Police Beat

An Anacortes man fell for an online email scam, then after sending off some money, thought about it and managed to stop payment.

A local man called police on the 23rd to report an internet scam. Earlier in the day, the man received an email from an address familiar to him asking if he could buy a $200 Amazon gift card because the sender could not access his Amazon account. The scammer then asked the victim to send the coupon code to a different outlook.com account. The victim followed through with the request, then called his friend who said he did not submit the request. The victim later canceled the transaction with Amazon and his credit card company, so he did not lose any money. The final step the victim will take is to report the incident to the FBI’s internet crime complaint center, IC3.gov.

Other law enforcement activity this week...

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Early evening on the 23rd, an APD Officer on patrol on 17th Street was flagged down by a woman who said that her son’s vehicle was egged between 4 and 5:30PM that day. The victim has since washed his vehicle clean of the egg matter and no permanent damage was noted. There are no suspects.

An 18-year-old Tulalip man and a 16-year-old juvenile male face charges of 3rd Degree Theft after stealing $90 worth of alcohol on the evening of the 23rd.  Officers responded to the area of 11th and Commercial after a grocery store representative called 911 to report a theft and provided a license plate number and description of a black sedan that two theft suspects were using as a getaway car. The first officer on scene pulled the car over at 21st and Commercial. The car was full of people, and the front passenger offered that they had been at the grocery store buying mustard and the two backseat passengers went into the store to use the restroom. The two backseat passengers later admitted that they were involved in the theft and had stolen four 12-packs of beer which were recovered from the vehicle.  They were later released at the scene.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A woman called police on the afternoon of the 24th after she noticed a man with a gun tucked in his waistband. The man did not make any motions towards the gun or use it in a threatening way. The woman was advised that it is not illegal to carry a firearm but she could call if anything suspicious occurred.

A local 47-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and booked and released on an Anacortes Municipal Court warrant on the afternoon of the 24th. The arresting officer ran the plates on the older model sedan the man was driving and noted that the vehicle was recently sold to the driver who had a warrant for failure to transfer title within 45 days and a suspended license. After discovering this, the officer pulled the car over and arrested, cited, and released the driver without incident.

Monday, May 25, 2020

A convenience store employee called police early evening on the 25th to report the attempted theft of $9 worth of frozen food items from the store.  After recognizing that the woman placed some food items in her bag, the employee contacted the suspect and asked her to hand over the food items. She responded to the request, then walked out the door and the employee called 911. Officers viewed surveillance and were able to identify the 33-year-old suspect who was later contacted at her home and arrested, cited for theft, and released.

Just before midnight on the 25th, an APD Officer was dispatched to the lawn near the R Avenue dog park. The reporting party called 911 dispatch after they saw a man lying in the grass who appeared unresponsive. After tapping the man’s shoulder, the officer was able to awaken the man, a 19-year-old from Bow. With slurred speech, the man told the officer he had been there for two hours and he smelled of alcohol. The man admitted that he had been drinking. He was arrested for minor in possession and later released to a sober adult.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Someone noticed several dogs running off leash at Volunteer Park so they called it in. The Animal Control Officer responded to the area, but the dogs were not there when she arrived.

A woman living on the 1100 block of 24th Street called to speak with an officer about a $90 potted plant that was stolen from her front porch. There are no suspects.

A Lowman Circle resident called police on the evening of the 26th to report that approximately two days prior, someone had entered her vehicle and stole her vehicle registration paperwork. A face mask was recovered from the scene as evidence that was possibly left behind by the perpetrator.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A 21-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for violation of a no contact order as well as controlled substance and drug paraphernalia possession mid-morning on the 27th. The arresting officer recognized that the woman was in a vehicle with the protected person in a no contact order so he stopped to speak with her. The woman stepped out of the car to speak with the officer and just before she was arrested for violation of the order, she reached into her coat pocket to remove items that she threw into the open back window of the vehicle. The items were later retrieved and determined to be a glass pipe and a small baggie of methamphetamine. The woman was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on her charges.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A 35-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for driving while license suspended just before 1AM on the 28th. The man was driving an older model BMW on the 2000 block of 12th Street when an APD Corporal on patrol noticed that the car had an inoperable tail light so he pulled the car over. The driver said he tried to fix the light and thought it was working. He produced a hard copy of his driver’s license and said that it was suspended. The driver was arrested on scene and later released with a copy of his citation.

Officers investigated the report of a possible DUI driver on SR 20 just after 2:30 AM on the 28th. Officers followed the car and later contacted the driver who said he was tired after a long work shift but did not show any signs of impairment.

A Kingsway resident called police on the 28th to report that someone entered his unlocked vehicle overnight and stole two vehicle key fobs valued at approximately $600. There are no suspects.

Friday, May 29, 2020

A 38-year-old Bellingham man was arrested, cited, and released on scene in the early morning hours on the 29th. The man was driving an older model sedan on SR 20 and pulled over in a parking lot near Sharpes Corner. An APD Officer pulled in behind him to find out if he was the registered owner, because he discovered that the registered owner had a suspended license when he ran the plates through Dispatch. The man said he was the owner and knew his license was suspended which is why he pulled off the road. He was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and agreed to call a licensed friend to retrieve the car.

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