Police Beat

The 74-year-old La Conner woman called police on Saturday to make sure they were aware of a Facebook post about damage to a home caused by a transient taken in for the night. She did not know the person who posted the comment or where the incident occurred. The post, on a popular Anacortes group site, was a tongue-in-cheek account of taking in a snowman out of the cold who left just a puddle on the kitchen floor.

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

Friday, December 22, 2017

A 50-year-old Anacortes man called police to report someone slashed his tire while it was parked in the 1200 block of I Avenue. He said he would call back with the name of a person he was suspicious of.

 A $20 snowboard tool kit and a season ski pass were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 500 block of Commercial Avenue. The caller said it happened about a week ago. He said he needed a police case number in order to get a replacement season pass.

Three people known to police face drug charges after their car was pulled over. An officer saw what appeared to be a cigarette thrown from the moving vehicle and initiated a traffic stop around 7:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of 24th Street. A 24-year-old Friday Harbor man was detained on a warrant. During a search, he volunteered that he had a fake $100 bill in his hat. He was later booked and released. Police dog T-Bone was deployed around the outside of the vehicle and indicated there were drugs in the vehicle. One passenger, a 47-year-old Anacortes woman, reportedly said she hates the dog -- he is cute but she hates him. The vehicle was towed and, after getting a search warrant, officers found numerous drug paraphernalia items.

An officer pulled over a vehicle whose registered owner has a suspended license around 10:40 p.m. During a search, an officer found drug paraphernalia in her wallet. The 39-year-old Mount Vernon woman claimed someone left the items on her windshield and she put them in her wallet to show her lawyer. Police dog T-Bone was deployed around the outside of the vehicle and indicated there were drugs inside. The vehicle was towed and, after getting a search warrant, officers found a baggie of suspected meth. Charges are pending.

A 20-year-old Anacortes woman faces a theft charge after reportedly stealing a $15 bottle of vodka from a grocery store. A 17-year-old boy, who was at the store with his mom, met up with the woman, an acquaintance, as they all walked into the store.  He was with her when she allegedly put the bottle down her pants. He told officers he was not aware she was going to steal and left to rejoin his mom as soon as it was clear she was taking the liquor. He was trespassed from the store for one year.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A couple called police after checking on a friend’s home in Skyline and finding it had been burglarized. The front door had been kicked in and the entire residence had been ransacked. Officers found most of the drawers and cupboards were either left open or had been removed. Several fingerprints were lifted and sent to the lab for analysis. The homeowner planned to return early from a trip and will inventory what was stolen. The investigation continues.

A 42-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after she and her 35-year-old brother got into a physical fight at their mother’s house. It started when the son called police to have his sister removed as she had been drinking, a violation of house rules, and had made a mess of the room she was staying in. The woman reportedly shoved him several times. She was booked into jail.

A 25-year-old Anacortes man and a 24-year-old Friday Harbor man were  banned from a Reservation Road business complex after reportedly looking through dumpsters. The 24-year-old claimed “some chick” at a business there gave permission to collect items out of the back dumpster area. There was no evidence anything had been taken.

A 31-year-old woman called police to request a welfare check on her 55-year-old mom as the daughter was concerned after not hearing from her. It was determined her mom was sick and had been sleeping all day.

A 21-year-old Anacortes man called police to report a road rage incident. He told officers he was merging westbound on Highway 20 when a silver Mazda approached him from the rear. The driver pulled alongside him and the man began gesturing before pulling behind him again and flashing his headlights. The man followed the 21-year-old to his girlfriend’s house and pulled into the driveway behind him. The 21-year-old said he stepped out of his car and displayed his weapon, which he has a concealed license for. He said he did not point it at the man, leaving it pointed at the ground. The other driver then left. He wanted law enforcement aware of the situation in case the other driver called.

A 44-year-old Anacortes woman called police after being rear-ended at Commercial Avenue and 32nd Street around 11:15 p.m. The other vehicle was lodged on top of an electrical box. The other driver, a 46-year-old Anacortes woman, said her windshield was fogged over and she couldn’t see well. She tried to stop once she saw the other vehicle stopped but was unable to stop in time. She was cited for failure to stop at an intersection.

Sunday, December 24

A resident reported a $125 3-foot tall white LED reindeer was stolen from the courtyard in front of his unit in Skyline. There are no suspects.

A 67-year-old Anacortes woman called police after seeing someone steal a package from her neighbor’s doorstep in the 1400 block of Ninth Street. Police were unable to find the suspect or suspect vehicle. The homeowner confirmed a package had been delivered containing about $15 worth of ink pens.

