Police Beat

A weekly roundup prepared by the Anacortes Police Department. 


September 12

School officials smelled alcohol on a 16-year-old student who was attempting to enter a high school dance.  An officer spoke with the boy and also smelled alcohol, although the boy tried to claim that the smell was because he had been around his older brother who had been drinking.  The boy provided a voluntary breath test that showed he had been drinking although he continued to deny he had drank any alcohol.  The boy was referred to juvenile court for underage drinking and it was later learned that he did not have an older brother. 

September 13

An officer stopped a vehicle in the 2100 block of R Avenue for speeding.  The driver was identified as a 52-year-old Portland, Oregon woman who said that she late for a wedding. The woman opened her glovebox looking for her insurance information and the officer observed a pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke marijuana.  The pipe smelled of burnt marijuana and the woman was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.  The woman admitted to using the pipe for personal marijuana smoking and expressed her belief that it “wasn’t a big issue.”  She was cited and released. 

A 44-year-old Anacortes was arrested for violating a no-contact order after he allegedly had contact with his wife at a friend’s house in the 3700 block of M Avenue.  The man denied that his wife had been at the house, but his friends confirmed that the woman had been at the house, but had left just prior to officer contact.  The man was booked into jail for violation of a no-contact order and providing a false statement after he provided a written statement saying he had not been with his wife. 

A Mount Vernon man and his 16-year-old daughter were contacted in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue after it was reported that they involved in a physical domestic disturbance.  It was learned that the man had been looking for his daughter and that when he found her she had refused to get into the car to go home.  Both parties agreed that the father had grabbed the girl by the arm to get her into the car, but that no assault had occurred.  They were advised to work on better methods of resolving their disagreements. 

September 14

A vehicle driven by a 59-year-old Anacortes man eastbound on 34th Street was struck by a car driven by an 85-year-old Anacortes woman that was northbound on R Avenue.  The man had stopped for the stop sign but had tried to hurry across the intersection in front of the woman’s car that had the right of way.  The woman and her 80-, 87-, and 91-year-old passengers suffered a variety of possible injuries including back, shoulder, neck, and chest pain.  The male driver also suffered a possible chest injury.  He was cited for failure to yield the right of way. 

Officers arrested a 69-year-old Mount Vernon transient in the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue for having two warrants for his arrest out of Mount Vernon for previous criminal trespass charges.  He was booked into the county jail. 

September 15

A 35-year-old Anacortes woman was cited for following too closely after the car she was driving failed to stop for traffic in front of her that had stopped for the light at the intersection of 12th Street and D Avenue.  The woman’s car struck the car in front of her and pushed that car into the next vehicle in line.  There were no injuries. 

A woman spoke with police about concern she had for her 98-year-old grandmother who had been contacted by a suspicious man at her home on 34th Street.  The unknown man had arrived at the grandmother’s door and offered to refurbish her driveway, but she had informed him the price was too high.  The man said that he then had some old sealer that was still good and he lowered his price.  The man then asked to come inside of the house to use the bathroom, but the grandmother refused.  The man then left.  The woman and her family were asked to call the police if the man returned.    

A Bellingham man reported that someone had thrown a fist sized rock through the rear window of his Ford Explorer while it had been parked at a job site in the 100 block of 5th Street.  Repair cost was estimated at approximately $300.  Nothing inside of the vehicle appeared to have been stolen.     

A 22-year-old Anacortes woman reported that she had argued with her live-in boyfriend at their residence in the 900 block of 35th Street over a child they have in common.  The woman said that she tried to stop the man from leaving the house with their child, which allegedly resulted in him pulling her hair.  The woman said that she was able to pull away from the man but that he then left.  The woman had no idea where the man might go and was asked to call the police if he returned. 

September 16

A resident of the 2100 block of O Avenue reported that someone had used silver paint to paint new graffiti over old graffiti that had been painted on the side of his business/home in the past month.  The original graffiti was consistent with other graffiti in the area.  Clean up cost was estimated at $200. 

A 27-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested in the 1100 block of 24th Street for having five warrants for her arrest out of Anacortes and Burlington.  She was turned over to a Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy for booking into jail. 

