Police Beat

An observant Anacortes Police officer this week recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a woman on drug-related charges.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on N Avenue Wednesday (Mar. 29), ran the registration of a red sedan parked in the 300 block. The officer had made social contact with a female removing personal items from the passenger’s side of the car moments earlier, and a male who was also near the vehicle. When a registration check revealed that the vehicle was stolen, the officer called for backup and re-contacted both people at a residence a short distance away. The man claimed to have no association with the vehicle, and the female was taken into custody and transported to APD to be interviewed and later released. The vehicle was impounded and a search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of drug paraphernalia. The 31-year old woman associated with the vehicle was later referred on charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A woman living on 22nd Street called police on Saturday afternoon to report suspicious activity that had occurred two days prior. The woman told police that a man came to her home on the evening of March 23rd stating the he worked for Dish Network and was there to upgrade some equipment. The man asked for cash to cover a $60 “processing fee”, then left the area. The man provided a generic hand-written invoice that included a phone number but no company information. The woman contacted Dish Network but they stated that they did not have anyone working in the area that goes by the name the man provided.

A teen drinking party on Brant Circle was disrupted by police on Saturday evening after an anonymous report of juveniles consuming alcohol in the driveway of a home on that street. Police arrived and spoke with multiple teenagers, many of whom provided a portable breath sample yielding positive results. As a result of the investigation, six teens were cited for Minor in Possession and released to their parents.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed two vehicles in a parking lot adjacent to the highway with their headlights off. After a brief period, the two vehicles drove away, seemingly prompted by the officer’s presence. The officer ran a check on one of the vehicles, an older model SUV that was registered to a man from Mount Vernon whose driving status was suspended. Further, the officer observed the SUV traveling under the posted speed limit and driving over the fog line. The officer pulled the truck over and spoke with the 26-year old Mount Vernon man driving the vehicle. The driver smelled of intoxicants and had bloodshot eyes. The driver had a difficult time completing roadside sobriety tests and had a difficult time following simple instructions. He was taken into custody for driving with license suspended and DUI and transported to APD. The man spent some time in a holding cell at the station until a family member arrived to pick him up, at which time the man had to be awakened from a deep slumber. Once awakened, he was released from the scene with a copy of his citations.  

Early Sunday afternoon, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of 24th Street per the report of screaming coming from an apartment in the area. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties involved, a husband and wife. Investigation revealed that the two were in the process of ending their marriage and an ongoing argument that continued on and off through the night culminated in a brief physical struggle between the two of them. The woman’s 34-year old husband was taken into custody for domestic violence assault and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his charge. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

On Monday afternoon, a man contacted police to report that his locked pickup was prowled sometime in the previous several weeks. Approximately $60 worth of tools and some cash was stolen from the vehicle while parked in a marina parking lot on Q Avenue. There are no suspects.  

An Anacortes man contacted police on Monday afternoon to report that someone had been on his boat while moored at a marina on T Avenue and stolen some cash. The event was thought to have occurred sometime in the previous several days. Investigation continues.

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the 400 block of 37th Street on Monday evening at approximately 7PM per the report of a vehicle with fogged windows parked in the area. The officer contacted a male and female in the vehicle who stated that they were just taking a nap. The records check of the male subject, a 30-year old from Nooksack, returned with a warrant out of the Burlington Municipal Court. He was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was booked and released on his warrant.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

At 7:30 on Thursday evening an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near Sharpes Corner observed a Dodge pickup traveling just under 20mph over the posted 55mph speed limit. The 22-year old La Conner driver willingly admitted to the officer that he did not have a driver’s license and he had warrants for his arrest. A records check proved the driver’s statements to be true. The man was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was booked and released on two Skagit County District Court warrants and cited and released for driving with license suspended and speeding.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just after 2AM on Friday morning, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on Ferry Terminal Road observed a man sitting at the bus stop, which he thought was unusual due to the time of day. The Corporal contacted the man who stated that he was waiting for the next ferry to the islands. A records check of the 45-year old Friday Harbor man revealed that he had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrant. He also faces possible charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a small container of meth that fell out of his pant leg during a search as well as several plastic baggies of powdery residue found in his backpack.

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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460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


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