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The WT Preston, an antique boat parked on city property on R Avenue, was broken into over the weekend, likely sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, Apr. 1.

The suspect broke into the boat via the door on the port side, main deck. Other than the damage to the door, there was no obvious damage to the boat or anything missing from therein.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

There was a non-injury, rear-end collision at Sharpes Corner just before noon on Saturday. The driver of an older model van was ticketed for following too close after she rear-ended a late model sedan yielding for traffic in the roundabout.

An APD Officer took a report of a water spout at a local park that was possibly vandalized. Investigation revealed that the problem was from normal use, so the officer purchased a nut and bolt to fix the broken faucet.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Just before 9AM on Monday, an APD Corporal took a vehicle prowl report from a business on the 12000 block of Reservation Road. The reporting party called police when she noticed that someone had entered an unlocked company vehicle and rifled through it, and cut two padlocks of their work trailers. Other than the padlocks, nothing of value was missing upon initial observation.

A storage shed belonging to a church on 37th Street was broken into sometime over the weekend and a Stihl brand weed eater was stolen. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested and booked in the county jail late Monday night on an assault, domestic violence charge. Police contacted the woman after a man at her residence called 911 because she was becoming aggressive after an argument between the two. The intoxicated woman was somewhat cooperative, admitting that she punched the man in the heat of the argument.  

A 50-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for driving while license suspended early Tuesday morning. An APD Officer ran the plates of her sedan as it pulled into a local gas station. The routine check revealed that the registered owner had a suspended license, so the officer pulled the car over as it drove down Commercial Avenue. She was taken into custody without incident. She told the officer that she was under the impression that her suspended license had been resolved, but it was likely because she had some unpaid tickets. She was cited and released at the scene.

A 52-year-old Mount Vernon woman was driving an older model SUV on SR 20 approaching Thompson Road when she failed to recognize that the cargo van in front of her was slowing for a yellow light at the intersection. The SUV forcefully struck the rear of the van, causing possible injury to the driver. The SUV driving was determined to be at fault and was issued a traffic infraction for negligent driving.

A 37th Street resident called police early Tuesday evening to report the theft of a 6 horsepower Yamaha motor that was removed from his boat sometime since that day prior. The motor is valued at approximately $1,500. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Early Wednesday afternoon, an APD Corporal took a vehicle license plate theft report from a resident on 18th Street. The victim told police that the rear license plate was stolen from her sedan sometime overnight and there are no suspects.

Just after 6PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on 18th Street. Both involved vehicles were found on K Avenue and investigation on scene revealed that the driver of an older model SUV struck the side of a parked pickup. The 37-year-old Anacortes woman driving the at-fault vehicle smelled of intoxicants, and, when asked to provide her vehicle registration, handed the officer a rabies vaccination instead. The driver was not willing to take voluntary roadside tests, but was taken into custody and transported to the police department to be processed for driving under the influence. She provided a breath sample of well over the legal limit to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle. She was then cited and released.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A local man called police on Thursday to report receiving several calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. He did not respond to the calls, so did not lose anything of value or provide personal information. The officer who spoke with him advised that he block the number to prevent future calls from coming.

At approximately 8:30PM on Thursday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on O Avenue observed an older model sports car cross 12th Street in the right turn only lane. The Sergeant pulled the car over and told the driver, a 43-year-old Lopez Island woman, why he stopped her. A routine check of her driving status revealed that her license was expired as of February. During the course of the investigation, the K-9 Unit arrived and T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the vehicle. T-Bone displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics therein and the vehicle was searched with the permission of the driver. A small amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia were discovered within the vehicle and the driver was arrested and released on scene after she was cited for no valid operator’s license. She also faces possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges.

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

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

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