Police Beat

A weekly roundup as prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

May 2

Two second grade students at Island View Elementary school reported to the principal that on the previous day they had seen a man inside a house adjacent to the school yard with his pants down. When a girl inside the house pointed to the window, the unknown man closed the curtains. Officers attempted to contact the man, but received no response.

An Anacortes woman walking her dog in the 3400 block of Field Avenue was “accosted” by three neighbor dogs.

A 101-year-old Anacortes man reported finding a knife on a table in his back yard in the 1700 block of 9th Street. The knife was taken by officers for safekeeping after determining it was not part of any criminal activity.    

Subjects selling carpet cleaning products door to door in the 3700 block of W. 4th Street were contacted by police and instructed to obtain a City business license. 

May 3

Report of an elderly driver who forgot to pay for gas at a station in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue. License number was not obtained by clerk.   

Suspicious flares seen in water off Skyline Marina was the Coast Guard doing training.   

A 48-year-old Fidalgo Island man was contacted at Island Hospital after he reported that his roommate possibly committed suicide. The incident occurred outside of the City limits and was investigated by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.  

A 54-year-old Anacortes woman was stopped in the 500 block of O Avenue after an officer observed her driving a vehicle with a defective taillight. The woman had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and the strong odor of alcohol. She admitted to having “a few drinks” at a downtown bar. The woman failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunk driving. The woman was processed for DUI and provided two breath samples that were approximately twice the legal limit.  She was cited for DUI and released to a sober friend.            

May 4

A 76-year-old resident of the 4800 block of Yorkshire Drive reported finding approximately 20 firecrackers in his mailbox and strewn around the ground below. Neighboring mailboxes were checked with nothing suspicious located.  

A resident of the 2700 block of J Avenue reported an unknown female pedestrian had dropped a pillowcase on the street containing unknown items. The pillowcase was checked and found to contain vomit.  

Officer on patrol found dumpster tipped over at Island View Elementary School.  School principal was notified.  

A 66-year-old Anacortes man reported the theft of approximately 90 gallons of gasoline from his pickup’s fuel tank while it had been parked at Skyline Marina.  The theft was believed to have occurred over the weekend during nighttime hours. There are no suspects at this time.

Tulalip Tribal Police requested assistance in locating parents of an 8-year-old boy apparently left unattended at McDonald’s inside of Wal-Mart. The request was cancelled after the mother was located inside of the store.     

A possibly intoxicated 33 year old Friday Harbor resident who was a passenger on a plane that landed in Anacortes was contacted and agreed not to drive.  He later boarded the ferry on foot to return to the San Juan Islands.  

Neighbor reported two kids shooting plastic pellet guns in the 1700 block of 39th Street. The kids and their parents were contacted and informed of the City ordinance banning the shooting of air guns.  The guns were put away.

A 21-year-old Anacortes man reported losing his wallet that contained his tax refund check, credit card, and driver’s license.  The man said that he believed the wallet might have been stolen from the tabletop of a popular downtown restaurant earlier in the day. 

May 5

Three juveniles were reported to be walking in the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue yelling vulgarities at cars.  The area was checked by officers, but the juveniles were not located.  

A 19-year-old Anacortes woman reported losing her cellular telephone in the area between 17th Street and Ace Hardware.  

A Verizon employee reported that sometime in the past two weeks a fuel filler hose was cut on a company van while it was parked at the company’s substation in the 500 block of O Avenue.  It was unknown how much gas was drained from the vehicle.

A 19-year-old Edmonds woman was contacted near Whistle Lake after she had been seen walking and crying by a Skagit County Sheriff’s deputy.  The woman informed officers that she had been arguing with her 17-year-old boyfriend inside of a vehicle parked at the lake, and that they had engaged in a shoving and spitting match.  The boyfriend was not located at the lake, but he later came to APD and provided a statement in which he said his girlfriend had been throwing things and spitting on him.  The report was forwarded to the Prosecutor for a charging decision.  

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested in the 2500 block of J Avenue on an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of the man also located a glass marijuana smoking pipe.  The man was cited for possession of the pipe and booked into jail on the warrant.  

A 16-year-old Prairie resident reported the theft of his MP3 player and $3.00 in cash from inside of a locked locker while swimming at the Fidalgo Pool.  The teen had shared the locker with some friends who had left the key in the locker room while swimming.  The suspect is unknown at this time.  

