Police Beat

The city’s Animal Control Officer met a full-grown female elephant seal that had become a nuisance in the back yard of a home.

Late morning on March 31st, the Animal Control Officer responded to Anaco Beach Road to meet with “Elsie Mae”, a full-grown female elephant seal. Property owners there had allowed Elsie to spend some time in their back yard until she became a nuisance and damaged their property. With guidance from the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Agent of Skagit County, NOAA Fisheries, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Animal Control Officer and several other officers were able to escort Elsie to the surf. To prevent further up-close visits, a small barrier fence was built so she does not get quite so close if she opts for a return visit.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A resident on the 2000 block of 41st Street contacted police on the 28th to report that sometime since the day prior, someone cut a hole in her livestock fence. No livestock escaped and they were able to repair the damage to mitigate further problems.

Sometime between 5:45AM and 2:30PM on the 28th, a woman’s car was sideswiped while parked on the 2100 block of Q Avenue. The woman’s car sustained $3,000 in damage to the driver’s side and no one left a note declaring their responsibility for the vehicle damage.

Monday, March 30, 2020

An APD Corporal was patrolling the Heart Lake parking lot just after midnight on the 30th when he observed an older model sedan parked near the edge of the lake. The Corporal contacted two teen males in the car, noting that there was smoke coming out of the open windows that smelled like marijuana. The driver, a local 16-year-old, initially denied that they were smoking marijuana, but later claimed that there was marijuana in the car and it was his. Officers searched the vehicle and found several empty marijuana containers as well as loose marijuana and marijuana joints. The 16-year-old was referred on a charge for possession of marijuana. Both juveniles were released to their respective parents.

A package containing a $38 razor was possibly stolen from a mailbox on I Avenue between the 28th and 30th. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Just after 5PM on March 31st, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue pulled a sedan over after a routine check of the vehicle registration revealed that the car was sold two-and-a-half months prior which is well past the 15-day allowance to transfer the title. The 29-year-old Arlington driver told the officer that he understood the reason for the stop and mentioned that he did not have a good driver’s license at the time. The driver was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of his citation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A 43-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for driving while license suspended after she passed an officer on patrol driving approximately 20 miles per hour over the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit. The woman told the officer that she was running late to pick up her son. She was arrested, cited, and released from the scene.

Anacortes Police Officers investigated a report of someone flashing a handgun at a woman driving by in her car near the intersection of 22nd and R Avenue. Based on suspect and vehicle information provided, officers pulled in behind a late model SUV and detained the driver, an 18-year-old from Oak Harbor. The driver initially denied having a gun. When asked why someone called the police because he pointed a gun at them, he admitted that he had an airsoft gun in the car that he showed to someone he knew who was passing by in another car. Officers found the realistic looking airsoft gun in the SUV and took it as evidence. The man was later released and faces a possible weapons offense charge.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A local woman called police to file a fraud complaint reference an online furniture purchase she made recently for $97. After realizing the furniture she attempted to purchase had a retail value of much more than she paid for the table and chair set, and seeing no attempts by the fraudster to deliver the items she ordered, the woman contacted her bank to refund her money. The victim was given more resources to mitigate further victimization and advised to cancel the bankcard she used for the transaction.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Just after 4AM on the 3rd, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of 9th Street to investigate a possible assault that occurred between two male roommates. Officers located the two men and interviewed them separately. The 26-year-old roommate was determined to be the primary aggressor in a verbal argument over some damage to the carpet and furniture in the home. There were several empties laying around the apartment and the suspect appeared intoxicated. The 26-year-old was later transported to jail and booked for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. A warrant out of the Sedro Woolley Municipal Court for DUI was also cleared on the suspect when he was arrested and booked.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 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