Police Beat

Approximately $13,000 in tools, recreational equipment, and vehicles was stolen from a storage unit near Skyline Marina. Included in the July 28 theft were a 2000 BMW touring motorcycle, Washington license plate 8D2279; a black Giant “Rain X-2” mountain bike; a white and black Trek “Slash 7” mountain bike; a 9.9 horsepower Yamaha outboard engine; and a digital Snap On torque wrench. The incident occurred sometime after 9PM on Friday. Please contact APD by calling 911 reference APD case #17-A05838 with information about this case or items stolen in the incident

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

An out-of-town visitor contacted police on Saturday afternoon to report that someone had stolen the front license plate from her vehicle while parked at a motel on Commercial Avenue sometime the previous night.

A Vista Lane resident contacted police on Saturday evening to report that someone stole the gas can out of his fishing boat sometime overnight. There are no suspects.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A $400 bike rack was stolen from a vehicle parked on Ferry Terminal Road sometime between July 1 and July 30. The rack was locked into the hitch of the vehicle, but was somehow overcome and the rack was removed. There are no suspects.

Just after 10 o’clock on Sunday morning, an APD Officer on patrol pulled a maroon Chevy sedan over on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner for expired registration tabs as of February. The 31-year old Anacortes driver said she knew about the tabs and was unable to provide a valid driver’s license. A records check revealed that her license was expired and she was required to have an ignition interlock device, which was not present. Further, the woman had two misdemeanor warrants for similar charges out of Skagit County District Court. She was taken into custody on her warrants and new charges. She was later released from the scene as the jail would not accept her for booking.

Just before midnight on Sunday night, an APD Officer on patrol near 3rd and O Avenue observed a white SUV turn the corner at a high rate of speed, then run a stop sign at N Avenue and 4th Street and at M and 4th Street. The officer turned on his overhead lights at that time in an attempt to make a traffic stop. The vehicle fled for a few blocks, eventually stopping in the 1200 block of 7th Street where the male driver exited and ran eastbound on the sidewalk. The man was last seen running westbound on M Avenue near 6th Street. Backup officers arrived on scene, but were unable to find the suspect driver. The abandoned SUV was impounded. An open bottle of whiskey and two beer cans were discovered therein.

Monday, July 31, 2017

At 5:30 Monday morning, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1200 block of 4th Street observed a 23-year old woman known to him who had two warrants for her arrest—one for possession of a controlled substance and one for driving with license suspended. She was arrested on her warrants and a search incident to arrest resulted in the discovery of a plastic needle cap containing the remnants of heroin. She was booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrants and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

A $2,500 hydraulic press tool was stolen from a van parked in the ferry parking lot on K Avenue sometime over the weekend. The suspect broke a small window to gain access to the vehicle. Investigation continues.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the 900 block of O Avenue pulled a car over for going 8 miles per hour over the posted 25 mph speed limit early Tuesday morning. In speaking with the driver in the vehicle, the officer observed a 57-year old Eastsound man known to have a felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

At approximately 7:00 AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer pulled an older model Pontiac sedan over on South March’s Point Road for expired registration tabs as of May 2016. The 35-year old driver from Olga was found to have a warrant out of San Juan County for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. The 20-year old Mount Vernon woman in the passenger seat also had a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Both parties were taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail on their warrants.

There are no suspects in an incident involving a travel trailer that was damaged sometime during the last week of July while parked near the ferry terminal. The owner called police after discovering that the trailer jack and window were damaged and 4 wheels, a jack, and 4 cushions were stolen. Approximate cost to the owner for repair and replacement of the items is over $1,000.

At 4PM on Tuesday, APD Officers contacted two people occupying a minivan parked in a gravel parking lot on South Marches Point Road. The driver, a 34-year old Mount Vernon man, identified himself and a routine check of his records revealed that he had 5 warrants out of Anacortes, Skagit County District Court, and Mount Vernon. The 25-year old woman in the passenger seat also had warrants—two out of district court. The jail would not accept either subject, so they were booked and released on scene for their warrants.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 4th Street drove by a residence in the 1200 block and observed a 53-year old known to him who had a felony arrest warrant. The officer pulled over and yelled at the man to stop as he ran into the home and locked the door. Left standing outside was a 42-year-old woman, also known by police. A records check on the woman revealed that she had a felony Department of Corrections warrant and she was taken into custody and placed in the back of a patrol car as other officers arrived in preparation to search the home for the male who ran off. She was later handed over to DOC Officers for her warrant and faces possible possession of drug paraphernalia charges for items often used to ingest illicit drugs that were found in her backpack. Officers then entered the home and located the 53-year old male whom they initially saw in the front yard. He was taken into custody and a search of the area near him revealed a capped syringe and a backpack containing a used syringe. He was later transported to jail and booked on his warrant and possible charges of obstructing and possession of drug paraphernalia. During the course of the home search, officers also contacted a local 42-year old man who was booked and released at the scene on his warrants. Further, a 24-year old Friday Harbor man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Jail on two felony warrants.

Friday, August 4, 2017

On Friday afternoon, a local man contacted APD to report a fraud incident that occurred earlier in the week. A few days prior, a woman called him to inquire about work done to his computer earlier in the year. The woman offered to install security software in exchange for $800 worth of iTunes cards. The victim then purchased eight $100 cards, but was told that they were the wrong denominations. He then provided an additional $800 worth of iTunes cards in $50 denominations, but was told that they needed $500 more. He then began to think that the deal was a scam and refused to provide anything further.

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