Police Beat

A mariner parked his pickup and boat near the Anacortes Marina on Q Avenue for one hour on Saturday afternoon, July 28, with the doors locked. Sometime between 12PM and 1PM, someone entered the locked pickup and stole a red Honda generator valued at approximately $1,000 from within the vehicle. There are no suspects.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A 27-year-old Tacoma woman was arrested for driving under the influence just after midnight on Saturday morning. The woman was driving her late model SUV on D Avenue past a marked patrol car on stationary patrol in the 1400 block. The SUV passed over the fog line multiple times, then the center line as it traveled southbound on D Avenue. The officer was following the SUV as it turned east on to 32nd Street, driving 40 miles per hour in the 30 mile per hour zone. The officer activated his overhead emergency lights and pulled the SUV over. As the vehicle slowed to a stop, it began to roll backwards, nearly hitting the patrol car. Initial observations of the driver were slurred speech and watery eyes as well as a strong smell of alcohol. The woman admitted that she was in town “celebrating” and voluntarily took roadside sobriety tests. After performing poorly on the tests and providing a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle, the woman was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD. She was later released to a sober adult.

Just after eight o’clock on Saturday morning, an APD Officer responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash at 22nd Street and Commercial Avenue. A 17-year-old male driver was found to be at fault and he was issued a traffic ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device. He sustained minor injuries in the collision.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Just before 1AM on Sunday, a man called police to report that his girlfriend hit him after he broke up with her. The responding officer met with the man who said he called police after an argument between the two began to escalate and culminated in her striking him in the chin before she walked off. While the officer and victim spoke, a disheveled woman came walking by and the man confirmed that it was his girlfriend. An officer spoke with the woman and her version of events were consistent with her significant other. She admitted to striking him out of anger. She was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

Just after 6AM on Sunday, APD Officers responded to a suspicious call at a grocery store on Commercial Avenue. The person who called 911 observed a male driving in circles in the parking lot, then sitting on the tailgate of his pickup and jumping up and down. An officer found the vehicle in the parking lot and spoke with a woman in it. The woman said that her boyfriend was in the store and a routine check via dispatch revealed that the man had a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. An officer went into the store, located the man, and took him into custody on his warrant. The 31-year-old Mount Vernon suspect was transported to APD and later released to a Department of Corrections Officer.

If someone is trying to give you a good deal on a used Electrolux Sanitaire upright vacuum cleaner, be advised that it may have been stolen in a vehicle prowl that took place sometime between 9PM on Saturday and 10:30AM on Sunday on 22nd Street. 

Two late model cars belonging to the same household on the 4000 block of M Avenue were prowled sometime between 9PM on Saturday and early Sunday afternoon. The owners called police to report that a twenty-dollar bill and two garage door openers were stolen in the incident.

An older model Ford sedan was pulled over on Sunday afternoon on the 2200 block of 32nd Street after running a stop sign at a nearby intersection. The driver, a 68-year-old Anacortes man, admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance on the car. He was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of his citation and two tickets for operating a motor vehicle without insurance and failing to stop at a stop sign.

A 32-year-old Anacortes man known to police was contacted by an APD Officer while riding his longboard on the 1800 block of Commercial Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The officer ran a routine check on the man and it returned with an active warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant.

A Pomeranian dog was found near 24th Street and R Avenue on Sunday evening. Since there was no way to contact the owner and no identifiers on the animal, the officer placed it in the pound.

At 8:30 on Sunday night, an APD Officer ran a registration of an older model Ford sedan and discovered that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license so he pulled the car over on Kingsway to speak with the driver. The 21-year-old Everett driver admitted that she did not have a valid license and she was arrested for driving while license suspended. The woman was later released at the scene and her vehicle was driven away by the licensed driver who was initially riding with her.

Monday, July 30, 2018

A motorcycle rider was transported from a crash scene by medics on Monday afternoon. The man’s motorcycle was southbound on O Avenue when the pickup in front of him slowed for an object in the road. The motorcycle struck the pickup with significant impact and the rider was ejected from the bike. The motorcycle operator was issued tickets for negligent driving, no valid operator’s license, and no valid motorcycle license.

On Monday evening, someone called police to report a male yelling and breaking items in the alley behind a home on the 1600 block of 7th Street. The reporting party provided suspect information for a person known to police, but officers were initially unable to make contact with the homeowner or the suspect. Approximately an hour later, the homeowner requested police contact at his home. A walk-around of the property revealed that the suspect had attempted to gain access to an exterior shed and had strewn several personal items around the property. A short time later, an officer made contact with the suspect, a 32-year-old man known to police, and took him into custody and booked him in the county jail on malicious mischief and disorderly conduct charges.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Just after 8:30AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer responded to a local grocery store to collect a purse that was turned in as found property. The investigating officer made contact with the purse owner who worked at a nearby store. The owner of the purse stated that it was stolen from her unlocked car in a vehicle prowl approximately one week prior. The victim came to the police station to collect her purse and told the officer that a her driver’s license, $8, and a set of keys was missing from the purse. There are no suspects at this time.

A vehicle prowl was reported in the 1700 block of 22nd Street on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred sometime between 11:30PM Saturday and 6AM on Sunday. The car was left unlocked and a $300 sander and $600 iPad was stolen. There are no suspects.

A 29-year-old Anacortes man told the officer that pulled him over that he knew he was going to get caught when he saw the police car and officer who had arrested him in the past, including earlier in July, for driving while license suspended. The man was arrested, cited, and released after agreeing to appear in court in August.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Animal Control Officer responded to a report of an injured coyote on Doon Way on Thursday morning. The coyote had wgot between a doe and her fawn and was kicked by the doe multiple times. Wile E. was contacted and reminded not to mess with Bambi.

A purple Redline Random brand BMX bike was reported stolen from a boy who lives in the 800 block of 26th Street sometime between 9PM on Wednesday and 11:30AM on Thursday. There are no suspects.

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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