Police Beat

An officer investigating an expired vehicle license plate warned the owner not to drive it until he got new plates, but he also ended up booking the owner’s son and the son’s girlfriend on arrest warrants.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, an Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol on 32nd Street, ran the license plates of a vehicle parked in the 1500 block. The license plate returned expired to a different make and model than the vehicle it was on. Though the vehicle did not return stolen, the registered owner was there and he told police that he just bought it and did not have plates for it yet. He was told not to drive it with the wrong plates attached to it. An officer also spoke with the son of the vehicle owner and a routine check revealed that he had a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident. The arrestee’s 24-year-old girlfriend was also on scene and a routine check revealed that she had Skagit County Superior Court and Skagit County District Court arrest warrants. She was taken into custody and booked in jail on her warrants. The male subject was later booked and released on his warrant.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On Wednesday, Anacortes Police Officers investigated a possible drug deal amongst three males on Commercial Avenue. One of the responding officers responded to the area of Storvik Park, where she contacted two males matching the description provided by the reporting party. A routine check through dispatch revealed that one of the subjects, a 41-year-old Anacortes man, had a warrant for his arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of the man incident to arrest yielded several items often used to ingest illegal narcotics and a small amount of possible heroin and methamphetamine. He was later booked in jail on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

On Thursday, APD Officers went to a local hotel with a warrant signed by a judge to search a room associated with a local 35-year-old man also suspected of being involved in the drug transaction the previous day. Officers searched the room and discovered several types of controlled substances and items commonly used to ingest illegal narcotics, including syringes and cotton balls. The suspect was in the room when officers arrived and he was taken into custody on an investigative hold for paraphernalia and drug possession charges as well as delivery of a controlled substance.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

An APD Officer made a social contact with a woman and man at the March’s Point Park-and-Ride on Saturday morning before eight o’clock. The woman offered to retrieve her identification for the officer and admitted that she had a warrant for her arrest. The 29-year-old La Conner woman was taken into custody and later booked in jail on her theft warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court. A search of the woman incident to arrest resulted in the discovery of a plastic container with possible heroin residue, and she now faces possible drug charges as a result.  The officer ran a routine check on the 28-year-old Anacortes man and it was determined that he also had a warrant for theft out of Mount Vernon. He was also transported to jail and booked on his warrant.

Just after noon on Saturday, an APD Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident at Sharpe’s Corner. A 32-year-old Anacortes woman was determined to be the driver that was at fault in the two-car, non-injury collision. The woman drove her small sedan into the path of a sedan already in the roundabout that was attempting to exit southbound towards Oak Harbor. The woman was issued a ticket for failure to yield.

An N Ave. resident called police early Saturday evening to report that a small dog was stuck in her fence, and her large breed dog was trying to get to it. A few moments later, officers were called off because the small dog had escaped.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Late Sunday morning, an APD Corporal went to a local grocery store to investigate an attempted theft report. Based on the suspect description, the Corporal made contact with the male suspect within the store and gave him the chance to purchase a clothing item that store personnel claimed he was attempting to steal. The man said he no longer wanted the jacket, so he was allowed to leave the area with a copy of a notice banning him from the store for one year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A shop on Padilla Heights Road reported a burglary on Tuesday afternoon that occurred sometime in the previous 24 hours. The reporting party told police that approximately $300 worth of parts were stolen in the incident and several other items were disturbed when someone entered the property through a hole in the fence. The case is still under investigation.

A local thrift shop representative called police on Tuesday afternoon to request the removal of a female shopper who was previously banned from the store. Officers responded and spoke with the subject, a local 60-year-old, who admitted that she knew he had been banned sometime the previous year, but thought she was okay to go back to the store by now. A records check revealed that she was banned on February 27, 2018 for one year. She was taken into custody for trespassing and later released with her copy of the citation.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On Wednesday morning, just before nine o’ clock, an APD Officer responded to Molly Lane to check in on a female slumped over the wheel of an older model sedan parked there. The officer located the car and woke the woman who was behind the wheel. She said there was no problem, and her passenger was walking to get some gas for the car. A moment later, a male arrived carrying a gas can. The man was identified and a routine check revealed two misdemeanor warrants out of Burlington Municipal Court. The 46-year-old Bellingham man was taken into custody and a search of his wallet revealed two small baggies containing possible meth and heroin. He was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrants and an investigative hold for drug possession.

A 36-year-old Anacortes woman was given a traffic infraction for failure to yield for her involvement in an accident at Sharpes Corner on Wednesday afternoon. The woman told police that she thought she waited long enough for a pickup in the roundabout, so she entered the intersection and crashed into the side of the vehicle with her minivan. Both vehicles sustained damage, but no one was hurt.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Early Thursday morning, APD Officers responded to 32nd Street to investigate a domestic violence call. The officer on scene spoke with family members of the male suspect who stated that there was a brief physical encounter and the suspect left to go to the hospital for injury sustained after he struck his father in the head. Officers contacted the 29-year-old suspect at the hospital and took him into custody after his medical care was completed. He was booked in jail for domestic violence assault.

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.

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