Police Beat

A man and a woman who were discover sleeping in public restrooms were arrested and sent to county jail.

Just before 9AM on Feb. 5th, an APD Officer responded to the public restrooms on 4th Street per the report that people were sleeping therein. A 43-year-old woman and 28-year-old man and many of their belongings were discovered inside. The officer was familiar with both subjects and a routine check revealed that both had warrants for their arrest. They were both taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

An APD Officer on patrol just after midnight noticed that an older model sedan was missing its front bumper, so he pulled the car over. The driver provided an ID card, but admitted that she did not have a valid license. Further investigation revealed that the driver purchased the car in November 2019, but failed to transfer the title within 45 days as required by law. She was taken into custody for failure to transfer title and later released with a copy of her citation as well as a ticket for no valid operator’s license.

A Vespa scooter was stolen from the driveway of a home on the 1100 block of G Avenue sometime between January 25th and 26th. The Vespa owners described the scooter as red with a scratch along the right rear panel. There are no suspects.

Early in the evening of February 1st, an APD Officer responded to a theft call at a local grocery store. Video surveillance showed a young woman with tattoos and bright colored hair. The suspect was no longer at the store but was contacted the following day on an unrelated matter. During the interview, the suspect admitted to taking deli food items for herself and others because she did not have any money for food and she was hungry.

An APD Officer was dispatched to a local gas station to investigate a fraudulent $100 bill that a customer tried to use to pay for goods at the store. The customer was cooperative with the investigation, stating that he did not notice that the bill was fraudulent and did not know exactly where it came from.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

An APD Officer attempted to detain a rogue black lab in the Whistle Lake parking lot, but the dog became aggressive when the officer approached, then ran off.

Mid-day on February 2nd, a local property manager contacted police to request removal of previous tenants who were not vacating the property as requested. While on route to the call, officers were made aware that two of the subjects, a woman and a man, had warrants for their arrest. Both were taken into custody without incident and the male was later released with a copy of his citation for possession of drug paraphernalia for a needle found on him when he was searched incident to arrest. The female was booked in jail on her warrant and a possession of drug paraphernalia charge for used needles found when she was searched.

Monday, February 3, 2020

A representative from a local laundromat contacted police to report that several new laundry machines were vandalized by a patron who wrote “Do Not Work” in permanent marker on them. Using toothpaste, an employee was able to remove the marks from the machines. The suspect has not been identified.

A large, older dog was rescued from a cove in Washington Park early one afternoon by APD’s Animal Control Officer. The dog was pulled up a steep embankment and later reunited with her owner.

APD Officers were made aware of a court order violation early evening on February 3rd so they went to a local motel to contact the suspect, a 55-year-old man from Anacortes. The man refused to open the door for officers so they used some mechanical persuasion to gain access through the door and took the suspect into custody. The man was booked in jail for the court order violation and a charge for obstructing.

Snohomish County DOC Officers contacted APD early afternoon on February 4th reference a male subject they had in custody. APD Officers were interested in speaking with the man reference an alleged violation of a no contact order from the day prior when he was in Anacortes. He was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an investigative hold for violation of a protection order. The investigating officer was made aware of the alleged violation the day prior but officers were unable to locate the suspect in town that day.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

An APD Sergeant pulled up to a local gas station just after midnight on February 4th and recognized the man and woman occupying a pickup parked nearby. There was a no contact order between the two parties and the 41-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested without incident for violating the order. He was later booked in jail on his charge.

A 34TH Street resident called police to report that his $150 security camera was removed from the side of his house. There are no suspects.

APD’s K9 Officer was on patrol on South Marchs Point Road just after dark on February 4th when an oncoming vehicle veered into his lane. The vehicle headlights then turned off and the car quickly corrected back into its lane. The officer had to slow substantially to avoid colliding with the older model coupe. The officer then pulled the car over to speak with the 37-year-old Anacortes driver to investigate. The driver told the officer that the hot ash from his cigarette fell into his lap that caused the driving mishap. The driver was unable to provide a good license and was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. He was later released with a copy of his citation.

APD Officers responded to SR 20 after someone reported a two-car accident in the area. One of the officers identified a 38-year-old Anacortes man as the driver of the at-fault vehicle that was unable to stop for traffic in front of it. The driver of the at-fault vehicle had a suspended license and a felony warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court. After the man’s heavily damaged SUV was towed from the scene, he was taken to jail on his warrant and driving while license suspended charge. He was also given a copy of his ticket for following too close. No one was injured.

Friday, February 7, 2020

No one was injured in a 3-car vehicle accident in the northbound lane of Commercial Avenue near 23rd Street mid-day on the 7th. The lane was closed for nearly an hour while tow trucks hauled two heavily damaged vehicles from the scene. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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