Police Beat

Anacortes Police arrested a mail thief and recovered more than 500 pieces of mail and packages that had apparently been stolen from 140 people, most of them from Anacortes.

Just after 2:00 on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a neighborhood near the airport per the report of a man in a gray SUV stealing mail. While officers were in the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle, an additional call came in from a man who observed a suspect in a gray SUV taking mail from his box. The man confronted the suspect and he drove off. With the help of Swinomish Tribal Officers, the SUV was contacted at a gas station at SR 20 and La Conner Whitney Road. A 38-year old Burlington man was detained at the scene by Swinomish Tribal Officers for his possible involvement in the mail thefts. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had a Superior Court warrant and multiple warrants out of District Court. Officers also noticed multiple packages and pieces of mail in plain view in the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and later searched. The suspect was taken into custody without incident by an APD Officer and transported to jail on his warrants and an investigative hold for Possession of Stolen Mail. In the days following the man’s arrest, officers searched the impounded vehicle after obtaining a search warrant and discovered over 500 pieces of mail and 11 packages. The packages and mail were addressed to approximately 140 different people, most of them from Anacortes. A steady flow of victims have since been connected with their mail at the police station.  

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

Saturday, January 28

A wallet containing cash and bank cards was stolen in a vehicle prowl incident that occurred the evening of January 27. The unlocked car was parked on Broadview Drive when the prowl occurred. There are no suspects at this time.

An Anacortes Police Corporal was on patrol in the 2500 block of D Avenue on Saturday afternoon when he locked his radar on a vehicle traveling 9 mph over the posted speed limit. The Corporal pulled the older model sedan over near 28th and D Avenue and informed the driver of the stop. The 25-year old Oak Harbor driver said he was having some electrical problems with his car and his speedometer was not currently functioning. Further, he provided a Washington State ID card and stated that his Maryland license was current, but he had not gotten his Washington driver’s license yet. Investigation revealed that the driver’s Maryland license was suspended and he was taken into custody and cited and released on scene for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.

A 30-year old Anacortes man was booked in the Skagit County Jail on Saturday afternoon on a Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order charge. The arresting officer observed the man in a vehicle being driven on Anacortes city streets by a woman known to police. The officer ran a routine driver’s check on the driver and was advised that there was a no contact order between the woman and an adult male, later determined to be the subject named in the no contact order.

Sunday, January 29

Just after 1AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Officer took a domestic dispute report at the station from a woman who was very upset about recent events at her home. The woman told police that she and her ex-boyfriend were in a verbal argument moments prior about him not being welcome at her home any longer. The situation continued to escalate, and the woman made several attempts to leave before finally getting to her vehicle. Once in the vehicle, the woman was again confronted by the male who grabbed the door sill and pushed it forward, damaging the vehicle and hinges. The woman drove quickly away as the man attempted to grab her out of the vehicle and went straight to APD to speak with an officer. While an officer was speaking with the victim at the police station, additional officers contacted the suspect at the woman’s home on N Avenue. The 30-year old male was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail where he was booked on a Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence charge and a misdemeanor warrant out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court for Violation of a No Contact Order.

Monday, January 30

A 21-speed Schwinn bicycle worth approximately $250 was reported stolen from a resident’s backyard in the 1300 block of 12th Street sometime in the previous week. There are no suspects.

Approximately $100 worth of diesel fuel was reported stolen from a boat moored at a marina on Q Avenue. The boat owner told police that the theft of approximately 40 gallons of fuel had taken place sometime in the previous two weeks. No suspects have been identified.

Just after 11:30 on Monday night, APD Officers were dispatched to a domestic in progress in the 900 block of 23rd Street. Officers arrived on scene to investigate the incident that had de-escalated. Officers interviewed several people on scene and determined that a 16-year old juvenile male would be arrested and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center for assault DV. The suspect had grabbed his older sister by the head and taken her to the ground after they engaged in a brief verbal argument.

Tuesday, January 31

On Tuesday, APD took a vehicle prowl report in which a pair of binoculars, sunglasses, and loose change were stolen overnight from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1600 block of 10th Street. There are no suspects.

Thursday, February 2

A local business representative called police on Thursday to report a scam call they received from a fraudster calling to ask for $500 via wire transfer. The caller used a method called "spoof dialing" which showed up on the call recipient's caller ID as "Puget Sound Energy". The caller also seemed to know about the billing information for the business, however the astute call recipient knew better than to provide further information or money.

A 44-year old Anacortes man arrested for Reckless Driving after an Anacortes Police Officer observed him driving 73-mph in a 55mph zone on SR 20, then exit the highway on Fidalgo Bay Road where the driver traveled for a short time with his lights off after running a stop sign. The officer caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The man apologized to the officer for driving recklessly, stating that he was showing off for his juvenile daughter who was in the back seat. Further investigation revealed that the man purchased the vehicle in August 2016, but had not transferred the title. He was cited and released at the scene for Reckless Driving and Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days.

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.

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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
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3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

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