Police Beat

Police arrested and booked into county jail a teenager on theft and car prowl charges in the early morning hours of Saturday.

A 17-year-old juvenile male was arrested early Saturday morning and booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on theft and vehicle prowl charges. Police were called just after 4:30AM to investigate a male subject entering and exiting a car parked in a lot on the 1200 block of 24th Street. Officers were unable to locate the male at that time, but were called to the area again a short time later when a male with a matching description was discovered hiding under a desk at a nearby care facility. At 5:28AM, an officer contacted the suspect and arrested him as a possible suspect in the vehicle prowl. The juvenile had a pack of cigars in his hand at the time of his arrest which were later determined to be stolen from a nearby convenience store.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

An exchange of words between a pedestrian and motorist at 6th and Commercial Avenue resulted in a 911 call early Saturday afternoon. The pedestrian called police after she stepped out from behind two parked cars mid-block and was nearly struck by an oncoming car. It was determined that no crime was committed and a third-party observer told the investigating officer that the pedestrian was at fault.

A 42-year-old Mount Vernon woman was arrested, charged, and then released on a driving while license suspended charge on Saturday evening. An officer ran the registration on the woman’s car and discovered that she had a suspended driver’s license. The officer pulled the car over on O Avenue and spoke with the woman who said that she had no choice but to drive. She was cited and released on scene after agreeing to contact a licensed driver for her vehicle.

A local woman came to the police station on Saturday evening to report damage done to her rear license plate, but was unsure when the damage occurred. The woman has a religious-themed message written in large print on her car and she told the officer that this often prompts people to attach notes to her car, often with negative messages.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Late Sunday morning, an APD Officer took a vehicle prowl complaint from a woman who reported that her vehicle’s rear license plate was missing. The woman’s workplace is on the 7600 block of State Route 20 and she thought it may have been stolen from the parking lot while she was at work the day prior. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer on patrol at 22nd and M Avenue observed a pickup stop at the stop sign on M Avenue with no observable brake lights and no turn signal as it turned onto M Avenue. The officer pulled the truck over on 24th Street and explained the reason for the stop to the 49-year-old Anacortes driver. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended and he was taken into custody, cited for driving while license suspended, and released from custody.

A 35-year-old Bellingham woman was given a failure to yield right of way ticket on Sunday afternoon after she pulled her van in front of an SUV in the Sharpes Corner roundabout. The at-fault driver was traveling eastbound into the roundabout but failed to yield to the westbound SUV that was already in the roundabout with the intention of exiting to the south towards Oak Harbor. There were no injuries.

An Anacortes Police Officer attempted to contact a woman suspected of stealing $60 worth of whiskey from a local grocery store on Sunday. The store manager called police that afternoon after an older woman dressed in black and wearing sunglasses concealed a large box of whiskey in her backpack, and then walked out of the store without paying for it.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A 53-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Monday morning. The man was contacted by police near a business on the 1500 block of Commercial and taken into custody for three Anacortes Municipal Court warrants. During the search incident to arrest, the man told the arresting officer that he had a drug pipe in his front pocket and the officer located it and observed that it had a white powdery substance, possibly methamphetamine, therein. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrants and a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.  

The Animal Control Officer took custody of a deceased cat on Monday morning and placed the remains in the pound. Based on the condition of the body, the cat may have been attacked by a coyote.

The Animal Control Officer investigated a hot dog in a vehicle report on Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, the ACO discovered that the dog had access to water and fresh air through the open vehicle windows.

Just before 11PM on Monday, APD Officers located a prowler suspect on 29th Street after receiving a call that the man was seen looking in vehicles parked at a nearby business. The suspect, a 36-year-old man known to police, denied looking into any vehicles. Dispatch told the responding officers that the man had an Anacortes Municipal Court Warrant for failure to appear on a trespassing charge. He was booked and released on the warrant after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An APD Officer on patrol recognized a middle-aged man who was walking on 12th Street just before 9PM on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Mount Vernon man had a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections and he was arrested for the warrant and transported to the police station. Custody of the suspect was later transferred to DOC Officers who came to APD. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nothing reported

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nothing reported

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fifteen kimono style shirts were delivered to a local resident on August 10th but she never located the package. The woman assumed that someone took the package from her porch, but was unsure when the theft took place. She reported the incident to the postal service and they suggested that she obtain a case number from a local law enforcement agency.  

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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