Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department.

June 20

An employee of a restaurant in the 200 block of T Avenue reported that the business had gotten two checks totaling approximately $140 returned due to the checking account being closed.  A 50-year-old Anacortes woman had written both checks after informing the restaurant staff that she had ”forgotten” her cash.  Contact with the woman is pending and the matter is under investigation.

A 40-year-old Anacortes woman was contacted at the library after the staff reported that she was in the bathroom screaming and throwing things.  The woman was taken into custody after it was learned she had outstanding warrants for her arrest for previous suspended driving and making false statement offenses.  The woman was booked into the county jail.

A woman in the 1200 block of 19th Street reported that she had witnessed a man walk up and punch the side of her vehicle parked in front of her house.  A 20-year-old Anacortes man was contacted a few blocks away and the victim responded and identified the man as the suspect.  The man denied hitting the car, but he smelled strongly of intoxicants and displayed the effects of being intoxicated.  He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.  The man was arrested for underage drinking and the warrants.  There was little damage to the woman’s vehicle and she did not want to pursue charges.    

Officers working at the Saint Mary’s Fest recognized a 45-year-old Anacortes as having an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  When the man saw the police walking towards him, he ran to the back of the church property, although he had been told he was under arrest and to stop.  The man slid under a fence and was found hiding in a patch of brush.  He was placed under arrest for the warrant and resisting arrest.   

June 21

An officer stopped a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old Anacortes man for speeding in the 2400 block of R Avenue.  The driver smelled strongly of intoxicants, had watery and bloodshot eyes, and said he had drunk “two beers.”  The man preformed poorly on field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for drunk driving.  He later provided two breath samples that were over one and a half times the legal limit and admitted that he had two beers and two or three vodka drinks.  He was cited and released to his wife.             

Police were asked to check on a suspicious man reported to be sleeping by a garage in the 1000 block of 13th Street.  The reporting party did not know how long the man had been lying on the ground.  Officers checked and discovered that the “man” was actually a mannequin.  The mannequin had no comment when asked what he was doing. 

A mailbox in the 4400 block of Queen Anne was found to be knocked off of its’ post after a neighbor reported hearing voices and banging noises.  Officers checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects or other damaged mailboxes.

A lock was cut off a storage shed in the 3700 block of Portage Lane sometime in the past six months and two tool boxes containing assorted hand tools and a circular saw were stolen.  The value of the stolen property totaled over $800.

A 17-year-old Anacortes girl reported the theft of a mountain bike valued at $100.00 from the bike rack at Anacortes High School.  The bike was reported to have been locked, and the lock was also missing. 

An Anacortes woman reported that someone struck the rear end of her vehicle while it was parked curbside in the 1000 block of 20th Street.  The damage was estimated at $500.

Officers responded to a two car accident at the intersection of 9th Street and Commercial Avenue.  A 48-year-old Anacortes woman told an officer that an SUV driven by an 87-year-old Mount Vernon woman had run the stop sign and hit her car.  The Anacortes woman smelled strongly of intoxicants and said that she had had one drink.  The woman performed field sobriety tests and provided a portable breath test sample over twice the legal limit.  The woman was placed under arrest for DUI.  She also said that she had taken some pain medication and had two shots of whiskey.  She was taken to the hospital for a blood draw and charged with DUI.

Officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the area of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue after it was reported that a pickup had struck a light pole and the driver was slumped over the steering wheel.  The 62-year-old Anacortes driver was breathing but initially unresponsive the officer.  The man also smelled strongly of alcohol.  The man then woke up and shifted the pickup into neutral which caused it to start to roll backwards.  The officer repeatedly told the man to put the brake on before the officer finally reached inside and activated the emergency brake.  The man had slurred speech, watery eyes, and provided a portable breath test over three times the legal limit.  The man was placed under arrest and transported to the hospital where he consented to a blood draw.  The man admitted he had been drinking and charges for DUI are pending.

June 22

A 23-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested for DUI after he was stopped driving a utility van in a church parking lot near Saint Mary’s Drive.  Witnesses and an officer had seen the vehicle swerving in its’ lane of travel and almost hit a parked car.  The man said that he had been working at a carnival at the church, and he displayed several effects of drinking alcohol.  He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.  He was cited and released after providing two breath samples that were approximately three times the legal limit. 

June 23

A 17-year-old Anacortes boy was contacted after the car he was driving went off the roadway and crashed into an embankment near W. 3rd Street and Alaska Avenue.  The teen had slurred speech and poor balance when he exited the car.  The boy’s mother arrived and told the officer that the boy should not have driving her car.  The officer could smell alcohol and the boy said he had drunk two beers.  The boy provided a portable breath sample over three times the legal adult limit and he was arrested for drunk driving.  He was referred for DUI and released to his mother.  

A resident in the 1300 block of O Avenue reported that someone had thrown a rock a broke her son’s bedroom window the previous night.  Damage to the window was estimated at $300.

