Police Beat

Uh, oh, someone stole some Christmas lights and now the police say Santa will hear from them if the thief is located.

A Rock Ridge Parkway resident called police on Wednesday to report the theft of a string of LED Christmas lights sometime during the early morning hours on Monday. Extra patrols of the area were requested. Santa will receive a note from the police department if the suspect is identified. 

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Just after 11PM on Saturday an APD Officer on patrol near Sharpes Corner observed an adult male on a skateboard that was known to her and known to have warrants for his arrest. Upon seeing the officer, the 31-year old rode away from her and was verbally confrontational upon initial contact. The subject was searched incident to arrest and the following items were found on him during the search—a used syringe and a container with a small amount of methamphetamine. He was booked in the Skagit County Jail on three Anacortes Municipal Court warrants and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sometime over the weekend, an unknown party accessed a contractor’s box truck and stole several tools valued at approximately $1,300. The truck was parked in a new development and was locked at the time it was entered. There are no suspects.

A Molly Lane business was burglarized sometime over the prior weekend and reported on Monday afternoon to police. The victim lost thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies that were stored in a shipping container. The suspect(s) broke a lock off the container to gain access to the supplies. Investigation continues.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A local woman contacted APD to report that she was the victim of identity theft. The woman stated that an unknown party had opened up a PayPal account in her name the previous year. She discovered the discrepancy when she reviewed her credit report.

A 15-year old juvenile male was arrested and cited for theft on Tuesday morning after he attempted to leave a local grocery store without paying for approximately $16 worth of deli items he had ordered. Police arrived and contacted the juvenile in the manager’s office where he was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car to await the arrival of his father.

The driver of a Honda pickup was cited for improper lane usage on Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle veered across the roadway on Q Avenue and struck a parked Ford pickup. The 80-year old Anacortes man told the investigating officer that he fell asleep at the wheel. He and a passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

A Q Avenue resident called police on Tuesday afternoon to report the theft of a new smartphone that had been delivered to her door sometime in the previous week. The victim spoke with her neighbors, but no one saw anything unusual. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue ran the plates of a green car and the registered owner returned with a suspended driver’s license. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with the 48-year-old Anacortes driver who stated that she thought her license had been reinstated. A routine driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended and she was taken into custody and issued a citation.  

A local woman called police late Tuesday evening to report that someone she had a protection order against had sent her a message via social media. An APD Officer arrived to speak with the woman, then contacted the suspect at his home within the city. The man admitted to sending the message and was taken into custody and transported to the police department. He was later released with a copy of his citation for violation of a protection order.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A 38-year-old Lynnwood man was determined to be the at-fault driver in a two-car collision at the intersection of O Avenue and 17th Street early Wednesday morning after his pickup struck the side of a large sedan. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage and the sedan was towed from the scene. The driver of the sedan sustained minor injuries.

A yellow Diamondback bicycle was stolen from the front porch of a home on the 3700 block of Portage Lane sometime on Tuesday night. There are no suspects.

Early Wednesday afternoon, a passerby at Causland Park called police to report an unattended black backpack. No identification was found in the bag so the bag containing a variety of miscellaneous items was logged as found property at the police department.

A 22-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on the shoulder of highway 20 on Wednesday afternoon after her car broke down on the side of the road and she was observed by APD Officers who were familiar with her. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to APD where she was booked and released on three Anacortes Municipal Court warrants. She also faces a no valid operator’s license infraction for operating the car without a valid license.

Two 14-year old juvenile males are facing possible possession of marijuana charges for a small amount of marijuana discovered on them by school officials. The School Resource Officer investigated the incident and sent a referral to the Skagit County Juvenile Prosecutors Office after interviewing both students and speaking with their parents. 

An APD Officer was in a local grocery store when he observed a 24-year-old male and 21-year-old female known to him. The officer ran a records check and determined that the woman had a felony warrant out of the Skagit County Superior Court and she had been banned from the store earlier in the year. She was taken into custody, booked in the county jail on her warrant, and given a copy of her trespassing citation. The male had two misdemeanor warrants out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court and he was taken into custody and booked and released on both warrants. He was also cited for trespassing since he had been trespassed from the store for one year beginning May 2017.

Just after 9PM on Wednesday, an APD Sergeant was in a local grocery store and observed a local man and woman she recognized from previous contacts. The sergeant ran a records check as the 66-year-old woman and 57-year-old man were leaving the building and the two had been trespassed from the store earlier in the year. Citations for trespassing were completed for both subjects and provided to the court for mailing.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

APD’s Animal Control Officer took a deceased deer report from the 1800 block of 10th Street on Thursday afternoon. City staff were advised and agreed to remove the carcass. 

APD Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Shannon Point Road on Thursday afternoon per the report of an SUV that had just struck a parked car. Investigation on scene revealed that a 61-year-old Anacortes woman was driving her SUV the down the wrong street, and was attempting a U-turn when she struck the parked vehicle. The woman smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to consuming alcohol approximately an hour prior to the accident. She agreed to a provide a voluntary breath sample which yielded a result of nearly three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody for DUI, taken to the police department to be processed, and later released to a sober friend.

A 30-year old Anacortes man was arrested for driving with license suspended on Thursday evening. An Anacortes Police Officer familiar with the driver pulled him over on SR 20 and arrested, cited, and released him after confirming that his license was suspended for failure to appear on unpaid tickets.

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

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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

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