Police Beat

A local man who was stopped by an officer late one night failed to learn a lesson from that traffic stop. Yes, he got stopped again a few minutes later.

Just before midnight on the 9th, an APD Officer pulled an older model coupe over on Commercial Avenue after observing that the driver failed to use the turn signal on two separate occasions. The driver, a 23-year-old Anacortes man, was placed under arrest after investigation revealed that his license was suspended. Then … Just after midnight, an APD Officer observed an older model coupe traveling on H Avenue and pulled the car over after it turned onto 41st Street without using a signal light. The car then sped away, exceeding the speed limit by over 10mph. The 23-year-old driver was later determined to be the same driver who was pulled over by another officer early that evening. He was arrested for driving while license suspended and failure to transfer title of his vehicle. He was then given a courtesy ride home and his car was left at the scene.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

A 25-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and faces possible drug charges after Anacortes Police Officers contacted him in his vehicle in a convenience store parking lot just after midnight on the 8th. An APD Officer responded to the parking lot after he heard what sounded like a loud bang, and he contacted the vehicle thinking it may have been part of the loud noise. The driver did not immediately notice the officer standing by his car, but did notice police lights illuminated by a partner officer who had a car pulled over nearby. When the driver noticed the police lights, he quickly hid a syringe and admitted to the officer who observed his actions that there was drug paraphernalia in the car. He was later released and faces possible drug charges.

A 36-year-old Anacortes woman was driving an older model SUV on 37th Street just before 5AM on the 8th. The SUV displayed expired registration tabs, so a patrol officer contacted the driver. A routine check revealed that the driver had a suspended driver’s license so she was taken into custody without incident and later released at the scene.

Sometime around 5PM on the 8th, a vehicle prowler broke a $150 driver’s side window of a car to steal $33 worth of items at the Whistle Lake trailhead. There are no suspects.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Just after 2AM on the 9th, an APD Officer on patrol observed a newer model truck with a broken headlamp so he pulled the car over on the 600 block of Commercial Avenue. The 33-year-old driver said he just purchased the truck and was unaware of any mechanical issues. A routine check revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license, so he was taken into custody without incident. He was later given a courtesy transport to his residence in town.

Monday, August 10, 2020

A resident on the 3600 block of West 5th Street contacted police on the 10th to report that sometime over the weekend, someone stole over $500 in construction materials from the side of his home. There are no suspects at this time.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A local woman contacted police on the 11th to report being the victim of a payday loan scam. The woman applied for a loan online and was sent a check for part of the loan, then instructed to purchase gift cards and send photos of the front and back of the cards. The woman complied with the request and sent photos to the scammers via email and was sent another check for partial payment of the loan. In addition to contacting her bank, the woman was encouraged to report the incident to the FTC, ic3.gov, and the Better Business Bureau.

No one was injured in a two-car motor vehicle accident at Sharpes Corner mid-morning on the 11th. The at-fault driver, a 71-year-old Mount Vernon man, will be given a ticket for failure to yield because he failed to stop for an SUV in the roundabout that was attempting to exit south towards Oak Harbor.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A local 46-year-old woman faces trespassing charges for going to a local grocer only three weeks after she was served with a one-year trespass (ban) notice. Per staff members, the woman was waiting by the door for the store to be opened that morning, but left before police arrived on scene. She was later contacted on an unrelated matter, interviewed, and cited for trespassing.  

A 25-year-old man from out of state was arrested and charged with failure to transfer title and putting a non-matching license plate on his car. The man was pulled over after a patrol officer ran the plates on the sedan the man was driving. When the plates returned to an SUV, the officer pulled the car over to investigate. The man admitted that he swapped the plates from another vehicle he owned because he did not want to get a ticket for expired plates.

An 84-year-old man ran a stop sign at South March Point Road and March Point Road on Wednesday afternoon, causing a collision with another sedan. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

An APD Officer pulled an older model sedan over on SR 20 on the afternoon of the 13th. The investigating officer observed a local man known by police to have a suspended driver’s license behind the wheel of the car. The 65-year-old driver was cooperative with the investigation and was taken into custody for driving while license suspended. When asked if there was anything illegal in the car, the man said there might be a pipe used to ingest illegal narcotics in the car. With permission to search the car, officers searched and discovered a pipe with what was thought to be methamphetamine residue. The driver was cited for driving while license suspended, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then released from the scene after agreeing to get a licensed driver for his car.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,077 Skagit Cases (+4)
<50 Cases in ZIP 98221

96 Hospitalizations (+0)
22 Deaths (+0)
35,804 Tests
NA% Positive

82,199 Cases Statewide (+597)
7,248 Hospitalizations (+33)

2,037 Deaths Statewide (+0)

Updated 6:00 pm September 19, 2020.

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