A 72-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after police were called to a bar in the 1000 block of Seventh Street. The man was reportedly yelling at other patrons and officers saw him move aggressively toward a younger couple. After refusing to acknowledge officers and continuing to harass the couple, the man was taken to the ground and handcuffed. A bar patron noted the man mentioned having a gun on his person or in his vehicle. Officers, who noted the man was extremely intoxicated, patted him down for weapons, finding none. The man denied having a gun in his vehicle and officers did not see any in plain view. A bartender noted the issue started when the man ordered a pitcher of beer and then later asked for his change. The bartender told him he hadn’t paid yet and he got upset. The man was cited and given a ride home.

Someone reported a person crawling on the sidewalk and doing yoga around 9:25 p.m. near 22nd Street and L Avenue. Officers contacted an extremely intoxicated 59-year-old Anacortes man who refused a ride home. He told officers he lived a couple of blocks away and was going home.

A 46-year-old Oak Harbor woman called police to check on her 88-year-old mother. Officers found an open back door at the residence and found the woman, who appeared to have fallen and was unable to get up. Aid transported her to the hospital.

Monday, December 25, 2017

A 31-year-old Anacortes woman faces a charge of violating a no contact order after officers saw her in a car with a 41-year-old Anacortes man who she is prohibited from contacting. The man had warrants for his arrested and was booked into jail.

A 25-year-old Anacortes woman faces a charge of domestic violence malicious mischief after reportedly breaking two windows on her ex-husband’s RV. The woman’s 27-year-old brother also reportedly threatened the ex-husband. Both left before officers arrived.

A man called police to report a vehicle prowl in progress behind Subway around 8:15 p.m. Police contacted a 40-year-old transient man who said the truck he was rummaging through belongs to his boss and he was collecting clothing from the truck bed to wash.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A 16-year-old Anacortes boy faces charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and drug and alcohol charges after allegedly breaking into a church. Police were called to a church after an employee reported someone had gone through several rooms. Someone broke a glass pane out of an exterior door to gain entry. Officers identified the teen using video footage of the break-in. Police served a search warrant on his home and seized many items from the teen’s bedroom. Several items were linked to other vehicle prowls reported recently.

A 54-year-old Anacortes man reported someone stole sunglasses and a stereo remote control from his unlocked vehicle in the 3000 block of I Avenue. The two subjects then reportedly approached the front door and attempted to open it. The man said his security video picked up the two suspects. A neighbor also got video footage of the two walking around the rear of his residence and peering into doors and windows. The investigation continues.

A wireless speaker was reported stolen out of an unlocked vehicle in the 3800 block of R Avenue. The speaker was later recovered and returned to the owner.

A grocery store manager called police after two juvenile females reportedly stole a $23 bottle of vodka. They arrived together, with one purchasing a juice and the other putting the liquor under her sweatshirt. The two met up and walked out of the store. Police are working to identify the two from surveillance video.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An attempted burglary was reported at a home in the 2400 block of J Avenue. The homeowner noticed a screen had been cut and the screen frame removed from a window. The window was secure and no entry was made. Officers believe the incident is connected to the recent church burglary.

A 69-year-old man reported someone vandalized the mailbox at his home in the 4100 block of A Avenue. About five days ago someone threw a pumpkin at the mailbox, which did little damage but took time to clean up. Today, he reported someone threw a small bag of gravel at the mailbox, which did cause some damage.

A resident received a call requesting a $400 donation from someone indicating they were from the Anacortes Police Department. An officer confirmed the solicitation was a fraud.

Police were called after a man in a pink dress tried to steal a bottle of whiskey from a grocery store. The whiskey was recovered and the man left in a vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle on Highway 20 and contacted the driver, a 41-year-old Hope Island woman. She said she gave the man a ride to the bus stop near Rite Aid. The 34-year-old man was later found at a local restaurant and trespassed from the grocery store.

A resident was concerned about a transient woman wearing pajamas asking for money at 12th Street and Commercial Avenue around 4 p.m. An officer contacted the 37-year-old woman, who said she had a place to stay for the night. The officer let her know about the cold weather shelter. She declined any assistance.

Police were called on a 19-year-old Anacortes woman who was at a home in violation of a no contact order. She also had a warrant. An officer arrived and identified himself. The woman, who was outside, took off running into the house. The officer followed and, with the homeowner’s help, found the woman behind a couch upstairs. She was taken into custody after a struggle with several officers. A woman at the residence claimed the 19-year-old stole some items from her. The other woman’s cell phone was found on the 19-year-old, who was unable to explain why she had it. Officers also noted she smelled of intoxicants. She was booked into jail and faces additional charges of malicious mischief, resisting arrest, underage drinking and attempted theft.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A 38-year-old Anacortes woman faces a charge of domestic violence assault after a fight with her sister. The sister tried to intervene when the 38-year-old was reportedly being mean to her dog. The woman then allegedly slapped her sister in the face, started pushing her and trying to punch her in the face. The sister said she did slap her sister back instinctively. The 38-year-old left the house on foot with her dog.

A resident reported seeing what they believed to be two teenagers attempting to break into a restaurant around 11:30 p.m. Officers contacted employees who were closing the restaurant.

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

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