Police Beat

A camping enthusiast stole a $200 Coleman 5-person dome tent sometime between early Sunday evening and 5AM on Monday from the backyard of a home on 6th Street. The suspect may be disappointed to know that the tent has a small rip in the rain guard, however, per the report offered to police, the victim would still like to have the tent returned to them.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on 12th Street observed a woman with bright colored hair sitting in front of a convenience store. The officer was aware of a local woman wanted by police who recently colored her hair and she pulled over to run a records check. The records check confirmed that the 28-year-old had a warrant, so she was taken into custody, then booked and released on her warrant.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Two walk-in doors and associated deadbolts were broken in the forced-entry break-in of a storage shed owned by a business on South March’s Point Road. During a walk-through with a representative from the business, the investigating officer observed a completely emptied first aid kit. The reporting party did not know if anything else was missing and he did not know when the break-in occurred. 

A 26-year-old Colorado woman was given a ticket for improper lane usage early Monday afternoon after her late model Chevy sedan struck the rear quarter panel of a Hyundai traveling through the Sharpes Corner roundabout. Occupants in both vehicles sustained minor injuries and both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Three bonsai dwarf trees worth approximately $60 were stolen from a home on the 600 block of Q Avenue. The victim discovered the theft at 10:30PM the night prior. The suspect should know that the plants might make them dopey, sneezy, or bashful.

A local woman called police on Tuesday morning to report that someone had taken her purse from her vehicle either from a grocery store parking lot the night prior, or sometime overnight while the car was parked by her home on N Avenue. Her purse contained several Social Security cards, some cash, and medication. The woman is unsure who is responsible for the theft.

Just after noon on Tuesday, the Animal Control Officer spoke with a woman in the police department lobby who wanted police to know about an unusual letter that addressed her as the “barking dog owner.” The typed letter provides an account of three barking dogs that are a disturbance to the neighborhood. The letter was not threatening or demeaning; however, the letter recipient said that she does not own a dog but is aware of barking dogs in her neighborhood. She wanted the police to know in case there are further issues in the future.

An APD Officer was on patrol on Fidalgo Bay Road on Tuesday afternoon and observed an older model SUV belonging to a man known to police. A records check on the owner revealed that he had a felony Superior Court arrest warrant. The 50-year-old was taken into custody without incident and a voluntary search of his vehicle was performed, but nothing of evidentiary value was discovered. The man was taken to jail where he was booked on his warrant.

Two APD Officers responded to Kingsway on Tuesday evening and determined that shouts and screams coming from the area were between a husband and wife who were arguing over finances. Nothing physical had occurred during the altercation, so the two were counseled about their behavior and officers cleared the call.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Officers were made aware of two juveniles who were throwing temporary no parking signs into the road on M Avenue. Responding officers located some signs in the road near 19th and M, but were unable to locate the perpetrators.

The Code Enforcement Officer tagged a vehicle with flat tires and a broken rear window that was facing the wrong direction on 23rd Street on Wednesday morning. The reporting party told police that the car had been there for 3 weeks.

Anacortes Police Officers responded to the 1100 block of 12th Street mid-morning on Wednesday per the report from a local 37-year-old stating that people were threatening her, and they were “everywhere”. Further investigation revealed that the woman had smoked methamphetamine a few moments prior to the call and she had a glass pipe containing remnants of methamphetamine. The woman was taken into custody and booked in jail on one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Someone called APD to report that there was a dog locked in a hot vehicle on Wednesday afternoon. The Animal Control Officer investigated the matter and determined that all of the vehicle windows were down and there was a bowl of water for the dog in the car. The dog owner was working nearby and agreed to take the dog out of the car to be with her to avoid possible issues with the heat.

An APD Sergeant took a fraud report on Wednesday morning. The reporting party told the Sergeant that he received a call from someone claiming to be from the Spokane Valley Police Department. The man claimed that the victim’s grandson was in an accident the night prior and he was now incarcerated and would not be released until he paid the $2,000 fine in Google Play gift cards. The victim purchased the gift cards and provided the serial number to the fraudster, who later called back asking for more money because he ran over a pole in the parking lot. The second call alerted the victim who then called his grandson and confirmed that he was nowhere near Spokane so he did not provide any more funds. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Just before 10:30 on Thursday morning, APD Officers responded to Rotary Park per the report of a man camping out in the area. Officers contacted a man and a woman and they were asked to move along as camping is not allowed there. A records check on the 39-year-old male revealed that he had an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a driving while license suspended and failure to transfer title charge so he was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked.

APD took a call regarding an intoxicated man in the road near the intersection of M Avenue and 12th Street. The man was contacted by an officer and given a ride to the ferry terminal.

Friday, August 10, 2018

On Friday morning, an APD Corporal spoke with a woman who came to the police department to report that someone had done damage to her vehicle. The Corporal took photos of a derogatory note scratched onto the side of the car and other scratches and messages on the hood and quarter panel. It will cost the victim approximately $1,000 for professional repairs of her vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

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.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

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