Police Beat

After viewing home security footage, Anacortes police caught and jailed a suspect in the early morning theft of beef and a steak knife from a residential back yard.

A resident on 33rd Street called police early in the morning on Dec. 11th to report the theft of beer and a steak knife from her back yard. The woman showed the investigating officer security footage of the theft incident that showed a clear face shot of male suspect sneaking around the fenced yard just before 5AM. Officers recognized the 18-year-old male suspect from previous contacts and located him in the restrooms at Storvik Park wearing the same clothing as seen in the surveillance video with a backpack and several unopened beers strewn about. He was detained and taken to the police station. A search of the suspect and his backpack revealed a small amount of methamphetamine, a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, and marijuana. He was later booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for theft, residential burglary, minor in possession, and drug/drug paraphernalia possession.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ninety dollars in gas and a $250 gas tank. That is what a recent gas theft victim is out after someone drilled a hole in the bottom of his tank to access fuel. There are no suspects.

An 11th Street resident filed a gas theft report with the Anacortes Police Department on December 7. The victim’s tank was drilled sometime after 6PM the previous evening. There are no suspects.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A 38-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and cited for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without the required ignition interlock after an APD Officer pulled him over on SR 20 for displaying expired registration tabs on his car as of July 2019. The driver told the officer that his other car had an ignition interlock, but he wasn’t driving it because of mechanical issues. He was cited and released at the scene.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Early Monday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on Q Avenue observed an older model hatchback with a burnt-out headlight, so he pulled the car over and spoke with the 19-year-old Tacoma driver. A routine driving status check revealed that the driver was not licensed. The driver took several blocks to pull to the side of the road after the officer activated his lights, then siren. For this reason, the officer requested backup and an additional officer came to the scene. While the initial officer was writing a ticket, the second officer was speaking to a passenger in the vehicle who got out of the car without being asked which revealed a firearm that was wedged between the passenger seat and the door. Both people in the car were detained for officer safety purposes. Investigation revealed that the gun did not belong to either of them. It was collected as evidence and, with the permission of the driver, the car was searched more thoroughly. There were no more weapons, however there was a meth pipe and several baggies with meth residue. The driver was given a ticket for no valid operator’s license and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both occupants were then released at the scene.  

An Anacortes Parks and Recreation employee contacted police on December 9 to turn in a small baggie of methamphetamine he discovered on Trail 220 near Heart Lake. There was no way to determine who the baggie belonged to, so it was turned in as evidence to be destroyed.

A resident on the 4100 block of R Avenue contacted police to report that sometime between 8PM on the 8th and 5AM on the 9th, someone entered his unlocked car and stole $10 worth of change, a house key, and an old iPod. There are no suspects.

Just before 5PM on December 9, APD Officers and medical units were dispatched to SR 20 and Reservation Road for a collision involving three vehicles. A 35-year-old Burlington driver who was not paying attention caused the collision. The driver was issued a ticket for following too close after his pickup struck the rear of an older model pickup that lurched forward and struck another vehicle that was slowing for the intersection. There was reportable damage to all three vehicles; two were towed from the scene. The driver of the older model pickup was treated for injuries while on scene. 

An R Avenue resident contacted police to report vehicle prowls on three of his unlocked vehicles sometime during the late evening hours on December 8th. The thief stole some food items, loose change, and music CDs from the vehicles.

Three teen males were banned and may be charged with theft after they were caught stealing over $200 worth of groceries from a local store. An investigating officer discussed the matter with a 16-year-old female associate of the males who stated that there was not any food at their house, so they decided to steal some food. Involved parties admitted their involvement and were apologetic, stating they would not do it again.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A local motel owner contacted police on December 10th to report the theft of a long string of Christmas lights that were taken early that morning. The victim showed the investigating officer a video file from approximately 2AM that day of what looked to be a lone female suspect removing the lights. Due to the incident occurring under the cover of darkness, the suspect has not been positively identified at this time.

Friday, December 13, 2019

A 45-year-old Seattle woman was driving her late model sedan on Commercial Avenue late Thursday night with her high beams engaged. An on-duty officer driving the opposite way was temporarily blinded by the light and turned around to pull the car over. A routine driver’s check revealed that the woman’s Alabama license had a suspended status. She was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of her citation.

A 36th Street resident went to the police station on Friday morning to report that someone rifled through his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. Though nothing of note was missing, the victim wanted police to be aware. The investigating officer mentioned that the prowl may be related to a suspicious incident involving misplaced mail from several mailboxes in the area. There are no suspects.

An F Avenue vehicle prowl was reported to police midday on Friday. The victim told police that her two vehicles were unlocked and over $700 in clothing and electronics were missing. There are no suspects.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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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