Police Beat

Two teens got stuck on the rocks on the south side of Cap Sante this week and had to be rescued.

Police and fire personnel were dispatched around 5:46 p.m. after a teen got stuck on the rocks on the south side of the cliffs at the Cap Sante viewpoint. An 18-year-old Anacortes man said he was able to get out but a 17-year-old boy couldn’t climb up. Fire personnel rappelled down to the two teens and determined the safest route was to lower them down. A boat and driver from the Port of Anacortes responded as well. A third teenaged boy climbed to safety as rescue efforts were underway. The two other teens were lowered to the rocks below and safely climbed aboard the waiting boat. The 17-year-old told police they were climbing around on the rocks and he got to a point where he could no longer move safely.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

A thrift shop employee reported a possible theft. A man was seen carrying a backpack for sale around the store, picking up small items. It was unclear if he placed anything in the backpack. The man was later seen without the backpack after going in an area near the alleyway. The officer thought it was possible the man had thrown the backpack over a fence to collect after leaving the store. A suspect photo may be available. The investigation continues.

A 42-year-old Anacortes man reported the theft of a $50 Diamondback mountain bike from the 500 block of Fifth Street after someone entered a detached shed on the property.

Residents of a home in the 1300 block of 16th Street called police to report a perfectly round hole in a window above their door. The first pane of glass was broken but the second pane was still intact. The officer inspected the damage and noted it did not appear to be from any type of firearm. It is suspected that a rock was kicked up from the roadway in front of the residence and hit the window.

A 60-year-old Anacortes woman was told not to allow her dogs on Grandview Cemetery property after an employee complained that she had been asked several times not to let her dogs run loose there.

A homeowner in the West End reported damage to a wooden fence and gate. The woman noted there is an ongoing issue with a neighbor who doesn’t like their chickens. The investigation continues.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Employees at two downtown businesses reported windows were broken sometime overnight. No entry was gained at either location. Estimated repair cost is $600 per window. Police plan to review video surveillance footage in hopes of identifying a suspect.

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman was the victim of a potential scam. On first glance, a mailer she received looked like she won a large sum of money and was required to pay a small fee. She sent a check. It was determined the mailer was for a sweepstakes business from out of state that has had many negative complaints. The officer noted the mailer was misleading and deceptive but didn’t necessarily cross the line into being criminal.

A 41-year-old Guemes Island man reported his $300 gray and yellow Trek mountain bike was stolen from the area of the main Guemes Island ferry terminal building. Surveillance video is being reviewed.

The owner of a downtown jewelry store called police to report a suspicious customer. The 32-year-old Anacortes man came into the store to ask about having a piece of jewelry made and told the owner he was carrying a gun. The owner said it appeared the man may have been casing the store, doing things such as looking at the bottom of display cases. It was noted the man did not make any threatening gestures.

The driver’s side window of a vehicle parked near the library was shattered around the noon hour. Estimated damage is $250.

The treasurer of a church in the 1000 block of 12th Street called to report a window on the west side of the church was broken. Estimated damage is $200.

A caller reported a seal pup on the beach at Cap Sante park and were concerned someone might bother it. The pup went back to the water and swam away.

While responding to an unrelated call, an officer was asked to look at possible drugs she found in a parking lot in the 7600 block of Highway 20. Two baggies of suspected heroin were taken by officers for destruction.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Police notified authorities in Georgia after an Anacortes resident reported someone tried to open credit cards in his name using an address in that state. The fraudster was unsuccessful but was previously arrested for a similar offense.

A 96-year-old Anacortes woman reported her vehicle was stolen from a parking lot. An officer found the vehicle in the lot where she left it and she was reunited with her vehicle.

Three older teens reported a backpack, purse, three phones and other items stolen while they were at the cliffs at Whistle Lake around 4:45 p.m. The three set their belongings by a tree stump and swam out to the cliffs. When they later returned, their stuff was missing.

A man reportedly stole a bag of cherries and a watermelon from a grocery store around 6:10 p.m. The man and a woman were allegedly overheard talking about avoiding an officer who drove by the store while they were inside. The stolen produce was round behind nearby dumpsters. The suspects were later identified and the man faces a charge of theft. Both were banned from the grocery store.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A 49-year-old Anacortes man allegedly took a silver and blue Schwinn bike from a carport at the back of a residence in the 2300 block of 23rd Street. The homeowner noticed the man taking the wheels off and confronted the man about what he was doing. The suspected thief claimed he found the bike down the street. The homeowner disputed that and took the bike back. The same man is suspected of stealing a black and yellow Specialized mountain bike from a carport in the 2300 block of 33rd Street.

A 48-year-old Anacortes man reported two pairs of Nike shoes totaling $200 were stolen from the front porch where the family leaves their shoes. He said this is not the first time it has happened. The officer encouraged the man to consider cameras or storing the shoes elsewhere to prevent thefts.

A 13-year-old Anacortes boy was trespassed from a local yogurt shop after allegedly stealing $5 out of the tip jar.

Friday, June 30, 2017

A bartender at an establishment in the 7600 block of Highway 20 called police after three men were disruptive. One man, who had already left, allegedly broke five drinking glasses. Another of them men had reportedly been trying to get someone else to come outside and fight. The two men who were still at the bar were banned from returning.

A resident concerned about a dog in a car downtown called police. While she was on the phone, the owner returned and drove away. 

A 39-year-old woman reported her $1,000 Jamis road bike stolen. She parked it in her driveway on Longview Avenue on Wednesday evening. Friday morning she noticed the bike was missing. 

Police were called to a fight at O Avenue and Seventh Street around 8:30 p.m. The victim, a 20-year-old Anacortes man, said he’d made comments about another man’s ex-girlfriend, who he was now dating, on Facebook. He said he essentially “called him out” and the other man was not happy about it. The victim sustained scrape marks on his right elbow. He declined to file charges. The suspect, a 20X-year-old Anacortes man, was advised not to handle disputes this way in the future.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Someone at a downtown establishment called police around 12:45 a.m. after an intoxicated 32-year-old Parker, Arizona, man mentioned shooting everyone at the business. The man didn’t want to pursue charges, he just wanted the man checked on. Officers found the man in the 1000 block of Fourth Street. He was highly intoxicated and appeared to be trying to start an altercation with two other men. Officers talked to the 32-year-old, who said he was walking to his motel. A short time later, officers were called because the motel was full and the man was causing a disturbance. Eventually, officers were able to find someone the man knew who was willing to let him stay the night. 

An officer contacted two men lighting sparklers with two young children at a local motel. Fireworks of any kind are not allowed in the city. The men apologized, saying they didn’t know. The fireworks had already been doused with water and cleaned up.

About $400 in damage was done to a wooden door frame at a business in the 800 block of Fifth Street. An officer noted it seemed unlikely that someone had pulled on the door enough from the outside to cause the damage. The plausible explanation was that someone accidentally ran into the door. The reporting party planned to check with staff.

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.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times