Police Beat

A local woman who had an item for sale fell victim to someone out of state who pulled a scam on her.

The woman contacted police on Wednesday to report she was attempting to sell an item online and someone from out of state offered to purchase the item and arrange to have a moving company pick it up. A few days later, the woman received a cashier’s check to cover the purchase of the item as well as an agreed upon amount to include moving expenses. The victim then deposited the check, but later discovered that the check did not clear. In the interim, the scammer asked for a refund because they no longer needed the item, so the victim sent a refund check. As the scam involved multiple addresses in two different states, the woman was advised to report the incident to ic3.gov, an online crime complaint center that is run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, an APD Officer observed an older model sedan without a front license plate driving on D Avenue, so he pulled the car over and spoke with the driver, a 70-year-old Anacortes woman. During the course of the investigation, the K-9 Unit arrived and T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the vehicle. T-Bone alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle, so the driver was detained and later granted permission for officers to search the vehicle. The search yielded a bottle containing heroin residue. The woman was released at the scene and informed that she would be receiving a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia in the mail.

An APD Officer on patrol early Saturday evening contacted the driver of an early 90’s sedan because a routine run of the plates revealed that it was sold approximately 3 months prior, but the title was not transferred to the new owner. The driver, and new owner of the vehicle, said she didn’t know she had a responsibility to transfer the title on a vehicle she purchased. She was taken into custody for failure to transfer title within 45 days of purchase. A search incident to arrest revealed that she had a capped syringe in her sweatshirt that was possibly used to ingest illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed an additional syringe that was also taken as evidence. The woman was released from the scene with a copy of two citations for drug paraphernalia and failure to transfer title. She was also given infractions for operating a vehicle without insurance and no valid operator’s license.

A local 43-year-old man known to police was taken into custody on a felony warrant on Saturday evening and turned over to Department of Corrections Officers. The man was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for displaying expired registration tabs and an APD Officer recognized him and was aware of his active arrest warrant.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Early Sunday morning, an APD Officer contacted the driver of an older model sports car driven by a 19-year-old known to have a suspended driver’s license. The officer pulled the car over in the 1000 block of 14th Street and informed the driver of the reason for the stop. The driver seemed surprised that his license was suspended, but he cooperated with the investigation and was taken into custody for the driving offense and later released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court on a later date.  

Just after 6AM on Sunday, a distracted driver of an older model Subaru struck an unoccupied car parked along the curb on N Avenue. The 18-year-old Anacortes driver told police that he was looking elsewhere when his car drifted to the side of the road, struck the parked car, and flipped onto the driver’s side. The driver was uninjured.

An APD Officer on patrol on South Marchs Point Road contacted the driver of a speeding SUV and spoke with the 41-year-old man driving the vehicle. A routine check revealed that there was a protection order in place between the driver and a female passenger in the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody for violation of a no contact order and booked in jail on the charge.

Monday, June 24, 2019

A downtown clothing boutique manager filed a theft report on Monday morning after realizing that a woman in her 40’s or 50’s stole a high-end shirt from the store the day prior. The manager provided video surveillance of the incident and it was logged as evidence. The suspect has not been identified.

APD Officers were dispatched to a possible domestic violence situation at the Washington Park boat launch on Monday evening. Investigation on scene revealed that a camper was in his tent when a man he knew came into the campsite and began yelling at him through the tent wall. The camper called police and the man rapidly left the area. The suspect was not on location when officers arrived, but they spoke with him on the phone. The man faces possible harassment charges for his involvement in this incident.   

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Just after midnight on Wednesday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol noticed a late model vehicle with a burnt-out headlight, so he pulled the vehicle over. Upon contact, the driver asked the Sergeant if his light was out again and mentioned that if you hit the light it will come back on. The Sergeant did not hit the light, but rather continued his investigation that revealed the 45-year-old La Conner driver had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was taken into custody without incident and a search incident to arrest revealed a small plastic baggie with white residue. At the request of the Sergeant, a K-9 Unit from Mount Vernon PD responded to the scene and the narcotics K-9 was deployed on the exterior of the car and displayed a change of behavior consistent with illegal narcotics therein. The car was impounded and the driver was released after he was advised to watch his mail for possible charging paperwork. After a Judge granted a search warrant, the vehicle was searched and a small amount of methamphetamine and several drug paraphernalia items were discovered. The driver faces possible charges of drug and drug paraphernalia possession as well as driving while license suspended.

An APD Officer on patrol on State Route 20 ran the plates of an SUV in front of him. The plate returned to an older model passenger car, so the officer pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the 30-year-old Bellingham driver. The man told the officer that he had not transferred the title on the SUV that he purchased one year prior so he opted to use another license plate. The driver then provided the plates for the SUV that he had in the vehicle. He was taken into custody for failure to transfer title and later released at the scene with a copy of his citation.

An APD Corporal took a cold burglary report from a 22nd Street resident on Wednesday afternoon. The victim told police that her unlocked detached garage was entered sometime in the previous month and $600 worth of camping equipment and tools were taken. There are no suspects.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Mid-morning on Thursday, an APD Corporal took a 46-year-old Mount Vernon woman into custody after he was informed by Anacortes Municipal Court staff that she had a Skagit County Superior Court warrant. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Community Justice Center where she was booked on her warrant.

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