Police Beat

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Two large breed dogs ran away from the owner while she was bathing them and were found at the nearby dog park on H Avenue. An officer responded and used the phone number on the collar to identify and contact the owner who was reunited with her animals.

APD Officers were made aware of an intoxicated male laying alongside a trail near Heart Lake. Officers had the man pour out his beer and transported him to his residence where he was handed over to a sober friend.

A man told police that someone was throwing rocks at his car from the roof of a business on the 1600 block of Commercial Avenue. There was no observed damage and the responding officer was unable to locate anyone on the roof.

Just after 9:30PM on March 7th, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a van with a broken headlight so he pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the 31-year-old Everett driver. When asked for his license, the driver handed a Washington ID card to the officer and said he just bought the vehicle and did not have the registration or insurance paperwork available. A routine check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and he was required by law to have an interlock device installed in his vehicle, but there was not one present in the van. The driver was arrested, cited, and released with a copy of his citation for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Late morning on March 8, an APD Corporal observed a local 42-year-old man known to have an outstanding Anacortes Municipal Court warrant, so he pulled over to speak with him on the 1200 block of 10th Street. The man was arrested and booked in jail on his warrant without incident, though he claimed he did not know there was a warrant for his arrest.

A woman called police to report an abandoned backpack in the 1000 block of 20th Street one afternoon. The pack was left near her vehicle for nearly an hour, so she called 911 to ask for help. An APD Corporal responded and searched the backpack, but did not find anything that identified the owner of the pack. However, the Corporal discovered some items of interest, including a small baggie of methamphetamine, and a small amount of heroin and marijuana. The items were transported to the police station to be destroyed.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mid-morning on March 9th, the Animal Control Officer was made aware of a large breed dog she was familiar with in the parking lot of a motel on Commercial Avenue. When the dog saw the ACO, she ran all the way to her home on the 2000 block of M Avenue and ran through an open gate in the fenced yard. The ACO secured the gate and reminded the dog owner about the leash law in Anacortes and the need to secure her animal’s enclosure.

Just before 4:30PM on the 9th, an APD Officer ran the plates of an older model SUV driving in the lot of a business near the intersection of SR 20 and Christianson Road. A 40-year-old Oak Harbor man associated with the vehicle had a felony Department of Corrections warrant and a misdemeanor warrant out of Skagit County District Court so the officer contacted the man and arrested him on his warrants without incident. Custody of the man was transferred to DOC Officers who were willing to take custody of him on their warrant.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

APD Officers spoke with a man and woman in their car parked in a retail lot on Commercial Avenue mid-morning on the 10th. A routine check revealed that the male, a 39-year-old from Friday Harbor, was a respondent in a no contact order with the woman in the car. He was arrested for violation of the order and booked in jail on his charge.

Mid-afternoon on the 10th, an APD Officer took a vehicle prowl report from a resident on the 1200 block of 35th Street. The reporting party initially thought the gas cap was missing, but the cap was later found on the ground. It is unknown if gas was siphoned from the tank. The reporting party also filled out a report for missing license plates from the vehicle that were stolen recently, possibly as long as two months prior. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

An employee of a business on 4th Street called police early morning on the 11th to report that someone left a note on his car windshield saying he parked on the wrong side of the street. Also of note was that the driver’s side mirror on the vehicle was broken and it will cost the owner $50 to replace it. There are no suspects.

An APD Officer responded to 29th and Commercial to speak with a man who honked at a jaywalker and the teen male then threw a soda can at the reporting party’s car. There was no damage done to the vehicle and officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Friday, March 13, 2020

An APD Officer on patrol on R Avenue early morning on the 13th observed an older model sports sedan with a burnt-out headlight, so he pulled the car over on Q Avenue to speak with the 18-year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle. The woman initially said her license was at home, but later admitted that she did not have a driver’s license or permit but . She was taken into custody, cited for no valid operator’s license, and released at the scene.

A man had his car parked on the 900 block of 22nd Street for the past two weeks and while it was parked there, he believes that someone placed sugar in the gas tank. The vehicle owner mentioned a possible suspect and the investigating officer spoke with that person, but the subject denied any involvement or knowledge of who was involved in the incident.

Local motel staff contacted APD on Friday to report drug paraphernalia found in the room by cleaning staff. An officer responded and located two syringes loaded with a dark substance, possibly heroin. The officer did not locate anything else out of the ordinary in the room and he took custody of the syringes and took them back to the police station.

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