Police Beat

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but not for the police, which investigated a series of car prowls.

A resident in the Clearidge subdivision contacted police Sunday morning, Apr. 14, to advise that both of the family’s cars were parked in the driveway overnight and someone rifled through them, taking $20 cash from one of them. There are no suspects.

A Blakely Drive resident called police to report that someone rifled through his unlocked pickup overnight and stole $5 worth of loose change.

A Cypress Drive resident called police early Sunday afternoon and reported that someone entered his two unlocked cars overnight and cigarette ashes were strewn throughout them both. Nothing of value was missing.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

At 10:30AM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to a boatyard on 33rd Court to investigate a subject wearing pink pants who became stuck whilst climbing the fence. Investigation revealed that there were visitors to someone living there but they did not have a key to the gate, so they went over the fence. A routine check on two of the visitors, a 52-year-old La Conner woman and a 57-year-old Anacortes woman, revealed that they had warrants for their arrest, so they were taken into custody. The 57-year-old was later released and the 52-year-old was booked in jail on two District Court warrants.

Shortly after 10:30 on Saturday morning, an APD Officer took a traffic collision report at 32nd Street and Commercial Avenue. A Honda sedan rear-ended an Acura sedan that was stopped at the traffic light. No one was injured. The 19-year-old Honda driver told the officer that he did not have enough room to stop. He was issued a traffic ticket for following too close.

Mid-afternoon on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to State Route 20 to investigate a two-car motor vehicle accident between a Jeep and a small sedan. Once on scene, officers observed a silver sedan with significant front-end damage and a Jeep with only minor damage to the rear end. In checking with all the vehicle occupants, it was determined that there were no injuries. The at-fault driver, a 22-year-old man from Mount Vernon, was given a ticket for following too close and cited for no valid operator’s license. The car was then towed from the scene.

Late Saturday evening, APD Officers responded to a complaint of a possible domestic dispute at a residence in the northern part of the city. In speaking with the husband and wife involved in the altercation, it was determined that the two had been arguing for several days and the tension between the two culminated in the woman throwing food in her husband’s face. The 38-year-old woman was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Early Sunday morning, an APD Officer in uniform was fueling his marked patrol car when a man approached him to ask a question. The officer completed his task, then met the man at his pickup a short distance away. The man offered his name to the officer and stated that he thought he might have warrants for his arrest. A routine check confirmed that the 24-year-old Oak Harbor man had warrants and he was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Anacortes Police Department and later booked and released on his warrants after agreeing to appear in court in Burlington and Mount Vernon respectively.

A business on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue called police early Sunday evening to report the theft of alcohol and soda from their retail floor a few minutes prior. Based on suspect information, including the fact that the male suspect was pushing a stroller, an APD Corporal contacted a local 23-year-old man known to police and asked him about his possible involvement in the theft. The man was carrying a bottle of vodka and two bottles of soda matching the description of stolen items provided by the store. The man was arrested and cited for theft and, per the store representative’s request, trespassed for one year. He was released after agreeing to appear in court on a later date.

Monday, April 15, 2019

A 23-year-old Mount Vernon woman was arrested for driving while license suspended early Monday morning after she switched seats with her passenger after driving into the parking lot of a closed business on Q Avenue. The officer who contacted her in the lot asked why she had been driving. After a brief pause, she apologized and admitted that she knew her license was suspended but wanted to visit a friend and did not think she would be caught. She was taken into custody and released at the scene with a copy of her citation.

At 9AM Monday, an APD Corporal on patrol on State Route 20 observed a late model sedan driving approximately 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The Corporal caught up to the sedan and pulled it over to speak with the 24-year-old Anacortes driver who said that she was running late for work. The Corporal determined that the woman’s license was suspended as of September 2018 and she admitted that she knew about her license status. She was taken into custody and cited for driving while license suspended. She was later released with a copy of her citation and a speeding ticket and advised not to drive.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Lake Stevens man was riding his bike along Commercial Avenue early Tuesday morning when he was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer for no front headlight. The 36-year-old was found to have a misdemeanor arrest warrant for theft out of Anacortes and Burlington respectively. He was taken into custody without incident, but the jail would not accept him, so he was later released.

A local assisted living resident contacted police to report a lost blue Parakeet since the first of the month. The animal was added to the lost and found animal book at the police department.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Early Wednesday afternoon, an APD Corporal took a fraud report from a local man who stated that someone calling from 716-222-2999 left him a voicemail claiming that his social security number would be suspended. He did not fall for the scam attempt.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

An SUV and sedan were traveling side-by-side on eastbound State Route 20 approaching the Sharpes Corner roundabout early Thursday morning. The SUV driver, thinking both lanes turned south towards Oak Harbor, turned into the side of the sedan as both vehicles entered the roundabout. The 27-year-old driver was given a ticket for improper lane usage. 

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

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

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


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 2021.

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