Police Beat

Using social media, Anacortes Police helped recover a vehicle that was reported stolen from the state ferry landing.

A silver 1995 Mercury Sable sedan, Washington license plate AIX2173 was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 1900 block of Skyline Way sometime between September 30 and October 4. On October 6, APD posted a notice of the vehicle on their social media platforms and later in the day we received a call on the Tip Line that advised that the vehicle was in a restaurant parking lot in Burlington. With the help of Burlington Police, the vehicle was returned to its rightful owner on October 7.  

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

Saturday, October 1

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on March’s Point Road contacted the driver of an SUV for driving 12 mph over the posted 35mph speed limit. A routine driver’s check of the 34-year old Oak Harbor woman’s license revealed that it had been suspended since May 2013. She was placed under arrest. Further information revealed that the woman had a court order with  a male matching the description of the vehicle passenger, a 35-year old from Oak Harbor. He also had two misdemeanor warrants out of Island County and admitted to the arresting office that he had a methamphetamine pipe in his sock. He was taken into custody on his warrants and released from the scene with a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia citation. A search of the vehicle yielded a small bag containing heroin and the woman driving the vehicle was cited and released for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License. 

A 22-year old Anacortes man was arrested for driving with license suspended early Saturday morning at the intersection of 15th and Commercial. The man was driving a station wagon with an inoperable brake light and was unable to provide license, registration, or proof of insurance. A driver’s check revealed that the man had a suspended license as of February 2014 and he had an ignition interlock requirement which the officer did not see in his vehicle. He was taken into custody and charged with 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Operating a Vehicle Without an Ignition Interlock. He was released at the scene. 

An Anacortes resident notified police on Saturday morning that a flag pole made of PVC pipe was damaged and the attached political sign was stolen from the 3000 block of Oakes Avenue. There are no suspects. 

Just after 8PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1600 block of Commercial observed a sedan with a burned out headlight and initiated a traffic stop. The 19-year old Mount Vernon driver provided documentation as requested by the officer and the officer noticed that her vehicle smelled of marijuana. After a brief interview, she offered that she had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day and she had a small amount in the vehicle. The driver took roadside sobriety tests and it was determined that she was not impaired, however, she was charged with Minor in Possession of Marijuana. 

Just before midnight on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol near 9th and Q Avenue observed a dark colored coupe associated with an Anacortes man with an outstanding felony warrant. The 52-year old was pulled over and taken into custody without incident on a Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act warrant. The APD K-9 Officer arrived on scene and had a change of behavior when he passed around the vehicle. The driver gave consent to search the car and officers discovered a glass methamphetamine pipe and a small mirror with a trace of methamphetamine.  The man was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrant. 

Sunday, October 2

Just before 2AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 1000 block of O Avenue observed a male bike rider without a front light or rear reflector. The Corporal stopped the bike and the rider verbally identified himself and admitted that he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The Corporal confirmed that the man had two warrants for Disorderly Conduct and 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest yielded needles, methamphetamine, heroin, and rubber tubing consistent with drug use. The 32-year old was taken to the police station and booked and released on his warrants. The man was also charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Tuesday, October 4

A gray 1997 Nissan Pickup, Washington license plate B03811N was reported stolen sometime Monday night from the driveway of a home in the 1400 block of 30th Street. The pickup has decal designs on the sides, a broken center taillight affixed with tape, rust on the bed, and a silver metal toolbox in the bed. If you have seen this pickup since the evening of Monday, October 3rd, please call the APD Tip Line at (360) 299-1985 reference APD case #16-A07720.

Wednesday, October 5

Just after 7AM on Wednesday, a 33rd Street resident called police to report a vehicle prowl incident from the previous evening. The vehicle owner reported that his wallet, a small knife, and a small bag were taken from his unlocked vehicle but he could not think of anyone who might be considered a suspect. 

An F Avenue resident contacted police on Wednesday to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle overnight and stolen a backpack and electronics. There are no suspects in this incident. 

A 50-year old Anacortes man was arrested for DUI early Wednesday evening by APD Officers who had been advised of the man’s driving by two reporting parties. Two officers observed the man driving and one initiated a traffic stop on the sedan the man was driving at 10-15 mph over the speed limit on March’s Point Road. The driver smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to consuming Schnapps earlier in the evening. The man performed poorly on roadside sobriety tests and a breath sample yielded results of nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody on DUI charges and taken to the station to be processed. He was later released to a sober adult.

An 18-year old Anacortes man was arrested by an APD Officer on uniformed patrol in the 1000 block of Commercial late Wednesday night. The officer he engaged his radar and locked the pickup the man was driving in at 40mph in the posted 20mph zone.  During the traffic stop, the officer observed that the man’s eyes were watery and bloodshot and he admitted that he had had some alcohol earlier that evening. Based on the officer’s observations and a breath sample revealing blood alcohol content over .02 for a minor, he was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. He was later released to a sober adult. 

Thursday, October 6

On Thursday morning about 10:30, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue and Anacopper observed a speeding sedan with a burned out stop light and initiated a traffic stop on Marion Way. A driver’s check revealed that the woman’s license was suspended as of August 11, 2016 and she was informed that she was approximately halfway through a 90 day suspension of her driver’s license. She was cited at the scene for 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended and informed of a mandatory court date later in the month. 

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

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