Police Beat

Police are investigating the theft of construction tools worth several thousand dollars stolen from the high school construction project.

A contractor container stored at the high school construction site was broken into sometime over the weekend of Jan. 6-7 and several thousands of dollars’ worth of tools from therein were stolen. Police recovered several of the stolen items strewn around in the area and returned them to the contractor. Investigation continues. 

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Just before 11AM on Saturday, APD Officers contacted a woman who had just been assaulted by her boyfriend. The woman complained of pain in her face from her boyfriend striking her in the face with a closed fist. Her boyfriend, a 39-year old from Day Creek, had fled the scene and officers did not locate him until later that day. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail for domestic violence assault.  

An Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol late Saturday night observed a sports car near the intersection of 12th and D driving over the divider lines on the roadway at a speed that appeared to be over the 30mph speed limit. The Corporal pulled the car over and spoke with the 32-year old male driver. The driver had watery, bloodshot eyes and he moved very slowly and deliberately. He also smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking a beer approximately one hour prior to driving. The driver took voluntary roadside tests, failing each of them. Further, her provided a voluntary breath sample yielding approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate his vehicle. He was arrested for DUI and later booked in jail.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Police responded to a verbal domestic in progress on the 3600 block of West 6th Street late Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived, they could hear screaming in the house and quickly separated the husband and wife who were arguing to find out what was going on. The wife had a cut to her hand and offered that she and her husband were arguing and she broke a picture frame out of anger, cutting her hand in the process. Nothing else physical had occurred, so the two agreed to separate for the evening. The woman will receive a malicious mischief domestic violence citation in the mail for her involvement in this incident. 

Monday, January 8

A 70-year old Anacortes woman was cited for failure to yield after she unsuccessfully attempted to cross highway 20 from west to east at Fidalgo Bay Road. Her SUV struck the side of a northbound sedan, causing reportable damage to both vehicles. The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries in the collision.

An APD Sergeant responded to the area of Hillcrest and Stankus Place early Monday afternoon per the report of multiple people and vehicles coming in and out of the area. The Sergeant drove past a small car, recognized the man driving the car, and later contacted him after checking his driving status that returned suspended since November 2016. The 28-year old driver was arrested and cited for driving with license suspended. The 22-year old female passenger was the registered owner of the car. She was taken into custody for allowing an unauthorized person to driver her vehicle and her car was towed from the scene and impounded. Both occupants were later released after receiving their citations.

Nearly $1,000 worth of miscellaneous tools was stolen from a trailer parked in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue. The owner said the theft occurred sometime between Friday and Monday afternoon. There are no suspects.

Just before midnight on Monday night, an Anacortes Police Corporal was on patrol near Christianson Road and SR 20 when he observed a woman walking along the shoulder and stopped to contact her. The woman declined a ride from the Corporal, but was placed under arrest after a background check revealed she had two warrants for driving with license suspended out of Anacortes Municipal Court and Skagit County District Court. She was booked and released after agreeing to appear in court later in the month. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

An officer on patrol in the area of Christianson Road and SR 20 observed a parked dark colored sedan idling in the parking lot of a closed business for several minutes. The officer contacted the two vehicle occupants and recognized the 28-year-old woman in the passenger seat. A routine background check revealed that she had a misdemeanor warrant and she was taken into custody and booked and released on scene for her warrant after agreeing to appear for her January court date.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just before 4AM on Wednesday, APD Officers responded to a one-car crash on SR 20 near Reservation Road. Officers arrived and spoke with both vehicle occupants who were in an ambulance ready for transport to the hospital for treatment. The driver, a 30-year old man from Eastsound, Washington, told the officer that he and the passenger were sleeping in the car and decided to drive somewhere to get warm. In speaking with the man, the officer noticed that his speech was slurred, his face was sweaty, and his eyes were watery. The driver was taken into custody for driving under the influence and with the approval of a judge, a blood sample was taken at the hospital and sent to the lab for analysis. Both occupants were treated for their injuries and released later that morning.

A brown and tan domestic male rabbit was handed over to the Animal Control Officer on Wednesday afternoon. The rabbit does not have a chip or other identifiers and will be brought to the humane society if the owner does not contact the police department.

A local man called police to report that his car was stolen sometime overnight. Investigation on scene revealed that the police department impounded the vehicle the previous day.

An APD Officer stopped a car on 17th and Q on Wednesday evening and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. The car was searched and one of the vehicle occupants, an 18-year old from Burlington, admitted the marijuana was his. He was cited for Possession of Marijuana.

Just before midnight on Wednesday, APD Officers responded to a residence in the area of 17th Street and N Avenue to investigate a 911 call that ended abruptly.  Once at the residence, officers spoke with the reporting party who said he was victimized by a man known to him. Police were told that the male suspect came to the victim’s house demanding money that he owed him. When the victim denied owing him money, the suspect stole headphones from around his neck and a hat off his head, then walked off. Police located the suspect nearby and he was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for robbery and drug possession for pills that were found on him when he was arrested.    

Thursday, January 11, 2018

An APD Corporal took a report on a three-car, non-injury crash on SR 20 near Christianson Road. A 32-year old Mount Vernon man was cited for driving too fast for conditions when his vehicle failed to stop quickly enough at the intersection and he struck an SUV. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage. A pickup was also involved in the incident and received minor damage. There were no injuries.

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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