Police Beat

When a police officer stopped a driver for using her cellphone, the officer discovered the driver didn’t have a drivers license or a vehicle registration.

An Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol in his marked patrol car on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30, when he observed a driver with a cellphone to her ear on Commercial Avenue. The officer contacted the woman, who admitted that she knew why she was being pulled over. In addition, the woman admitted that she did not have a registration for the car since she had recently purchased it. The 57-year-old Anacortes woman was also unable to provide a valid license so she was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. She was later released at the scene with a copy of her citation and a ticket for use of a personal electronic device while driving.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Damage valued at $500 was reported to door panels of a local business in an attempt to gain entry to their retail area. An employee noticed the damage on Saturday morning, but it is unknown when the damage occurred. The suspect did not gain entry to the building.

Mid-afternoon on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 11th Street noticed an older model sports car driven by a male known by police to have a suspended license. The officer caught up to the vehicle shortly after it pulled into a residence on K Avenue. The officer confronted the 22-year-old Anacortes man he had just seen in the driver’s seat who initially made it appear like he was surprised to see the officer and did not know what was going on. He ultimately admitted that he knew he should not be driving but had to go to the store. He was taken into custody for driving with license suspended, cited, then released from the scene.  

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Early Sunday afternoon, APD Officers responded to an accident scene at the intersection of O Avenue and 12th Street. The accident was blocking traffic and one of the vehicle occupants had possible injuries. Investigation revealed that two sedans collided at the intersection when the eastbound sedan attempted to turn north on O in front of the westbound vehicle. The driver of the at-fault vehicle was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way.

Monday, January 28, 2019

An unlocked vehicle parked on the 900 block of 34th Street was accessed sometime between 11PM on Sunday and 6AM on Monday. The victim was missing several items from the car, including a small amount of change. There are no suspects.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

An APD Corporal on the 2400 block of T Avenue observed an older model Honda van on the road and made a traffic stop to investigate early Tuesday evening. The driver told the Corporal that he planned to install the front plate with zip ties. As the Corporal was speaking with the driver, he noticed that the male passenger was attempting to obscure his face from being recognized, but was ineffective. The passenger was a local 37-year-old man known to police and the officer was aware of several warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody on his Anacortes Municipal Court warrants and was later booked and released on them. He also had a Department of Corrections warrant and DOC Officers arrived later to take custody of him on that warrant. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A local dog owner called the Animal Control Officer late Wednesday morning to report an encounter that she and her dog had with another dog and its owner in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands in the area of D Avenue and 26th Street. According to the reporting party, a woman has her large breed dog off leash in that area of the ACFL at various times of the day and does not seem to think the leash laws apply to her. Investigation continues.

A 54-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested by an APD Officer who pulled him over early Wednesday evening. The man was driving an older model Nissan sedan with expired registration tabs and showed the investigating officer a trip permit that had been altered several times. The Department of Licensing records showed that the car was sold to the driver over a year prior. He was taken into custody for failure to transfer title and searched incident to arrest. The search revealed a glass pipe and a small baggie containing possible methamphetamine. He was later released at the scene and told to look for charges coming in the mail. He faces possible charges stemming from the vehicle registration issues as well as drug and drug paraphernalia charges.

Anacortes Police Officers responded to the 1900 block of M Avenue on Wednesday evening per the report of a man and woman who were arguing in their home. On scene, officers discovered that the two, a boyfriend and girlfriend, had been fighting for a while. The verbal argument culminated in physical contact initiated by the 54-year-old male who pushed the woman over a piece of furniture, then prevented her from getting up and grabbed her phone from her when she attempted to call police. He was taken into custody for assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, then booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on these charges.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Early Thursday afternoon, an APD Officer contacted a woman at a convenience store on Commercial Avenue per the report that she was contacting people on the street, including a juvenile female, and making them uncomfortable. The officer interviewed the 55-year-old Mount Vernon woman and determined that she was trying to find someone to take care of her small dog. A routine background check revealed that she had an arrest warrant out of Skagit County District Court, so she was taken into custody and booked and released on the warrant.  

A local resident called police on Thursday to report what he thought was a theft issue when he noticed that a stop sign on Whistle Lake Road was missing. Investigation revealed that street department workers relocated the sign and there was no crime committed.

 A representative from a business on Padilla Heights Road contacted police on Thursday afternoon to report a cold burglary incident at the business. According to the victim’s statement, she was at the business the afternoon prior and when she arrived at the business on Thursday afternoon, she noticed a hole that was cut in the perimeter fence and several miscellaneous parts, tools, and yard equipment had been moved around or were missing. Investigation continues.

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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