A 15-year-old Anacortes boy was contacted at the high school office area regarding him being a signed juvenile runaway.  It was also learned that the boy had a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear at a youth at risk hearing.  The boy was booked into juvenile detention on the warrant. 

The mother of a 27-year-old Anacortes woman contacted police after she observed that her daughter had a black eye and a swollen lip.  The mother believed that her daughter’s 22-year-old boyfriend had probably assaulted her.  The daughter refused to give her mother any information.  The boyfriend also would not provide the mother with any details other than saying they had an argument.  An officer spoke with the daughter and observed the swollen lip, but she would not answer any questions and only said “nothing happened.”  Police contact with the boyfriend is pending. 

September 17

A vendor of a local farmer’s market reported that an unknown woman had used a credit card to purchase a bowl from her for $45.  The vendor later learned from her bank that the credit card was no good.  The vendor provided the officer a description of the woman.  The vendor later called the officer and reported that the woman had contacted the vendor and provided her with a good credit card after apologizing for the initial transaction.  The same vendor also reported that approximately three weeks earlier someone had stolen approximately $150 from her cash box while she had been distracted at her stand. 

An Anacortes woman reported the theft of her purse from her unlocked vehicle that had been parked in front of her residence in the 3300 block of Field Avenue.  Her purse contained her driver’s license, credit cards, and approximately $50 in cash.  The victim later learned that the thief had used her credit card twice at a local convenience store to purchase gas.  The victim cancelled her credit cards and the matter is under investigation. 

An Anacortes woman reported that someone had broken out a driver’s side window on her car and stolen her backpack and a three ring binder from inside of the vehicle.  The car had been parked at the base of Mount Erie while the woman went for a hike.  Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $400.

September 18

A couple residing in a home in the 3700 block of Commercial Avenue reported that someone had entered their house through an unlocked door that had been left open for air circulation and stole the woman’s purse from the kitchen counter.  The purse contained the woman’s driver’s license and credit cards.  A backpack containing the husband’s work identification and work clothing was also stolen.  The man also reported that two pick-up trucks on the property had also been entered and the interiors rummaged through.  Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicles though.  The victims cancelled the credit cards.                

An officer contacted a 16-year-old boy and his father at Anacortes High School after it was reported that that the 15-year-old step-brother of the boy had attacked him at the school.  The 16-year-old had visible scratches on his arm that he said were the result of being assaulted.  The officer then went to the family home in the 1400 block of 13th Street where she talked to the 15-year-old and the mother.  The officer also spoke other family members about alternatives to physical violence.  Minutes after the officer left the house, she was dispatched back because of the report that the 15-year-old had attacked his mother.  The 15-year-old had allegedly cursed at his parents, threw things around the house, and physically pushed both of his parents.  He also was reported to have thrown a chair and broke a window sill before leaving the house on his bicycle.  Officers located the boy riding his bike a few blocks away and the boy repeatedly turned his bike away from officers.  The boy was finally corralled near the back of a business.  He was arrested for three counts of domestic violence assault and malicious mischief and booked into juvenile detention. 

A 32-year-old Anacortes woman was cited for failure to yield the right of way after she stopped at a stop sign on 26th Street and then pulled out in front of a motorcycle driven by a 23-year-old Anacortes man that was traveling on Q Avenue.  The motorcycle struck the side of the woman’s car.  The man did not have a valid driver’s license or a motorcycle endorsement.  He was cited and released for driving with a suspended driver’s license and failure to have the endorsement.  He was not seriously injured. 

A man living on Kingsway reported that his wife had possibly overdosed on prescription pills and then left the house driving a van.  The van was located traveling on Oakes Avenue but the vehicle refused to stop for the officer until turning onto Jackson Avenue.  The driver was identified as the man’s 57-year-old wife but she was uncooperative in answering the officer’s and paramedics questions.  She would not say if she had taken any pills.  The husband confirmed he had seen his wife take the pills and it was determined that she would be taken to the hospital for treatment.  The woman refused to get out of the car and she physically resisted the efforts of the officers to remove her from the car and fought with officers to keep from being put in a police car.  She was eventually taken to the local emergency room for treatment.

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