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A scammer called a local woman and attempted to convince her that her adult daughter was being held for ransom.

The incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 5. The scammer wanted the woman to wire money from a local convenience store and asked for a large amount of cash before she would be set free. When told there was only $100 available, the scammer accepted the offer. Before the money was transferred, the daughter was located, unharmed, so the victim hung up and no money changed hands. The call originated from a phone number beginning with “52” which is the country code for Mexico.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

A man with two arrest warrants ran from police in the area of the 2300 block of Commercial. After several minutes, the man gave up and was taken into custody in the 900 block of 22nd Street. The 36-year-old Anacortes man said he knew he had warrants and did not want to go to jail. An APD Officer transported the suspect to Burlington where he was turned over to Department of Corrections personnel on his warrant.

A woman traveling through the area by ferry contacted police to report the cold theft of small bag containing her wallet and her $100 cellphone the morning of October 4th. A suspect was not identified.

Four unlocked vehicles were entered on the 1900 block of 24th Street. Although someone went through the vehicles, nothing of note was mentioned in the report. The victim requested extra patrols in the area.

An APD Corporal was on patrol on O Avenue when a man on foot crossed the road in front of him, attempting to conceal his face from the officer. The subject then walked into a nearby business and exited a short time later as the officer was pulling up in his patrol car. When the officer stopped to speak with the man, he began visibly shaking, then ran off to the southwest. The 28-year-old Mount Vernon man ran for a short time but was taken into custody in an alleyway nearby. A routine check revealed that he had a felony warrant for violation of the uniform controlled substances act and ID theft. A search of the man’s backpack revealed used needles and a small amount of heroin. He was transported to jail and booked on his warrants. He faces possible additional charges of drug and drug paraphernalia possession as well as obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to Oakes Avenue to assist with a medical call early Sunday morning per the report of a woman lying in the roadway with possible injury. An ambulance arrived at approximately the same time as the officer and the woman was treated on the scene, then transported to the hospital. The officer then spoke with the man who reported the incident and he provided various versions of the events leading to the woman’s injury. After some time, the man admitted that he and the woman were in the vehicle together and she jumped out of the moving vehicle in the midst of an argument. A Washington State Trooper then came to the scene and took custody of the male to perform a DUI investigation.

Someone made a call to 911 dispatch in the middle of the night to report a slow-moving station wagon driving in the area of 35th and T. An officer determined that it was a newspaper delivery person.

Approximately $130 worth of sporting goods and electronics were stolen in a vehicle prowl on Down Jones Way. The glove box, hood, fuel door, and trunk of the car were accessed, but other than a few items of note that were missing, the vehicle was not tampered with or damaged.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Late one evening, APD Officers contacted a male sleeping in an older model SUV parked in a commercial parking lot. Initially, the male was not cooperative with officers and refused to open the window or door to speak with them. As it turns out, the male had an arrest warrant for DUI out of the Skagit County District Court that may have explained his response to their inquiries. After a time, the man voluntarily opened his door and was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on his warrant.

A woman came to the police station to report that her child’s BMX bike was stolen from her carport on 27th Street sometime in the previous several days. The investigating officer took a look at a photo of the bike and found a bike that matched in the police department storage area. The bike was turned over to its rightful owner.

A local woman called police to report that her sedan was keyed and the air removed from one of her tires sometime during her work shift in downtown Anacortes. Her sedan sustained approximately $500 in damage from the incident. Investigation continues.

An SUV and a van sustained reportable damage in a motor vehicle accident at 32nd and Commercial Avenue. The van driver was determined to be at fault and collided with the rear end of the SUV when it stopped for a red light at the intersection. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for no insurance and following too close. No one was injured.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A 20-year-old Mount Vernon man was charged with alcohol theft after a local grocery store manager called police to investigate the theft of over $80 worth of beer from the store. The staff member provided a description of the suspect as well as a license plate of the older model sedan he drove from the scene. A short time later, an APD Officer who pulled to the side of SR 20 looking for the vehicle noted a sedan with matching driver and license plate descriptions so he pulled the car over on Memorial Highway. The driver admitted that he had gone to the store with the intent to steal the items. He was taken into custody for theft and later released on scene with a copy of his citation.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A $150 12-volt automotive battery was stolen from a trailer parked on 16th Street. The victim contacted police to report the incident that had occurred sometime in the recent past. There are no suspects.

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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