Police Beat

The owner of a boat in dry-dock said someone stole navigation and other equipment valued at several thousand dollars over the previous week.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

An APD Officer was dispatched to a dry-docked boat in Skyline on Saturday afternoon per the report from the owner that the boat had been tampered with. Investigation on scene revealed that someone had entered the boat sometime in the previous week and stolen several thousand dollars’ worth of navigation equipment, a windlass, and a generator. Additionally, there was standing water in the vessel due to the top hatches being left open and misuse of the lavatory. Investigation continues.

A local 49-year old man was pulled over after an APD Officer who knows him observed him driving eastbound on 41st Street at H Avenue. The officer ran a check on the driver that revealed that his license was suspended. He was taken into custody without incident and a search revealed a clear baggie with methamphetamine and a pipe with meth residue. He was released at the scene and faces possible drug possession and driving with license suspended charges.

An APD Corporal on patrol on Q Avenue observed a 26-year old Bellingham man known to police riding his bicycle on the roadway. The Corporal detained the man while confirming a felony warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court. He was placed in a patrol car and driven to the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon where he was booked on his warrant.

APD Officers were dispatched to the area near the 500 block of 38th Street per the report of a male and a female screaming at each other. Officers located a 31-year old known to them in the side yard of a home in the area after hearing him yell loudly. The subject explained that he was upset with his ex-girlfriend who was inside the home. In speaking with her, it was determined that the man was yelling and screaming and had sprayed the house with a garden hose. He was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and searched incident to arrest. Officers discovered a glass pipe often used to smoke methamphetamine with white residue in it. After spending some time in a detention cell at APD, the man was given a citation for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, then released.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A 30x18 inch solar panel was stolen from the 1400 block of 5th Street sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

A 17-year old gray and white tabby cat was reported missing on Monday morning. The Animal Control Officer added the cat to a list of animals that have been reported lost in the city.

A local woman attempted to purchase $174 worth of auto parts from a man named “Kenneth” from Daytona Beach, Florida but the parts never arrived. The suspect requested payment via wire transfer and once the transfer was complete, “Kenneth” called her back once again to ask if she wanted to send more money for rims for her car. She declined his offer and his phone line was disconnected when she attempted to call him back at a later time.

An APD Officer responded to a business on the 1900 block of Commercial on Monday afternoon per the report of a dog in a hot car. The officer spoke with the owner of the car who stated that he would be leaving within a few minutes. The dog appeared in good spirits and healthy and the windows of the vehicle were rolled down.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Animal Control Officer took an abandoned-cat call on Tuesday afternoon. The reporting party stated that there was a cat that looked ill in the 1000 block of 12th Street. The ACO was unable to locate the animal, but informed a local pet shelter in the event the animal was located.

A couch was dumped in the roadway on the 1400 block of 16th Street at approximately 1:30 on Tuesday morning. It was moved out of the road and the city sanitation crew was advised of its location for pickup.

The Animal Control Officer responded to a barking dog complaint on Down Jones Way on Tuesday morning. In speaking with the dog owners, it was determined that the small dogs were outside barking constantly for close to an hour. The owners were reminded of the barking ordinance in the city and a letter was sent reminding them of the need to license their dogs as well.

A local man contacted police on Tuesday afternoon to report a fraudulent college grant notification he received via email earlier in the month. The man responded to the email with a completed application, including his personal identifying and credit card information. The fraudster offered to provide half of the $40,000 grant for free or the full amount for a fee. The victim submitted $800 via wire transfer to “John A. Cook” but continued to receive phone calls that he thought were suspicious, so he discontinued contact and froze his bank accounts. The number provided returned to a phone based out of Jamaica.

A set of $5,000 hearing aids were reported stolen on Tuesday afternoon. The owner stated that the devices were stolen from the center console of her car that was parked at the hospital in the early afternoon hours on August 23. There are no suspects.

On Tuesday afternoon a 4th Street resident called police to report that two mountain bikes with a total value of approximately $550 were stolen from his back yard sometime in the previous several days. The front tire of one of the bikes was left at the scene.

Loud noise coming from a building on the 800 block of 5th Street at 11:20 Tuesday night lead to a 911 call by a neighbor nearby. An officer responded and spoke with a building occupant who agreed to quiet down for the evening and stop future jam sessions a bit earlier in the evening.

Wednesday, August 30, 3017

A 45-year old Anacortes man was booked and released on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia early Wednesday morning. An APD Sergeant contacted the man while riding his bike on Thompson Road without a rear deflector. He was taken into custody without incident and released after agreeing to appear at his September court date.

A 32-year old Mount Vernon woman was arrested and charged with driving with license suspended just after midnight on Wednesday morning. The woman was driving 65mph on highway 20 when she was pulled over by an APD Officer. A routine driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended as of April 2014. She was released at the scene after agreeing to have a licensed driver pick her up.

On Wednesday night about 6:30, an APD Officer contacted two men by a car parked in a gravel parking lot in the 9600 block of S March’s Point Road. The officer contacted them with the assumption that their vehicle was disabled and he stopped to help them. After the officer determined there was not an issue with the car, he left the area, then re-contacted the car a while later while driving on SR 20 towards Anacortes after noticing a badly cracked windshield and expired registration tabs. The 52-year old Oak Harbor driver had a suspended license and he was taken into custody. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the vehicle and exhibited a change of behavior consistent with narcotics in the car. The driver gave the officers permission to search the car and a search yielded a needle cap inside the car and a baggie of meth and used syringe in the engine compartment. The driver was released from the scene and faces possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges as well as ignition interlock, driving with license suspended, failure to transfer title, and expired registration charges.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A $600 Trek bike was reported stolen from a marina on T Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The bike was secured with a chain which appeared to be melted by a plasma cutter or blow torch when the owner went to retrieve it. The bike is black and lime green in color with a small bag under the seat and a lime green speedometer.

A local man called police to report that a black backpack containing approximately $300 worth of clothing and electronics was taken from the bank of Whistle Lake earlier in the day. There are no suspects.

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