Police Beat

Just before 7AM on Tuesday, a local grocery store employee contacted police to report a man in a vehicle who was making employees feel uncomfortable and they wanted him banned. Officers arrived on scene to speak with the man about the call, but he initially refused to step out to speak with them. In time, officers were able to convince the man to step out of the vehicle and he was placed under arrest for obstructing. He was given an infraction for obstructing, handed his trespass notice, and released at the scene after he was informed of the necessity to leave the business.  

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

One of the coordinators of the car show at the Waterfront Festival called police early Saturday morning per the report of an unlawfully parked vehicle situated a few feet from a no parking sign. The responding officer attempted to contact the vehicle owner to no avail and the vehicle was towed.

A local woman called police to report an injured fawn in the road on Skyline Way. An APD Officer responded and located a fawn nearby. As the officer approached, the deer ran into the woods nearby to look for Thumper.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

At 7AM on Sunday, a 37-year-old driver passed an APD Officer on M Avenue near 23rd Street. The officer recognized that the driver’s license was suspended, so he pulled him over and arrested him for driving while license suspended. He was later informed of his mandatory court date and released at the scene.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Over $2,000 worth of construction materials and tools were stolen from construction sites in the area of Rock Ridge Parkway sometime over the weekend. The contractor walked the responding officer through several affected areas affected by the theft.

An out of state mariner called police on Monday morning to provide a malicious mischief report. Per the victim’s report, he parked his boat overnight at Cap Sante Marina on Q Avenue a few days prior. When he took the boat out the following day, he switched fuel tanks mid-way through his trip and noticed that the motor wasn’t performing well. The man brought the boat to a mechanic who surmised that there was water in the fuel tank that someone may have intentionally put in while it was parked. There are no suspects.

The Animal Control Officer responded to an Anacortes business early Monday afternoon after someone reported what they thought was a koi fish hanging from a tree in the parking lot. The business was advised on how to dispose of the dead carp.

A 58-year-old Anacortes man faces a criminal citation for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. Police Officers came into contact with the man sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked sedan after dispatch alerted them to the report of an erratically driven vehicle almost striking parked vehicles and bouncing off a curb on O Avenue. The first officer on scene observed the man asleep in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and he was startled awake when the officer knocked on the window. Without responding to the officer’s questions, the man exited the vehicle and entered a nearby business. He was escorted out of the building by officers who stood close to him so he wouldn’t fall as he staggered outside. After a brief interaction, officers arrested the man for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. He was then transported to the station in the back of a police car. After providing a breath sample of well over the legal limit to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle, he was released to a sober adult with a copy of his charging paperwork.

Late Monday night, an APD Officer pulled over an older model minivan that failed to dim its lights as the officer approached in his patrol car. The 42-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver said he drives with the high beams on because one of the main headlights does not work.  A routine driver’s check revealed an arrest warrant out of the Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court for assault. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on his warrant.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

At 1:30 Tuesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue contacted an older model sedan with a non-working headlight and discussed the matter with the 50-year-old driver. The driver was unable to provide a valid driver’s license and a check of his driving status revealed that his license was suspended. The driver admitted that he was aware of his driving status and told the officer he was just running an errand. He was taken into custody, cited for driving while license suspended, then released.

Early Tuesday afternoon, an APD Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident scene at 12th and M Avenue. A Chevy SUV struck the rear of a Chevy sedan at the intersection, causing reportable damage to the sedan. The SUV driver was given a ticket for following too close.

A Whitney Elementary School substitute teacher’s vehicle sustained minor damage in a hit-and-run incident that occurred near the school on Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle sustained scuffmarks and paint transfer to the front quarter panel that will cost approximately $100 to repair. The suspect was not immediately identified. Witnesses were able to ascertain vehicle registration information that was passed on to the police and an officer facilitated an exchange of insurance information.

A 19-year-old Mount Vernon woman was given a ticket for failure to yield after her involvement in a two-car accident at Sharpes Corner on Tuesday afternoon. The woman failed to stop her sedan in time to avoid a collision with a sports car already in the roundabout. No one was injured.

The victim of a vehicle prowl drove his damaged pickup to the police station on Tuesday evening. The officer who spoke with him observed a broken rear window. In addition to replacing the rear window, the victim will also have to replace several thousand dollars’ worth of camera equipment and jewelry. The crime occurred sometime over the weekend while the truck was parked along the 1000 block of Q Avenue.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Just before nine o’clock on Wednesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 14th Street recognized a local man without a valid license operating an older model sedan. The officer contacted the 27-year-old driver and informed him of the reason for the stop. In addition to a suspended license, investigation revealed that he was also supposed to have an ignition interlock on his car, but it was not installed in the car. He was taken into custody without incident and later released with a copy of his citations.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

On Thursday morning, APD Officers were investigating suspicious behavior along D Avenue. A Sergeant observed a man on a bike matching the description provided. She recognized the man as a local 28-year-old so she arrested him on a warrant for driving while license suspended. He was transported to the police station and booked and released on his warrant after agreeing to appear in court on a later date.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Just after 3:30AM on Friday, APD Officers arrested a 33-year-old Anacortes man for violation of a court order. Police spoke with the victim who stated that she has an order against her husband and he began calling her approximately an hour-and-a-half prior and sent her a series of text messages. Officers went to the suspect’s known address and arrested him for violation of the order. He was later booked in jail on his charge.

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.

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

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