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A car sustained heavy damage when it ran off Fidalgo Bay Road into a ditch, hit a boulder and flipped onto the passenger side.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A 31-year old Anacortes man was involved in a one-car, non-injury accident on Saturday afternoon and was issued a citation for driving with wheels off roadway as a result. An APD Officer was dispatched to Fidalgo Bay Road to investigate the incident and observed the driver standing by his car that had several deflated tires, a large dent in the hood and front bumper, and cracked windows. The driver told the officer that he was driving northbound when his vehicle suddenly pulled sharply to the left causing it to go off the road and into the ditch on the west side of the road, then it struck a large rock that caused it to flip on the passenger side. A passerby stopped to help get the vehicle onto all four wheels. The driver admitted that the car was having mechanical problems earlier, but didn’t think anything of it. The driver admitted that he was driving approximately 10mph over the posted speed limit, which was also thought to be a contributing factor in the accident.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

An APD Officer was on patrol near 32nd and D Avenue on Sunday night when he observed an older model Pontiac with a burnt-out headlight. The officer pulled the car over on 32nd Street and spoke with the 22-year old woman driving the car. The officer ran a routine driver’s check on the driver and discovered that her license was in suspended status as of October 2017. She was placed under arrest and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She was then released from the scene after agreeing to show up for her court date later in the month.

Monday, April 9, 2018

A City of Anacortes facility at 22nd and R Avenue sustained $500 in damages to the men’s restroom sometime over the weekend during daytime hours. There are no suspects.

A local man contacted police on Monday to report that he was a fraud victim and wanted to provide an informational report. The fraud stemmed from a call he made reference an unknown charge that appeared on his internet music service account. The victim called the listed number, 1-855-664-0066, and spoke with two different people who told him they could fix the account issue if he provided several payments on iTunes cards. The victim provided $700 worth of Apple Store and iTunes cards before calling the Apple Store’s official customer service number. Apple’s customer service told the victim that they would never ask for money over the phone. An online search of the phone number revealed that several others have reported a scam reference the toll free number provided by the victim.

A 42-year old Anacortes man was arrested late Monday morning near the intersection of 27th Street and Q Avenue. An Anacortes Police Officer recognized the man from previous contacts and ran a routine records check via dispatch and it was determined that he had a Department of Corrections warrant. He was arrested on his warrant and faces possible possession of drug paraphernalia charges for a glass pipe found on him at the time he was arrested.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A 27-year old Anacortes man was arrested on Wednesday and cited for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief for his involvement in a dispute with his ex-girlfriend the previous day. Officers spoke with the man’s ex-girlfriend on Tuesday evening to investigate the 911 call she had placed just before 7:30PM. The woman stated that she and her ex-boyfriend had had ongoing arguments throughout the afternoon that continued to escalate and culminated in him breaking a plate that was thrown at her and grabbing her by the arm. The man left for a while, but returned later in the day which is when the woman called police for help. He left the area and police did not locate him that evening, however, he was located and arrested at her home on Wednesday morning. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the county jail where he was booked on his charges.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Honda commercial grade pressure washer valued at $1,200 was stolen from a residence on the 4500 block of Fidalgo Bay Road on Wednesday night. There are no suspects at this time.

APD Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of K Avenue just before 11AM on Thursday to investigate a motor vehicle theft incident that had occurred a few minutes prior. Investigation on scene revealed that the home the car was stolen from was burglarized which may have given the suspect(s) access to the vehicle keys. The vehicle was recovered on Friday afternoon thanks to a tip from a local resident. The incident is still under investigation.

A 60-year old Anacortes woman was given a traffic infraction for following too close for her involvement in a two-car, minor injury collision on Thursday afternoon just after 3:30PM near the corner of 12th and D Avenue. The suspect driver told police that she saw the vehicle stop in front of her, but was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. She was treated by medics on scene for a minor injury, then released.

A two-car rear end collision at 12th and D Avenue at 4PM on Thursday resulted in reportable damage to a Mazda sedan. There were no injuries. The 24-year old driver of the at-fault vehicle admitted that he was not paying attention to the vehicle in front of him and he was issued a ticket for following too closely and operating a vehicle without insurance. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Friday, April 13, 2018

On Friday morning at 8:15, an APD Officer was dispatched to a local grocery store to investigate a theft that had just taken place. Per store employees, a male carted approximately $170 worth of merchandise out to his SUV and began loading it. When he realized he was being watched, he drove away southbound on R Avenue. Based on a vehicle and suspect description, Swinomish Tribal Officers contacted the man on SR 20 and Christianson Road and took him into custody.

On Friday afternoon, APD Officers took a vehicle prowl report from a resident on the 3900 block of West 3rd Street. The reporting party told police that sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, the lock on the driver’s side of her car was tampered with. A professional locksmith looked at the car and suggested that someone had shoved an object into the lock, possibly in an attempt to open it. It will cost the victim over $400 to repair her car. There are no suspects.

At 5:30PM on Friday, an APD Officer made a traffic stop on an older model Ford sedan with a missing front license plate and missing registration tabs on the existing plate. When informed of the reason for the stop, the woman stated that the rear plate fell off the car earlier in the day, so she replaced it with the front plate. She also told the officer that she did not have a valid driver’s license. A routine check confirmed that the 40-year old Anacortes driver’s license was suspended as of February 2015. She was cited for driving with license suspended and released at the scene.

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.

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