Police Beat

Two Anacortes residents were booked into Skagit County Jail this week after officers, thanks to the APD canine T-Bone, located pieces of foil suggesting heroin use in their vehicle. The sedan was stopped after simply failing to use a turn signal while making a turn.

Just after 9 AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on L Avenue observed a red sedan make a turn without using its turn signal. Additionally, a registration check revealed that the vehicle was sold in July and the registration had not yet been transferred. The officer stopped the vehicle on Commercial Avenue to speak with the 21-year old Anacortes driver who stated that he was driving his wife to work and then he was going to take care of his arrest warrant. The driver also stated that he did not have a license. A records check confirmed that the driver had 5 warrants and he was taken into custody. An additional officer arrived on scene and identified the passenger, a 30-year old Anacortes woman, who was later determined to have two arrest warrants as well. She was also taken into custody. APD K-9, T-Bone, was also deployed on the vehicle and his actions were consistent with finding drugs in the vehicle. The officers obtained a search warrant and later found several pieces of foil with burnt marks that are consistent with heroin use. The driver was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days. He and the female passenger were booked in the Skagit County Jail. 

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

Saturday, September 24

APD assisted a man whose car started on fire on Oakes Ave. AFD advised that the fire may reignite if the vehicle continued to be driven, so the owner agreed to leave it parked and return at a later time to tow the vehicle. 

Sunday, September 25

A fake $50 bill was passed at a local restaurant on Sunday afternoon. The bill was actually a $10 bill with a the copy of a $50 placed over the top. There are no suspects in this incident. 

A small construction trailer and Honda generator were reported stolen on Sunday afternoon from a home on West 5th Street. The combined value of the items is approximately $750. 

Monday, September 26

An Anacortes woman contacted police to report that she received several phone calls from a woman attempting to scam her into repairing her computer remotely. Police advised the woman to hang up and not engage the caller. Additionally, she was advised to contact her phone company to block the number. No personal identifying information was provided to the caller. 

Just before 5PM on Monday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to a 3-car accident that occurred in the 2300 block of R Avenue. All involved vehicles were in the 800 block of 24th Street upon officer arrival. The first officer on scene went to speak with a 27-year old Anacortes woman who was in the driver’s seat of her vehicle speaking on her phone. After several attempts to gain her attention, an APD Sergeant spoke with the woman, who smelled of alcohol, slurred her speech and was unsteady on her feet. Investigation on scene revealed that the woman’s vehicle struck the vehicle in front of her which caused it to lurch forward and hit the lead vehicle which was stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalk. The 27-year old Anacortes woman was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, then transported to APD to be processed. She was later released from the scene with a copy of her Following Too Close and DUI citations.  

Tuesday, September 27

APD took a 19th Street domestic violence report just before 2AM on Tuesday from a man who provided a fake name and stated that he and his nephew were arguing. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the caller’s father who stated that it was his son who had called and he had been drinking all evening. The man’s son was not on scene, but he called his father and spoke with police, apologizing for the false statements he provided. Since nothing physical had occurred, officers cleared the area. Just over an hour later, officers were dispatched once again to the 19th Street home per the report that the man’s cousin was outside having a psychotic episode. Investigation on scene once again revealed that the man’s 28-year old son had provided a false statement and had broken the phone after he spoke to police. The man was not on scene when officers arrived, but once again called and apologized for providing fictional information. Police cleared the scene again and were later informed that the man’s son returned, forced open the back door, and took money from his father, presumably to purchase more alcohol. Just before 5AM, Anacortes Police were staged near the home and observed a man walk towards the back door who matched the description of the suspect. The subject initially ran from police, but promptly stopped after the officer gave commands to stop and drew his taser. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to APD where he was cited and released for False Reporting and 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief, DV.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to 21st Street on Tuesday afternoon per the report of a homeowner who arrived at his residence to a large dog on his front porch. The dog was unknown to him and became aggressive towards him as if protecting the home despite the fact that he did not live there. After a few moments, the dog ran off. The owner alerted police due to safety concerns of an aggressive dog at large. 

Wednesday, September 28

APD responded to a call on Morton Avenue that was initially thought to be gunshots, but was then downgraded to fireworks going off in the area. The responding officer was able to identify the source of the fireworks and counseled two young juveniles who admitted that they had been setting them off. 

Just after 8PM on Wednesday, a J Avenue resident called police to report her broken mailbox. The woman observed several juveniles walking through her yard a short time earlier and heard a loud bang. The woman then went outside and discovered that her mailbox had been destroyed. There is no suspect information at this time. 

Thursday, September 29

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the block of 12th Street where the 7-Eleven is located per the report of vehicle damage that had occurred approximately 20 minutes previous. The responding officer went to the victim’s car and observed an open door, but nothing disturbed therein, only a dent to the rear passenger door. There are no suspects. Then, just after 6AM, a grocery store manager contacted police to report a suspicious male in the parking lot who was looking into cars. An officer spoke with the man who is a Friday Harbor resident, 23-years old. Per the store manager’s request, the man was removed and ordered not to return to the store by police and walked away from the area. 

Friday, September 30

At approximately 9PM on Friday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a small coupe turn onto 29th Street. The vehicle had an expired registration as of July 2016 and the officer conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 block of 29th. The 34-year old woman driving the vehicle told the officer that her license was stolen, but identified herself to him verbally. A records check revealed that the woman was a protected party in two no contact orders and a male in the passenger’s seat matched the description of the respondent in both orders. The officer confirmed that the 38-year old Anacortes man was the subject in violation of the orders and he was taken into custody for violating the orders as well as two warrants for DV assault and violating a no contact order. He was then transported to jail. An Anacortes Police Corporal and K-9 Officer arrived on scene and contacted the third passenger, a 45-year old Concrete woman who owned the vehicle. The woman was asked about any drugs that the K-9 might alert on if deployed around her vehicle and she said that there should not be anything in the vehicle. The vehicle owner was searched for weapons which yielded a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. She was placed under arrest and later released from the scene. The K-9 was deployed around the vehicle and displayed a change of behavior consistent with drugs in the vehicle. As such, the vehicle was towed to the APD to be searched. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of heroin, methamphetamine, and several drug paraphernalia items. After executing the search warrant on the car, the two females in the vehicle—the owner and driver, were referred charges of Violation the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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