Police Beat

Anacortes Police and sheriff’s deputies had to chase a wanted suspect through woods and grassy marsh before a K-9 was brought in from Whatcom County sniffed out the suspect.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Officers with the Anacortes Police Department attempted to contact a subject who had numerous misdemeanor and felony warrants for his arrest. Upon contact, the suspect jumped several fences and fled into a heavily wooded area away from Officers. Numerous Officers and Deputies from surrounding agencies responded to the area and set up containment in an attempt to prevent the suspect from escaping. A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and his K9 partner, Jag, responded to the scene approximately 45 minutes after the suspect had fled. K9 Jag began tracking the suspect over several fences, through a thick wooded area and a grassy marsh, and to a shed where K9 Jag located the suspect, a local 41-year-old known to police. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without incident and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center. The Anacortes Police Department thanks the Swinomish Police Department, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in capturing the suspect. K9 Jag was instrumental in Officers locating the suspect.

An early afternoon call to police reference a possible domestic violence situation resulted in a local 51-year-old going to jail on three active arrest warrants. Officers arrived at a local laundromat after someone called because of a dispute between a man and woman arguing on scene. Investigation revealed that no crime was committed, but a routine check of the male resulted in a trip to jail on warrants for contempt of court, possession of drug paraphernalia, and malicious mischief.

A green 1995 Ford F150 was stolen from the 700 block of Seafarers Way in the early afternoon hours of Saturday, January 4th. The victim reported the incident to police soon after he realized the truck was gone, stating that he had left the keys in the ignition while working on his boat nearby. There are no suspects at this time.

The driver of a Ford F250 was arrested for driving while license suspended after an officer observed him driving the truck on SR 20 with taillights that were not working properly. The officer pulled the vehicle over on R Avenue and arrested the driver without incident after discovering that his license was suspended. He was later released on scene with a copy of his citation.

A local woman called police to report that she received notice from her bank that someone possibly duplicated her debit card and was accessing funds in another state. She was advised to monitor her accounts

Sunday, January 5, 2020

A passerby on 34th Street found a long-eared subject and called police for help. The lost Bassett Hound was later returned to her owner a few blocks away.

Officers were dispatched to a high priority call in the early evening hours of January 5th for a possible fight in progress at a gas station on Commercial Avenue. Investigation revealed that a pedestrian was nearly struck by a vehicle and a brief verbal exchange occurred but nothing physical or criminal in nature. The pedestrian, a 29-year-old man from Mount Vernon, returned with three arrest warrants so he was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail on his warrants.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Anacortes Parks staff contacted police to request the removal of a camper and associated vehicle who no longer had a paid spot at Washington Park. The vehicles were in process of leaving the park when officers arrived and the driver of one of the vehicles, a local 24-year-old woman known to police, had a suspended license and was arrested and cited on scene before she was released. All parties then agreed to leave the area as requested. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

An Anacortes High School student reached out to the School Resource Officer to report that sometime over winter break, someone broke into his car and stole some loose change and his backpack which contained several items, including a school-issued HP laptop worth approximately $750.

Just before 2:30PM on Tuesday, an APD Corporal responded to a call reference a motor vehicle accident in the area of 18th Street and Commercial Avenue. The reporting party stated that a van struck the rear of a sedan and the van was swerving prior to striking the car. The driver of the van told officers that he had been on his phone and did not know how he struck the sedan. Officers noted the smell of alcohol coming from the 31-year-old driver’s breath and asked how much he had been drinking. The driver admitted he had consumed alcohol and nearly fell when going back to his van to grab his license and there were empty beer bottles strewn throughout the van. By this time, medics arrived on scene to evaluate both drivers and the suspect driver was transported to the hospital for further care. The suspect driver was later taken into custody for DUI, cited, and released to a sober adult.

A local woman contacted police to report that the front and rear license plates were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the area of K and 6th Street. The woman discovered the theft after noticing that her rear plate looked different. The investigating officer later ran the plate on her car and determined that it was for another vehicle. There are no suspects.

A Cherry Lane resident called police to report that someone stole a $50 package containing make-up from her porch on or around January 4th. The woman received notice from Snohomish County stating they had recovered several pieces of mail, which was likely associated with the package theft.

An APD Officer contacted the driver of an older model sedan on SR 20 late one evening because the stop lamps were not working. The driver, a 31-year-old from Eastsound, stated that she was working through some mechanical problems with the car and had just purchased it. She was given a warning for the mechanical issue, but the officer questioned the black zippered pouch that the passenger placed in a hidden compartment of the vehicle as he approached. The driver and passenger admitted to this and voluntarily turned the pouch over to the officer who took it as evidence and discovered paraphernalia and illicit drugs therein. The driver faces possible charging as a result of the search.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shortly before midnight on January 8th, an APD Officer on patrol on 24th Street made social contact with a local man who was later determined to have a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody on his warrant and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a small plastic baggie containing a tarry substance, possibly heroin, in the front pants pocket. The subject said he didn’t think the substance was his because he hadn’t worn those pants in a while. The man was later turned over to a Department of Corrections Officer and faces possible charges for the drugs and paraphernalia found on him at the time of arrest.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

An APD Community Service Officer took a parking complaint on 19th Street reference students parking very close to a driveway in the area making it difficult to exit and enter. The CSO called three students out of their high school classrooms and informed them of the reason they were ticketed, then had them move their vehicles.  

Someone broke into a car parked along the 3100 block of Commercial Avenue during the daylight hours on January 8th. The victim told police that her purse was stolen in the incident. Investigation continues. 

A local woman called police to report that a scammer called her stating that they were from the “Sheriff’s Office” and she owed $10,000 bail, payable by gift cards. The woman complied with the request and called the fraudster with the numbers on the back of several cards she purchased. The phone number associated with the fraud was not associated to a person and there are no leads or suspects. The victim was working with the company that issued the cards to determine if the charges could be reversed.