Police Beat

Twelve vehicle prowls in the area of Fir Crest Boulevard and Westwood Drive were reported to police on Sunday and Monday, July 23 & 24. All the unlocked vehicles were accessed on Saturday evening. There were a range of items stolen including garage door openers, keys, loose change, electronics, and tools.

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

An APD Officer on patrol early Saturday morning observed a Honda Civic in the hospital parking lot with the door ajar. Further observation revealed that there was a man sprawled across the front passenger seat, asleep. The officer woke the man. The vehicle occupant apologized for sleeping in his vehicle and told the officer that he could not move the car because someone stole the keys. The 49-year old man was asked if there were any drugs in the car and he despondently reached between the seats and grabbed a glass pipe with white powder residue. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, then released from the scene.

Just after 4:30 Saturday morning, an APD Sergeant was dispatched to a small fire in Rotary Park on T Avenue. She went to the Cap Sante lookout as a vantage point and observed a 40-year old known to her sitting on a park bench. The man had a felony warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody without incident. The Sergeant then searched the man’s backpack and discovered two glass pipes and used cotton swabs as well as a plastic baggy containing methamphetamine. The jail was full and could not accept him, so the man was released at the scene and now faces possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia charges.

A 33-year old Anacortes man was arrested for driving with license suspended on Saturday morning by an APD Officer who pulled him over while driving an SUV with expired registration tabs. He was released from the scene and agreed to call a licensed driver to move the vehicle.

An Anacortes resident on 15th Street contacted police to report that his blue Fuji brand bike was stolen from his driveway sometime overnight. There are no suspects.

At 2PM on Saturday, an APD Officer spoke with a parent who reported that the previous evening his toddler-aged son was bitten by a dog at Seafarers Memorial Park. The man told the officer that his son approached a large dog and, with the owner’s permission, went to pet it. The dog bit the child’s face several times before it could be separated from the child. The child was treated and released from the hospital that evening. On Monday, the Animal Control Officer served the dog owner with declaration of a dangerous dog paperwork.

The APD K-9 Officer was dispatched to an apartment complex on 27th Court on Saturday night just after nine o’ clock per the report of suspicious activity possibly involving drugs. Upon arrival at the complex, the officer went to a pickup truck thought to be associated with the drug activity to investigate. K-9 T-Bone did an external sniff of the vehicle, indicating that there were drugs therein. Officers also found a capped needle in the center console and several bags in the bed of the pickup and later spoke with the driver of the vehicle who was a guest of an apartment tenant. When asked, the 26-year old Sedro-Woolley woman told the officer that there was drug paraphernalia in the pickup and the bags in the back and the bags belonged to her boyfriend, a 28-year old Mount Vernon man who was also on scene. In speaking with the male and female, it was determined that they were both responsible for the drug paraphernalia and both were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, then released at the scene. Officers impounded the vehicle and applied for a search warrant that was later granted. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of heroin, Suboxone, and foil, straws, a spoon, and other drug paraphernalia items. The male and female associated with the vehicle face possible drug possession charges as a result of the search.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Subaru parked on Ferry Terminal Road was broken into and vandalized at some point during the 5 days it was parked there. The driver side window was smashed and the right rear tire was punctured. Additionally, a CD player, subwoofer, and amplifier valued at approximately $900 were removed from the car. There are no suspects.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A 64-year old woman known to police was contacted just after noon on Monday in the 12000 block of S Fidalgo Bay Road per the report of an abandoned motor home in the area. The woman said that the vehicle broke down and she was looking for a permanent place to stay outside of city limits. She was cited for living in her vehicle and officers cleared the scene.

A 25-year old Mount Vernon man was arrested in the 1100 block of 7th Street on Monday afternoon for 3 misdemeanor warrants for malicious mischief and driving with license suspended. He was transported to the police department and later booked and released on his warrants.

At approximately 8PM on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of Q Avenue observed a 40-year old he recognized who had a Skagit County Superior Court warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The man was taken into custody and a search of the backpack in his possession revealed a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue and a plastic bag of methamphetamine. The man was later transported to jail and booked on his warrant and an investigative hold for drug and paraphernalia possession as well as possession of another’s identification for a woman’s ID found in his wallet at the time of arrest.

Friday, July 28, 2017

APD Officers were dispatched to Christianson Road just before 4 AM on Friday morning per the report from a woman that her boyfriend had just head-butted her during an argument. Police arrived and spoke with the woman who had a bloody nose from the assault. The 27-year old boyfriend had left the scene when she called police and was located minutes later by Swinomish Tribal Police at the casino. He was interviewed and later taken to jail for a domestic violence assault charge. A background return on the female victim revealed that she had 3 misdemeanor warrants. She was booked and released on her warrants at the scene.

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