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Marinas generally don’t buy bikes. That was the lesson a bike thief learned on Sunday after stealing a road bike parked at a restaurant on Commercial Avenue, then taking it to a nearby marina where he attempted to sell it. The rightful owner was reunited with his bike and opted not to pursue criminal theft charges.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

An APD Officer was dispatched to State Route 20 near the Sharpes Corner roundabout on Sunday to investigate a minor collision between a vintage motorhome and a late model SUV. The 28-year old Kirkland driver was given a ticket for failure to yield after he drove his SUV into the path of the motorhome that was exiting the roundabout to drive south towards Oak Harbor. No one was injured. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A 31-year old Eastsound man was arrested and booked in jail on an investigative hold for several charges including violation of the uniform controlled substances act, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, and resisting arrest early Tuesday morning. The arrest occurred after an APD Sergeant recognized the man as a possible suspect in the theft of alcohol from a local grocery store two days prior. The Sergeant contacted the man and began asking him questions about the distinct bicycle he was standing by. During the course of the conversation, the Sergeant attempted to detain the man, but he struggled, broke free of her grasp, and ran off. Officers caught up with the man a few minutes later and he was taken into custody. A search of clothing and a backpack dropped by the suspect during the foot pursuit yielded several drug paraphernalia items and a small amount of heroin. 

A recent fraud report supports the theory that scammers are creative. A local man contacted police on Tuesday to report that he was a victim of a scam. The victim told the investigating officer that the previous day he received notification that he was charged $400 to extend his computer security contract, so he called the number provided to ask for a refund. The person on the other line, aka the scammer, said he would refund the money if the man provided his banking information. The scammer then accused the victim of attempting to take too much money for the refund and asked for Best Buy gift cards in return for the discrepancy. The victim purchased several thousand dollars’ worth of gift cards and provided the PIN’s to the suspect over the phone. Once that information was offered, the victim realized that he was the victim of a scam, so he contacted APD.

The owner of a large breed dog spoke with the Animal Control Officer on Tuesday about a barking complaint reference her pet. The owner admitted that the dog barks frequently at wildlife in the area. She was given tips on how to control the dog’s behavior, and advised how to obtain the required license for her dog per city ordinance.

Two Toyota sedans were driving westbound on SR 20 approaching Reservation Road on Tuesday afternoon when they collided with one another. The 33-year old Oak Harbor driver was found to be at fault and was issued a ticket for following too close. Her sedan was in the rear and she was unable to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision with the sedan in front of her. No one was injured but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

A 40-year old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in jail on 6 warrants, including one felony out of the Skagit County Superior Court, on Tuesday evening. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and admitted that he was a drug user and there may be drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. As such, APD Officers requested a narcotics K9 sniff of the vehicle and a Mount Vernon PD K9 Unit came and the dog alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics, so the vehicle was impounded and later searched. A search of the vehicle yielded several items of drug paraphernalia including burnt foil and a small container containing drug residue. The suspect faces possible charging as a result of the search.

Just after 9PM on Tuesday, an APD Officer investigated a burglary complaint at a local shipyard. Per the report, a male suspect stole items from a boathouse and placed them in a bag. The officer arrived on scene and spoke with a suspect and several staff members about the incident. The 51-year old suspect told the officer that he was taking things that belonged to a friend of his. The officer asked to see the contents of the bag he was carrying, but the man was unable to open the zipper of the bag, possibly due to his level of intoxication. With the man’s permission, a staff member opened the bag and discovered approximately $200 worth of supplies belonging to the business. The business opted to press charges and have the man banned from the property, so the officer took the suspect into custody on theft and burglary charges. He was later transported to jail where he was booked on an investigative hold.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Just after 1:30 on Wednesday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on State Route 20 contacted the driver of a sports car after running the plates that returned to a 42-year old Anacortes owner with a suspended driver’s license and a misdemeanor arrest warrant. The woman was taken into custody on her warrant and cited for driving while license suspended. The jail declined to book her on her warrant, so she was released after agreeing to appear in court. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Just after 10:30PM on Friday, an APD Officer in a patrol vehicle had to slam on his brakes and swerve to avoid a collision with a sedan that ran a stop sign at 4th Street and Q Avenue and stopped in the middle of the intersection. The officer contacted the 32-year old La Conner woman who apologized for almost causing an accident and reasoned that her brakes were malfunctioning. An odor of alcohol was coming from the car and the woman admitted she had consumed alcohol earlier that evening. Roadside tests were difficult for the driver who presented poor balance and difficulty following simple directions. A preliminary breath test sample provided by the driver showed a reading over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody for DUI and later released to a sober friend.

An Anacortes Police Officer interviewed two men late Friday night after Arts Festival volunteers pointed them out because of their possible involvement in disturbing vendor booths. Both men denied involvement in the incident, but were told they could be charged criminally if monetary damage was caused to vendor displays. As of August 5th, no observable monetary damage was reported to police.

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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