Police Beat

Police located a resident who extensively trimmed two city-owned Poplar trees on the Tommy Thompson Trail without permission.

A City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation Manager contacted APD on Monday to report that two 30-foot Poplar trees alongside the Tommy Thompson Trail belonging to the city were extensively trimmed, possibly several weeks prior to the report. The investigating officer made contact with a resident who lived nearby and he admitted that he had trimmed the trees and was under the impression that he had the right to do so. He was advised to contact the Parks Department to settle the issue.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Anacortes Police Officers responded to Island View Place and E Avenue on Saturday evening per the report of a fight amongst several juvenile males who were near a parked car in the area. Officers spoke with four juvenile males and determined that the aggressor was a 15-year-old male who was under the influence of illicit drugs and he was striking another male that was in the car with him. The 15-year-old became aggressive with officers when they spoke with him and he struck one of the officers in the head with a closed fist.  He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to the hospital and custody was transferred to medical professionals. The juvenile now faces an assault charge for striking the officer.

An Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to a welfare check on a man and woman lying near a parking lot on the 900 block of 11th Street late Saturday night. The Sergeant spoke with the two individuals who said they were fine and did not need any assistance. A routine check on the 39-year-old male revealed that he had an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to APD and later released after agreeing to appear at his mandatory court appearance later in June.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

At 7:30PM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol on J Avenue observed a man stumbling on the sidewalk so he stopped to see if the man needed assistance. A routine check on the 62-year-old Anacortes man revealed that he had an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on a DUI case. He was taken into custody and booked in the county jail.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A 38th Street resident called police on Monday to report that someone had rummaged through his unlocked vehicle sometime the previous evening. Nothing of value was reported missing.

A local man contacted police on Monday to report that he was a fraud victim and wanted to provide details of the incident. The man stated that he was in touch with a user on a texting app who convinced him to purchase iTunes gift cards that he could sell at a profit. The victim purchased some cards, then texted photos of the bar codes to the fraudster, per his request. The victim was then told that he would only be paid if he purchased more cards. All told, the victim had spent approximately $7,000 on gift cards without any reimbursement or profit. The reporting party was told to cease any contact with the other party since he was being taken advantage of.

A cold vehicle prowl was reported to APD on Monday afternoon. Residents from the 800 block of 38th Street told the investigating officer that their unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through the previous night and an unknown amount of change was taken. The vehicle owners were advised to lock their doors whenever possible to avoid future prowls.

The Animal Control Officer took a dog bite report on Monday afternoon from a local woman who stated that her roommate was bitten by a dog on E Avenue earlier that day and sustained a minor injury. The woman did not witness the incident, but provided a description of the mixed-breed dog that bit her roommate and another dog that was running at large and was possibly involved in the incident. Two dogs matching that description were booked into the city pound the previous week, so the ACO contacted the owner to find out if the dogs were loose again and the owner confirmed that they had gotten out of a temporary fence she put up and had been returned to her by someone who found them.  The ACO advised the dog owner that her dog had bitten someone and should be placed in a 10-day quarantine. The dog owner agreed to comply with this request.

Just after 6PM on Monday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a possible disorderly conduct incident involving a vehicle with its rear window broken out, possibly by a skateboard. Officers also acted on a suspect vehicle and driver description and contacted a matching vehicle and 30-year-old driver near Sharpes Corner. Officers responded to Commercial Avenue and spoke with the owner of the vehicle who told officers that her boyfriend was mostly likely the one responsible for the incident as the two had been in an argument earlier that day. The 30-year-old male was taken into custody and booked on an investigative hold for malicious mischief.   

On Monday evening, an R Avenue resident called police to report a cold vehicle prowl from the previous evening. The woman told the officer that her unlocked car was rifled through and someone broke the interior glove box, but nothing further was damaged or missing. There are no suspects.

Just before 9PM on Monday, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue observed an older model Ford sedan driving 40mph in a 30mph zone. The officer pulled the car over in the 2600 block of Oakes and spoke with the 68-year-old Anacortes driver. A routine check on the driver returned with a driving while license suspended status and he was taken into custody and cited on scene before being released with a copy of his citation and speeding ticket for 10 mph over the posted speed limit.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Just before 2PM on Tuesday, the Animal Control Officer took a dog bite call from a woman whose small breed dog was bitten by a large breed dog that jumped from a boat moored at a marina on Q Avenue. The ACO took photos of injuries to the small dog and spoke with the owner of the large dog who admitted that his dog was not secured to his boat. The large dog was declared potentially dangerous and the owner said the dog would never return to Anacortes.

An APD Officer was on routine patrol on Tuesday afternoon when he observed the driver of a pickup who was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer pulled the car over on 19th Street and spoke with the 60-year-old driver. The driver admitted that he did not have a valid license but was only driving a few blocks from work to home. He was taken into custody, cited, and released for driving while license suspended.

Friday, June 8, 2018

An accident at 4th Street and Q Avenue on Friday afternoon resulted in a minor injury to the driver of an older model Toyota sedan. The sedan was westbound on 4th Street when a newer model Toyota sedan pulled into the intersection, causing a collision between the two vehicles. The 38-year-old male driver of the newer car was issued an infraction for failure to stop at the intersection.

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

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

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