Police Beat

Saturday was a windy day that called for police and city crews to deal with downed trees.

Police set up flares on 3rd Street and V Avenue on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 17) to warn drivers and pedestrians of a large fir tree that fell across the street. City crews were advised and later came to cut it up and clear the area. Meanwhile, another local resident called in a fallen tree on Heart Lake Road and an APD Officer responded to set out flares and contact a city crew to address the problem.

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

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

An APD Corporal was dispatched to the 3900 block of N Avenue to speak with a concerned resident reporting water flowing from the street onto her neighbor’s yard. The Corporal was able to divert the water by cleaning out the storm drain, then contacted the City of Anacortes Street Department to make them aware of the issue. Case closed.

A Friday Harbor man called police on Saturday to report that he had lost his older model iPhone somewhere in town. The man retraced his steps, but was unable to locate the phone and was hoping that someone had turned it in. APD had no record of the phone as no one had turned it in.

A 47-year-old Friday Harbor man was arrested and booked in the county jail on Saturday afternoon on an assault domestic violence charge and an Anacortes Municipal Court Warrant. A witness called 911 to report a domestic in progress and, based on vehicle and occupant descriptions, officers contacted a man and woman, later determined to be brother and sister, at a store on 12th Street. The male subject told an investigating officer that he and his sister got in an argument about the car and she broke his cellphone, but no assault occurred. A witness told police that the man and woman were arguing, and the male subject pulled the woman’s hair and punched her.

The driver of a late model Honda pickup was rear-ended on southbound SR 20 near Sharpes Corner late Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old Oak Harbor driver behind him was found to be at fault and was given an infraction for following too close. Her vehicle sustained heavy damage and it was towed from the scene. There were no injuries.

Just before 9 pm on Saturday, an APD Officer conducted a traffic stop on a late model silver sedan on Commercial Avenue near the intersection of 15th Street based on information that one of the occupants, a 30-year-old Anacortes woman, had a warrant for theft out of Anacortes Municipal Court. Officers made contact with the vehicle in a parking lot nearby a few moments before and, recognizing all three occupants, ran a routine background check on them. When the check returned with an arrest warrant for the driver, the vehicle was pulled over and the driver was arrested and booked in jail on her warrant. One occupant of the vehicle was allowed to leave the area on foot, and an additional occupant, a 22-year-old woman from Guemes Island, remained in the car. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the outside of the car and displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics in the car. The woman in the car was asked to step out of the car and officers observed a glass pipe with white residue in the area where she was seated. She was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia and later released. The vehicle was impounded and taken to the police department to be searched for illegal drugs.

Just after 10:30 on Saturday night, an APD Sergeant took a vehicle prowl report from Seafarers Park. The victim parked his rental van in the area about 4:30PM and when he returned to the van at 9:30PM, a laptop he had left in the van was missing. The victim thought the van might have been left unlocked since there were no signs of forced entry. There are no suspects.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

A 36-year-old Bellingham man, known to APD, was booked in jail early Sunday morning for violation of a no contact order and possession of drug paraphernalia for pieces of foil with burnt residue found on him at the time of his arrest. The man was contacted on Hillcrest Drive after his girlfriend called 911 to report that he was trying to break into a vehicle she had locked herself in. The man was hiding in another vehicle on the property when police arrived and he was taken into custody without incident. The reporting party, a local 39-year-old woman, was also arrested for two warrants out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, then transported to a relative’s house in town and released.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Just before 9AM on Monday morning, an on-duty APD Officer in a marked patrol car was driving westbound on State Route 20 when an older model Honda sedan passed him at over 64 mph in the posted 55 mph speed zone. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with the 25-year-old Mount Vernon driver who readily admitted that she did not have a valid driver’s license. She was taken into custody for driving with license suspended and given a copy of her citation and ticket for speeding and driving without insurance before she was released at the scene.

A local woman contacted police on Monday morning to report that someone had broken into her car while parked on Portage Lane sometime between 6PM Sunday night and approximately 9AM Monday morning. The car sustained damage to the passenger side window, caused by a rock, and the woman’s wallet was missing. There are no suspects.  

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Just after 2:30 AM on Wednesday, APD Officers pulled over a vehicle in the 800 block of 25th Street associated with a 26-year-old La Conner woman with a warrant for her arrest. The woman was not in the car at the time of the arrest, but investigation on scene revealed that she had just been dropped off at a nearby store and she was arrested at that location and booked in the jail on her warrant.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

A $75 bottle of tequila was stolen from a local grocery store on Thursday afternoon. Store representatives called police early that afternoon to report the theft and provided video surveillance of a male leaving the store without paying for the item. Investigation continues.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

On Friday morning, a local man called police to report a shopping cart locked up near a natural gas line on the corner of S Avenue and Longview Avenue. The reporting party was concerned because the cart contained electronics that might ignite the gas within the pipe. The officer took custody of the cart and miscellaneous contents, including a laptop.

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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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times