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A Sedro-Woolley person led Anacortes police on a high speed chase out of town after apparently trying to break into a Marches Point business along with several juveniles.

At 3:30 Thursday morning, Dec. 17, APD Officers were dispatched via emergency tones to a burglary in progress at a retail establishment on South Marches Point Road. Someone called 911 to report that they heard a window break and several individuals running from the business towards a car parked nearby. Swinomish Tribal Police Officers in the area attempted to stop the vehicle as it sped from the scene. As the suspect vehicle drove off, it nearly struck one of SPD’s patrol vehicles before speeding off towards Mount Vernon on State Route 20 at speeds up to 100 miles per hour with Swinomish Tribal Officers and an APD Officer in pursuit. The sedan went into Mount Vernon, and then turned north towards Sedro-Woolley which is where Sedro-Woolley Police Officers deployed a stop stick to stop the vehicle. The vehicle occupants, including juveniles, were ultimately taken into custody. The driver, a 23-year-old from Sedro-Wooley, was booked in jail on an investigative hold for eluding, reckless endangerment, attempted burglary, and assault. APD Officers caught up with an additional juvenile suspect who was taken into custody as he walked through the parking lot of a gas station near the crime scene. The Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center would not accept the juveniles, so they were released to family members and face possible attempted burglary charges. Officers later determined that the suspects were unsuccessful in gaining entry into the building.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

A 19-year-old Burlington woman was given a ticket for following too closely after she rear-ended a car at the intersection of 28th and Commercial early morning on the 13th. No one sustained any apparent injuries; however, the at-fault driver struck the SUV in front of her with enough force to activate her sedan’s airbag.

On the afternoon of the 13th, APD Officers responded to an apartment on 27th Street to investigate a reported domestic violence incident that occurred earlier in the day. Officers were told that a girlfriend and boyfriend got into an argument after cat feces was accidentally spilled in the apartment. The boyfriend, a 30-year-old man from Anacortes, reacted to the incident by grabbing his girlfriend’s arm, grabbing her around the throat, and striking her in the chest. The man was later booked in jail for domestic violence assault.

Monday, December 14, 2020

APD Officers investigated a vehicle-verses-pedestrian collision at the intersection of 22nd and Commercial at approximately 3:30PM on Monday the 14th. The first officer on scene tended to an elderly woman who was struck by a pickup truck in the intersection. Medics arrived shortly thereafter and the woman was transported by ambulance from the scene and unfortunately later succumbed to her injuries. The driver did not show any signs of impairment; he was given a ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Just before 11:30 at night on the 14th, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue noticed an SUV driving 16 miles per hour over the posted 30 mph speed limit, so he pulled the car over to speak with the man driving. A routine check revealed that the 32-year-old Snohomish man had a suspended license, so he was taken into custody and later released with a copy of his citation as well as a speeding ticket.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A West 5th Street resident contacted police on the 15th to report a post-it note on her front door with a phone number asking her to call about her house. The homeowner called and spoke with a man who was soliciting home improvement work. APD received similar accounts from other Anacortes residents as well and it does not appear that a crime has been committed in any case.

A local retailer called police on the 15th to report the theft of several propane tanks that were secured outside of the business. The tanks were stolen sometime between midnight and 6AM that day. There are no suspects.

A T Avenue business contacted police on the 15th to report that sometime overnight an unknown person or persons came onto their property and took some items left outside. The items were intended for disposal so the reporting party was not extremely concerned, but requested additional patrols of the area.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

A postal service driver called police early morning on the 16th to tell an officer about a silver SUV that was following him for several blocks. The driver was concerned that the driver of the SUV may be stealing packages. The SUV left the area before officers arrived and was not located.

A Broadview Drive resident called police on the 16th to report that someone repeatedly disturbed Christmas lights in their yard and the latest disturbance will cost the victim $10 to replace the lights. The victim does not know who damaged his lights. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

There were no injuries in a two-car collision at Cypress Drive and Glasgow Way mid-morning on the 17th. The driver of the at-fault vehicle, a 44-year-old Stanwood man, stopped at the stop sign, but failed to see the oncoming SUV as he pulled onto Glasgow Way. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for failure to yield.  

A City of Anacortes solar panel, bracket, and cables were stolen from a street sign on State Route 20 sometime during the week of the 14th. The theft will cost the City approximately $1,000 to replace. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes resident called police on the 17th to report that his unlocked older model Honda sedan was stolen sometime between 6AM and 4:30PM while parked on R Avenue during his work shift. The following afternoon, an APD Sergeant took a call from the car owner who stated that he was following his stolen car on T Avenue and APD Officers caught up with the car and stopped it in the 900 block of 11th Street. A male and female; both known to police; stepped out of the vehicle and were immediately detained. The male, a local 28-year-old, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia found in the car near where he was seated and a glass pipe with drug residue found in his front pant pocket when he was searched incident to arrest. He was later released from the scene and faces possible charges associated with paraphernalia possession. The female, a local 22-year-old and driver of the vehicle, was booked in jail on an investigative hold for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia for items commonly associated with illicit drug use that were found near the driver’s seat where she was seated when officers pulled the car over.

Friday, December 18, 2020

A local 55-year-old man was arrested late morning on Friday by an APD Officer. The caller provided a clothing description of a man walking through her neighbor’s yard and tugging on a bike that was locked up near a business which she thought was suspicious. The officer contacted a man matching the description provided and the man denied any illegal criminal activity, however, a routine check revealed that he had a warrant for DUI. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on his warrant. 

Just after 10PM on the 18th, APD investigated a road rage incident on the west side of town involving a sedan driver and an SUV driver. The driver of the sedan called police after a brief altercation with the SUV driver who kicked his driver’s side door, causing minor damage. Based on the vehicle and driver description, the investigating officer was able to contact and interview the 17-year-old SUV driver for his alleged involvement in the incident. The 17-year-old faces a possible malicious mischief charge.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 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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