A resident of the 3800 block of W. 4th Street found several subjects burglarizing his open garage.  The resident chased the suspects down the block and was able to obtain a description of their vehicle as they drove out of the area.  Moments later, the vehicle was stopped by several Skagit County Sheriff’s Office deputies that were in Anacortes and all four occupants of the car were taken into custody.  A 21-year-old Mount Vernon man, an 18-year-old Mount Vernon man, a 16-year-old Conway youth, and a 19-year-old Anacortes man were interviewed by an Anacortes PD detective who obtained confessions.  Residential burglary charges are pending against the four men. 

May 6

Two nineteen-year-old Anacortes men were contacted while walking in the 1600 block of 22nd Street while an officer was investigating a loud party complaint in the area.  Both men showed signs of intoxication and one was found to be carrying three bottles of beer in his backpack.  Both men were cited and released for underage drinking.  

An Anacortes business in the 900 block of 37th Street brought two checks to APD that had been dishonored due to insufficient funds. The 25-year-old female writer of the checks no longer lives at the Anacortes address printed on the checks, and the matter is being investigated.  

A business in the 3000 block of R Avenue reported that someone had removed the catalytic converter from a company van parked in the lot sometime in the past week.  Closer inspection revealed that the converter had been cut from the van.  A saw blade was found on the ground underneath the van.   

An Anacortes resident reported that the license plate to his flatbed trailer had been stolen sometime since 04-27-08 while the trailer was parked in the 8900 block of Stevenson Road.  

Two car fender bender in the 3000 bock of I Avenue.  State accident report completed.  

A 30-year-old Anacortes man was arrested in the 1000 block of 11th Street for having an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.  While searching the man, the officer found four candy bars in his pocket.  The man initially claimed that he had purchased the candy bars at a local store, but when the officer contacted the store, employees informed the officer that they had not recently sold any of the candy.  When confronted with this information, the man admitted that he had stolen the candy bars from the store. The man was cited for theft and booked into jail on the warrant.  

A restaurant in the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue reported that a drive through customer appeared to be intoxicated.  An officer arrived and observed the customer’s vehicle pull away from the drive-through and drive over a curb.  The car parked in the lot and the 25-year-old Anacortes male driver was contacted.  The man showed obvious signs of intoxication, but he denied driving the car.  The man was uncooperative and profane, and was placed under arrest for investigation of drunk driving.  While being processed for DUI, the man remained belligerent and profane and spit on the arresting officer.  The man was booked into jail for investigation of DUI and assault.  

May 7

A 33-year-old Oak Harbor man reported that he had been assaulted several weeks ago by his former boss at a business in the 12000 block of Thompson Road.  The man reported having ongoing pain as a result of the assault.  The matter is still under investigation.  

A 60-year-old Anacortes man reported his pickup had sustained front bumper damage as the result of being struck by an unknown vehicle in a parking lot in the 900 block of 11th Street sometime in the past week.  

A 63-year-old Lake Cavanaugh man reported paying a former Anacortes man $1500.00 as a deposit on a custom dump trailer the man was supposed to build.  The trailer was never built and the suspect kept the deposit and moved to the east coast.  The suspect had previously been charged with theft for similar scams in the Anacortes area, and charges from this incident will be added. 

May 8

Report of two males walking near a residence in the 1700 block of 7th St.  No description available.  Last seen walking east towards downtown.  Officers checked the residence and surrounding vehicles but were unable to locate anyone on foot.  

Animal problem.  A dog found running loose in the 800 block of 9th Street was found to be a frequent offender and its 20-year-old  owner was cited for Dog Running at Large.  

A 13-year-old Anacortes boy reported the theft of his $250.00 I-Pod from inside of his backpack at the Anacortes Middle School.  The backpack had been left unattended in a classroom for a short period of time.  Police are still investigating the theft.

A 46-year-old Anacortes woman and her 16-year-old son reported that an unknown vehicle had struck the rear bumper to their car while it had been parked on the north side of Anacortes High School.  The damage was estimated at $500.00.  

A 47-year-old Anacortes man called police to have a 51 year old male removed from his residence in the 6000 block of Parkside Drive.  The two friends had been involved in a physical altercation after one accused the other of having had too much to drink.  The guest left upon request and neither wanted to pursue criminal charges. 

May 9

Open investigation regarding a complaint of an 18 year old Anacortes man furnishing alcohol to a 16 year old Anacortes girl.  The matter is still being investigated. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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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