Police Beat

Police chased down a bicyclist who tried cutting across a grass yard, but still got caught.

Just before 5 PM on Monday afternoon, an APD Officer on patrol on K Avenue observed a man known to him riding his bicycle. The officer immediately recognized the subject as someone he had dealt with before and knew that he had a felony warrant for his arrest. Upon observing the officer in his marked patrol car, the 42-year old began peddling faster and turned eastbound on 9th Street from K Avenue. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren in pursuit of the bicyclist. The subject cut through a grass yard in an effort to elude the officer, but lost control of the bike and fell to the ground, which is where he stayed momentarily while placing something on the ground. The man then got up and walked towards the officer, ignoring verbal commands to stop. The officer took the man to the ground and arrested him on his warrant. When asked why he ran, the man said he didn’t want to go to jail. The items he placed on the ground were later discovered—two capped syringes. The man was booked in the Skagit County Jail on his warrant and additional charges of Resisting Arrest and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A 33-year old Anacortes man was cited for speeding, improper turn, and operating his vehicle without insurance early Saturday morning. The reporting party provided a vehicle description after the driver had allegedly tried to pick a fight downtown. An Anacortes Police Officer located the pickup and contacted him just off Oakes Avenue after observing him speed in the 30mph zone and make an illegal turn. In addition to his illegal driving, the man was unable to provide proof of insurance on his vehicle.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The owner of an unlocked vehicle parked on T Avenue called APD on Sunday to report that someone rummaged through her unlocked car the previous evening. Nothing of value was noticeably damaged or missing, but the owner wanted the police to be aware of the issue.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

At 2:30 on Tuesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol observed a bicycle riding northbound on O Avenue without a headlight in place. The officer contacted the rider, a 36-year old male from Anacortes, and told him of the reason for contact. The man stated that people keep stealing his lights, which is why he did not have them on the bike. The officer identified the man and a records check returned with an active felony warrant out of the Island County Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Heroin. The man was arrested on his warrant and transported to APD. Officers searched a backpack the subject was wearing at the time of his arrest and discovered several drug paraphernalia items including tin foil, a burnt spoon, and two glass pipes with drug residue. The man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and turned over to the Island County Sheriff’s Office for his warrant.

A boat owner contacted police on Tuesday to report that his 8-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor was stolen from his boat, which has been in dry storage at a local boat lot. There are no suspects.

On Tuesday morning, APD’s Animal Control Officer (ACO) responded to a found dog report on 39th Street. The reporting party stated that a large black and white dog followed him home and he locked it in the back yard. The dog acted aggressively towards the officer, so she went to her vehicle to retrieve a catchpole where the dog owner greeted her. The owner took custody of the dog without incident. The ACO later mailed the dog owner a letter advising her of the need to obtain a dog license for her pet.

A Bryce Drive resident called police to report a theft of nearly $5,000 worth of supplies and tools he uses for his home-based business. The items were taken sometime during the day on Tuesday from a yard shed adjacent to the residence. There are no suspects.

APD’s Animal Control Officer investigated the report of a dog left in a hot car on Commercial Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. The officer arrived and observed the dog in an air-conditioned vehicle with the owner present.

A West 2nd Street resident called police on Tuesday evening to report that she had just witnessed a juvenile male rummaging through her storage shed. The woman provided police with direction of travel and clothing descriptions and the juvenile was contacted a few moments after the call came in. As the responding officer was speaking with the suspect, an additional victim came to the scene, stating that the male had been rummaging through items in his garage as well. The juvenile was placed under arrest and a search of his backpack yielded a small baggie of marijuana and paraphernalia, as well as a bottle of beer. The 16-year old was booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on an investigative hold for two counts of 2nd Degree Burglary, Minor in Possession, and Possession of Marijuana charges.

Just after 8PM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 3200 block of Oakes Avenue observed a pickup traveling 52 mph in the posted 30 mph speed zone and pulled it over near the intersection of 32nd and Oakes. The 28-year old Gig Harbor driver told the Corporal that he was running late for the ferry that was scheduled to leave port in 20 minutes. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of May for an unpaid ticket. He was arrested, cited for driving with license suspended, and released from the scene.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Just before 1:30 on Thursday morning, an APD Officer was dispatched to assist a woman with a vehicle issue on State Route 20. The officer contacted a woman along the roadway who stated that her truck stopped running. The officer identified the37-year old woman and determined that she had a felony warrant for 2nd degree theft. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on her warrant.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A $250 Stihl brand lawn trimmer was reported stolen from the 1200 block of 12th Street sometime on Friday afternoon. The victim had been doing work on the lawn when he went inside for a break, then went back outside and discovered that his tool was gone. The victim told the officer that he saw someone riding away from the scene on a bike carrying the weed eater. The officer checked the area to look for a male subject matching the description provided, but was unable to locate anyone. Investigation continues.

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