Police Beat

A middle-of-the-night hit-and-run crash on M Avenue left a seriously damaged vehicle that caused a lot of attention the following day.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

An APD Officer took a motor vehicle accident call in the middle of the night on Saturday. A man called 911 to report a hit and run accident involving an unoccupied SUV parked along M Avenue at 18th Street. The officer spoke with several neighbors who came outside after hearing the impact and he was able to obtain some information about the suspect vehicle, including the grill that was left at the scene of the crash. Officers were unable to find the at-fault vehicle that evening. Two days later, a 37-year-old Anacortes woman came to the Anacortes Police Station to turn herself in for the accident she had caused. She said she was looking at her phone when she ran into the back of the parked car and left the scene because her license was suspended. The investigating officer filled out paperwork charging the driver for driving while license suspended and hit and run unattended.

A 66-year-old Lopez Island woman was given a ticket for failure to yield on Saturday evening after she pulled her minivan in front of a sedan driving through the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. The minivan did not sustain much damage; however, the sedan had reportable damage. No one was hurt.

A responsible resident called police on Saturday to turn in a stack of cash she found on the sidewalk on Saturday evening. APD’s Evidence Custodian placed an ad in the Clamdigger in an effort to find the rightful owner.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Just before 1PM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol in the area of 4th and R observed a passenger riding on the tailgate of a pickup that drove by him. The officer contacted the vehicle on O Avenue to inform the driver that this was illegal. The officer ran a routine check through dispatch on both men, with a return on the 64-year-old passenger for a felony warrant out of the Skagit County Superior Court. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on his warrant.

An officer was driving on SR 20 towards Anacortes after transporting someone to jail when he observed a sedan driving eastbound in the westbound lane of the highway. The officer pulled the car over to speak with the 32-year-old man driving the vehicle. The man told the officer that he wasn’t from the area and was confused. A routine check revealed that he did not have a driver’s license. He was taken into custody and issued a citation for driving without a license. He was later released on scene and informed of his court date.

Early Sunday evening, an APD Officer contacted a local man who was missing the front license plate of his vehicle. The man told the officer that his car was parked at Volunteer Park earlier that day which is when the plate was stolen. There are no suspects.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Anacortes Police Officers contacted a man and woman sleeping in a stolen vehicle parked in an alleyway on 17th Street early Monday morning. Investigation revealed that the occupied SUV was reported stolen the day prior to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. Both occupants were taken into custody without incident. The 42-year-old Burlington woman was booked in jail on an investigative hold for possession of a stolen vehicle and two driving while license suspended warrants. The 47-year-old Burlington man was also booked in jail on an investigative hold for possession of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and searched after the Mount Vernon K-9 Unit responded and got an alert on the vehicle for presence of illegal narcotics. Officers later executed a search warrant on the vehicle and found unused needles, a glass methamphetamine pipe, and a small baggie containing methamphetamine. The vehicle occupants face possible drug charges as a result of the search. The vehicle was later released to the rightful owner.

A local man brought a Publishers Clearing House letter in to the police station because he thought it was a scam. He was probably right since the $2.5 million jackpot came with a first installment of $5,800 and a request to return a portion of the proceeds to an address in Daytona Beach.

An R Avenue resident was given a male chicken as a gag gift. Funny. Three neighbors complaining that early morning rooster crows awakened them and their children. Not so funny. The owner was given 7 days to remove the rooster and comply with the ordinance regarding roosters in city limits.

A downtown auto body shop called police early Monday afternoon to report the theft of a customer’s front and rear license plates sometime since the car was parked there two days prior. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer on patrol near Christianson and State Route 20 observed an 80’s model van with displayed registration tabs that expired in 2017. The 47-year-old Mount Vernon driver was not surprised by the law enforcement contact. In fact, he had been stopped previously for the same offense. Investigation revealed that the vehicle’s title was canceled as of July and he did not have insurance on it. He was arrested and cited for operating a vehicle without a title, given a ticket for no insurance, and released at the scene.

The manager of a business on the 400 block of O Avenue contacted police on Monday afternoon to report large graffiti in green spray paint on the side of their building. The manager knew that the tagging occurred sometime during the night of August 16th, but could not provide any suspect information.

A pickup parked at a local lodging establishment on Commercial Avenue was vandalized sometime during the night of the 18th. The pickup owner called police to report that she would have to replace two $300 tires after one of them was punctured by a sharp object. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Early Tuesday afternoon, an APD Corporal responded to Anacortes City Hall per the complaint of a male subject yelling at city staff. Based on the subject’s description, officers made contact with the 53-year-old Mount Vernon man as he was driving from the area on Q Avenue. Officers pulled his car over and spoke with him about the incident as well as his suspended driving status. He was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of his citation and notice of one-year trespass from city hall.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for driving under the influence early Thursday morning. Police were looking for the woman after 911 dispatch informed them that an open line call came from the woman’s phone. APD Officers went to the woman’s home in east Anacortes to check on her. As they arrived, the woman pulled up in her vehicle and identified herself to the officers. The woman smelled of alcohol, so the Sergeant on scene asked if she would agree to roadside sobriety tests after confirming that she had consumed alcohol that evening. The woman stumbled out of her vehicle and began taking the roadside tests, but performed poorly on them. She was arrested and transported to the police station for processing. She provided a breath sample higher than the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was later released to a sober adult and given a copy of her citation.

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