further, he was cited for No Valid Operator’s License, No ID. 

Four metal mailboxes were damaged, possibly with a baseball bat or similar item, sometime overnight in the 2300 block of Lake Park Drive. 

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 Co. Over Time

435 Skagit Cases (+1)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

51 Hospitalizations (+0)
15 Deaths (+0)
294 Recovered
Tested -Not reported
Positive -Not reported

21,977 Cases Statewide (+275)
3,517 Hospitalizations (+16)

1,124 Deaths Statewide (+6)
365,272 Total Tests Statewide
6.0% Positive

Updated 6:00 pm June 1, 2020

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