Police Beat

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mid-afternoon on Saturday, APD Officers responded to the airport per the report of a small aircraft accident. Officers assisted in clearing the small damaged plane from the runway so normal operations could resume and the Anacortes Fire Department responded to check the pilot’s medical status—he was uninjured. The case was then turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.    

A grocery store patron’s dog jumped out of his vehicle and went into the store on Saturday evening. A police officer took custody of the dog until the owner called in and later collected the animal. He was advised to get a collar and tags for the dog in the event that he goes on another shopping spree.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

A 67-year-old Anacortes woman was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way on Sunday afternoon. The woman drove out of an alleyway near 15th Street in front of a vehicle driving southbound on Commercial Avenue and was struck by the oncoming vehicle. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The at-fault driver sustained minor injuries.

Monday, July 8, 2019

On Monday morning, an APD Officer was dispatched to Sharpes Corner to investigate a two-car, non-injury accident. Upon arrival on scene, the officer contacted two vehicles that had pulled to the side of the road on SR 20. Investigation revealed that there was an at-fault driver, a 46-year-old woman from Anacortes, who failed to yield to a vehicle already in the roundabout. In addition to a ticket for failure to yield at an intersection, she was also given two infractions for no valid operator’s license and operating a vehicle without insurance respectively.  

Early Monday afternoon, an APD Officer spoke with a Blakely Drive resident who wanted to report $800 in damage that was done to his vehicle sometime during the week prior. The officer took photos of the broken driver’s side window and damaged windshield. There was nothing missing from the vehicle and there are no suspects at this time.

Just before 6PM on Monday, an APD Officer on patrol in the area of 17th and Commercial observed an older model Jeep make an abrupt turn without using a turn signal in heavy traffic. The officer pulled the car over and informed the 51-year-old driver of the reason for the stop. The man said he purchased the vehicle a few months ago and had a trip permit in the rear window. The driver showed the officer the trip permit, which he later admitted was altered to show an August expiration instead of expiring in July. The man was taken into custody for failure to transfer title and altering a vehicle trip permit. In addition to his citations, the man was issued a ticket for no insurance and released from the scene.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the skate park on R Avenue per the report of juveniles possibly smoking marijuana in the area. Upon arrival, a 19-year-old male walked towards the officers and put his hands behind his back, stating that he had a warrant for his arrest.  A routine check revealed a felony theft warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court and the male was taken into custody without incident. He was later booked in the county jail on his warrant. Officers also spoke with two teens standing nearby who stated they did not have any marijuana in their possession.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Early Tuesday morning, an APD Sergeant investigated a possible domestic violence situation on 9th Street. Per the initial call to 911 dispatch, an intoxicated male was threatening to break in through a window. Investigating officers discovered that his girlfriend had locked him out of the residence because he was being loud and obnoxious. No crime occurred, but a routine check on the 25-year-old revealed that he had a warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody and booked in the county jail. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

At 5PM on Thursday afternoon, an APD Officer responded to a threatening call in the area of Tommy Thompson Trail and 35th Street. The reporting party told the officer that a male and female verbally threatened her friend and she provided a description of the two subjects who were soon located at 34th and Commercial. Upon contact, the two subjects stated that they were involved in a verbal disagreement with two people on the trail. The argument was determined to be verbal in nature only and no charges were filed. A routine check of the 36-year-old male subject revealed a misdemeanor warrant for theft out of Burlington Municipal Court, so he was booked and released on the warrant after he agreed to appear in court on the next date available.

An APD Corporal was dispatched to the 2200 block of 37th Street per the report of several teens drinking alcohol. The Corporal did not find the described vehicle, but contacted a group of teens around a small bonfire nearby. The group was advised that they were not able to have a fire due to the burn ban and were advised to leave the area. A routine check on one of the male’s present revealed that he had three warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for minor in possession, malicious mischief, and theft respectively. He was taken into custody on the warrants and later booked and released on his warrants.

Friday, July 12, 2019

A 16-year-old La Conner driver was given a ticket for following too close early Friday afternoon for his involvement in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Reservation Road and SR 20. The suspect driver said he was distracted by a bee that flew into his car and did not notice that traffic was stopped in front of him. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

An APD Officer investigated a theft incident at a local thrift shop on Friday afternoon. The shop manager showed the responding officer video surveillance of a male stealing CD’s and DVD’s from the shop floor. The manager opted to have the suspect banned from the store so officers contacted the 39-year-old at his home to inform him that he would be arrested for trespassing if he returns to the store within a year.

A Clearidge neighborhood resident spoke with the Animal Control Officer on Friday about a minor injury her dog sustained during a recent walk through the neighborhood. The reporting party said a mid-sized dog was off-leash when it attacked her small dog and did not stop until the dog’s owner pulled it away.

A local woman called police to report a call from someone claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. The woman provided the last 4 digits of her account number, but nothing else was provided. She was given guidance on how to monitor fraud on her account. Per the Federal Trade Commission, the Social Security Administration will never call you and ask for your Social Security number. They will also never ask you for money or call to threaten your benefits.

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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