A 13-year-old Anacortes girl was referred to juvenile court for assault after allegedly punching and kicking her mother after the two had argued over the girl’s disrespectful attitude.  A neighbor woman helped to subdue the girl until police arrived.  The girl was also reported to be getting counseling help. 

Two vehicles for sale at a business in the 12000 block of Reservation Road had windows broken out and one of the vehicles was reported to be missing a stereo face plate.  The value of the theft and damage was estimated at $500.

The owner of a business in the 12000 block of Reservation Road reported that someone had entered an open shop area, pried open a wooden box, and stole four full five-gallon gas cans.  The estimated loss was $120.

A 23-year-old Mount Vernon man was booked into jail for investigation of being in possession of a stolen vehicle in the area of Saint Mary’s Drive.  The man had been arrested for DUI the previous day while driving a utility van owned by a resident of Hillcrest Drive.  The vehicle owner later reported the van stolen after he discovered it missing from in front of his house.  The owner did not know the man who took the van.  The suspect claimed that a man he had just met “gave” him the keys to the van and that he was driving to buy beer when he was stopped and arrested for DUI the previous day.  The van was later recovered a few blocks from the victim’s house. 

A 39-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her home in the 4700 block of Yorkshire Drive.  The man had arrived at the house and argued with his ex about getting the remainder of his property.  The woman alleged that the man pushed her and she had a visible bruise to her torso.  The man was contacted driving away from the residence and he was booked into jail fro domestic violence assault.  He was also cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

A woman reported finding a bag of white powder hidden in her teenaged daughter’s bedroom and believed it was possibly drugs.  The powder was tested but showed no indication of being an illegal substance.           

June 24

A resident of the 5500 block of Sugarloaf Street reported the theft of numerous antique coins from inside of a safe in her house.  The safe appeared to have been pried open.  The victim provided possible suspect information and the matter is under investigation. 

A 50-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a residence in the 500 block of 35th Street.  The couple had reportedly argued over the man drinking after several months of sobriety.  The woman claimed her boyfriend had “pushed her around” and injured her cheek.  The woman had a visible welt to her face.  The man was booked into jail for domestic violence assault. 

A 23-year-old Whidbey Island driver sideswiped the center median on Commercial Avenue near State Route 20 after swerving to avoid an animal.  Neither the driver nor the animal were injured, but the car sustained over $750 in damage. 

June 25

An 8-year-old Anacortes girl received cuts to her head, hands, and knees after the bike she was riding collided with a car driven by a 64-year-old Anacortes woman.  The girl had been riding her bike on the sidewalk on R Avenue and entered the intersection at 28th Street without stopping, causing her to run into the side of a car that was making a left turn onto 28th Street.  The girl was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

A woman reported a $300.00 wake board was stolen from a storage shed in the 3700 block of Portage Lane in the past few weeks after she discovered a lock had been cut off of the shed. 

A 25-year-old Seattle man was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe were found inside of his car during a secondary vehicle search by Border Patrol agents at the Washington State Ferry terminal.  The man admitted the items were his, and he was cited and released. 

June 26

Three teenaged boys were contacted while walking in the 1900 block of 11th Street approximately 3:05 AM.  One of the teens appeared to be holding something to his chest under his clothing.  When the officer asked the teen what he was holding, the 17-year-old boy said “you caught me” and pulled out three unopened cans of beer.  The teen had glassy eyes and provided a breath test that showed he had been drinking.  He claimed he had found the beer on the sidewalk.  The other two boys provided breath samples that showed they had not been drinking and were allowed to walk home.  It was discovered that the teen with the beer also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  He was booked into Juvenile Detention on the warrant and referred for being a minor in possession/consumption of alcohol. 

An Ashland, Oregon man reported that someone had gotten into his unlocked car in the 1500 block of 11th Street and stole a cell phone and a digital camera.  The items were valued at approximately $600.00.    

A woman reported that someone had entered two of her cars in the 1400 block of 11th Street through unlocked doors.  The thief stole the woman’s purse that contained her wallet, credit cards, and keys.  The woman’s empty purse was found about a half a block away. 

A man reported a large bull in the roadway near 32nd Street and D Avenue.  The bull reportedly had part of the fence it broke through caught in its horns.  The bull was returned to its pasture. 

An employee of a local medical facility reported the theft of small amounts of cash from money boxes used at the facility that were kept in an office in a drawer.  The incident is under investigation.

A man in the 1100 block of 28th Street reported that his 33 year old wife was “freaking out” and hitting herself about the head and face.  The man said that his wife’s behavior was possibly the result of a medical issue and/or drug usage.  The man said that his wife had scratched him on his head when he tried to restrain her from hitting herself, and he did have fresh scratches to the top of his head.  The woman was contacted in the 3900 block of R Avenue and she admitted to using drugs earlier in the day, but that she only scratched her husband while she was trying to defend herself from him.  The woman was placed under arrest for domestic violence assault and seated in the back of a patrol car.  When the woman found out she was going to jail, she intentionally slammed her head several times into the patrol cars’ seat divider which caused a cut to her forehead.  The woman was taken to the emergency room where she was treated and found to be fit for jail.  She was then booked into the county jail.    

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