Police Beat

Someone discovered a credit card skimmer attached to a card reader at a convenience store.

A local convenience store called police on the morning of the 5th to report a card skimmer that was placed on one of the card readers at the store. One of the hints to the person reporting was that the push buttons were not individual, but were all attached to one another. The responding officer took custody of the skimming device that had a battery with wires leading to the card reader. There are no suspects at this time.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

An unsecured folding bike was stolen from the 900 block of 22nd Street sometime during the night on the 1st. There are no suspects.

Just after noon on the 2nd, APD Officers responded to a local grocer per the report of the theft of $40 in miscellaneous items, including alcohol and condoms. Based on a suspect description, officers took a male into custody a few minutes after the call came in and the stolen items were located nearby. The man faces theft and obstructing charges because he provided a fictitious name when officers asked him to identify himself.   

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Mid-afternoon on the 3rd, an APD Officer on patrol on 6th Street pulled an SUV over for making an illegal U-turn in front of him. The driver, a 33-year-old from Langley, was later taken into custody for driving while license suspended after a routine check revealed that he was not allowed to legally drive the vehicle. He was later released at the scene.

A shift lead working at a Commercial Avenue restaurant called police just before dinnertime on the 3rd to report the theft of a tip jar containing approximately $25. The staff member provided suspect descriptions, but officers were unable to locate them as several minutes had passed since the incident occurred.

Monday, January 4, 2021

A 16-year-old male was charged with domestic violence assault on January 4 after he shoved a man, later determined to be his mother’s fiancé. All parties separated for the day to prevent further issues.

A woman living on the 1300 block of 20th Street called police late morning on the 4th to report that a man she did not know was looking in her vehicle’s windows that were parked in her driveway. An officer responded to the area, but was unable to locate the male or an associated vehicle. No damage or theft occurred in the incident.

A City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation staffer called police on the 4th to report graffiti painted on the outfield wall at Daniel’s Field on 13th Street. There are no suspects.

A local motel patron called police to report a small stain above the headboard next to his bed. The investigating officer did not notice anything suspicious, but advised the man to speak with hotel staff to arrange for a different room the following morning.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A late model sedan rear-ended an older model van at the Sharpes Corner roundabout late morning on the 5th. No one was injured when the van slowed for traffic in the roundabout as it approached from the east. The sedan driver was determined to be at fault and was given a ticket for following too close.

An APD Corporal pulled a spray painted older model sedan over in the area of 23rd and Commercial on the afternoon of the 5th after the vehicle registration returned as stolen out of Mount Vernon. The 19-year-old Bellingham man driving the vehicle was taken into custody without incident. The driver claimed that he did not know that the car was stolen and had recently procured it via a bartering agreement. The driver was booked in the Skagit County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and 1st degree driving with license suspended. The car was later turned over to the owner.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

A 26-year-old Mount Vernon driver pulled out in front of a car at the intersection of 32nd Street and M Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The car had the ride of way and had to stop completely to avoid a collision. An APD Officer in a marked patrol car witnessed the event and stopped the at-fault SUV to speak with the driver. A routine check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended, so she was taken into custody, cited on scene, and released.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

A business on the 1000 block of 10th Street contacted police on the morning of the 7th to report that a box truck containing several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise was stolen sometime after 6PM on Wednesday. The bright-colored truck was later discovered in Oak Harbor and returned to the rightful owner.

A Commercial Avenue restaurant called police on the 7th at 7PM to report that approximately 30 minutes prior, someone stole their tip jar which contained a few dollars in cash.

An APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue noticed an older model European sedan with a bad taillight, so he pulled the car over to speak with the driver, a 23-year-old Mount Vernon man. The driver said he was aware of the issue and had just purchased parts to fix the car. Though he may have had the parts, the driver did not have a valid driver’s license; it was suspended because of a previous DUI. The driver was asked to step out of the car and taken into custody without incident. The man was later released and the car was parked on the side of the road, awaiting a licensed driver.

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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