Police Beat

At 10PM on the 23rd, an APD Officer took a traffic accident report on the 1100 block of 22nd Street. Investigation revealed that the 18-year-old Anacortes male driving the vehicle was distracted by his phone which resulted in a rear-end collision with a late model SUV parked legally on the side of the road. No one was injured. The at-fault driver was given a $139 ticket for using an electronic device while driving.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Just after 3AM on the 18th, an APD Officer searched the 400 block of O Avenue for someone who was reportedly yelling while talking to someone on the phone. Officers were unable to locate anyone fitting the description provided.  

Someone called police to report a drooling raccoon on top of a gazebo on Q Avenue on the morning of the 18th. The reporting party was not available for a phone call from the officer and the “dribbler” was not located.

Two out-of-towners were banned from a marina on Q Avenue at the request of marina staff. The men were allegedly loitering in or near their vehicle for several hours. Both men cooperated with police and agreed to have a licensed driver transport them and their vehicle from the scene after officers cleared the scene.

APD Officers arrested a local 28-year-old man in downtown Anacortes after he consumed approximately ¼ of a bottle of cheap vodka he had just stolen from a local grocer. The man was arrested and searched and two $8 bottles were taken as evidence. While the officer was completing the theft citation, the suspect asked if he could have his bottle of alcohol back. The officer explained that the bottle was stolen, so he would not return it to him. The man was released at the scene with a copy of his citation.

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in jail on the afternoon of the 18th for domestic violence assault. The man’s girlfriend came to the police station earlier in the day to report that she was assaulted by him the day prior and she had faint markings on her arm and neck consistent with her report the he grabbed and pushed her after a verbal argument between the two.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

A 53-year-old Mount Vernon man was taken to jail in the early afternoon on the 19th after a local grocery store manager confronted him about concealing items in his clothing. Officers arrived and spoke with the subject who was later banned from the store. A routine check also revealed that the man had a felony warrant for controlled substance possession, so he was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. The search revealed some drug paraphernalia and the man admitted he had used as recently as the day prior. He was booked in jail on his warrant and a new charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.    

Monday, April 20, 2020

An APD Officer collected two City-owned traffic cones that were discovered in a church parking lot along H Avenue during a routine patrol check in the early morning hours on the 20th. The cones were located near a set of fresh burnout tire marks in the asphalt.

A local resident called the Animal Control Officer on the 20th to report her neighbor’s neglected cat. The ACO was informed that the neighbor was willing to re-home the cat so she could get the care she needed. The ACO took custody of the feline and brought her to the Cat’s Meow so she could be cared for and put up for adoption.

A resident from the 1500 block of 13th Street called police on the afternoon of the 20th to report that sometime over the weekend, an unknown person or persons accessed her detached garage and stole a couple hundred dollars’ worth of tools.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A local woman called police to report a threatening email she received recently from an unknown sender. The email implied that the sender had login information for the woman’s accounts and was asking for ransom payments via Bitcoin. The woman did not open any attachments and she did not lose any money in the incident. She was advised to watch her accounts and credit for signs of fraudulent activity.

A 57-year-old Mount Vernon driver was arrested for driving while license suspended on the afternoon of the 22nd. The man was driving his SUV on M Avenue near the police department and an officer on patrol ran a routine check on the vehicle registration. The check revealed that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license, so the officer pulled the SUV over and took the vehicle owner into custody. He was later released on scene.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A 27-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for DUI and booked in jail on his charge due to a previous DUI on his record in the early morning hours on the 24th. Officers contacted the man late the previous evening in the driver’s seat of his vehicle that was parked in the middle of the 500 block of V Avenue. The man cooperated with a request to take roadside sobriety tests, but had a hard time maintaining his balance. The tests were concluded for his safety after he nearly fell down, and a breath test showed a result of several times over the legal limit to legally operate a motor vehicle.

An APD Officer was on his way to a cold burglary call when he received information from the dispatcher that the reporting party canceled the call because the item he thought was stolen was simply borrowed by the neighbor. No crime was committed.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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