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A burglar stole around $8,500 from an Anacortes restaurant last week.

A burglar stole around $8,500 from an Anacortes restaurant last week.

The owner of Gere-a-Deli reported a burglary to the business in which approximately $8,500 in cash, checks, and credit card receipts were stolen from inside of the building.  The owner reported that she had arrived for work and found an exterior door unlocked.  She then checked the interior and discovered the missing money.  She also discovered that a spare key to the business was missing.  The matter is under continued investigation by police detectives. 

Some of the other police cases, as reported by the Anacortes Police Department.

November 21

A former Anacortes man who now lives in Lakeland Florida reported the theft of 38 commercial crab pots from where they were stored near some lockers at a marina in the 1000 block of Q Avenue.  The victim was in the process of selling the pots to another commercial fisherman who was not suspected in the theft.  The total loss of the pots totaled more than $10,000.  The victim did provide the name of a possible suspect and contact with the man is pending. 

A resident of the 3900 block of R Avenue reported that someone had broken into the canopy of his pickup and stolen a VHF radio valued at $180, a handheld GPS unit valued at $180, a set of foul weather gear for sailing valued at $1000, and a pair of $100 rubber boots.  The theft was believed to have occurred several days earlier when the victim discovered the handle to his truck canopy was broken. 

A man and a woman were reported to have been seen arguing outside of the hospital in the 1200 block of 24th Street.  The man was contacted while driving a car a short distance away and the woman was contacted while walking on Commercial Avenue.  Both parties said that they had been having a heated argument, but that no physical assault had occurred.  Both parties were provided with domestic violence victim’s information and allowed to leave. 

November 22

Officers received the report of a possible fight in the 2700 block of R Avenue in which it was reported that a woman had been heard yelling and a beer bottle had been thrown at one of the involved people.  Officers contacted an intoxicated 27-year-old Anacortes man and his friend in front of a house on R Avenue.  The intoxicated man said that an unknown person had been walking by and called he and his friend a derogatory racial name which led to a disagreement with that person.  They denied throwing a beer bottle at the other person.  Officers could not locate the other person involved in the incident and the intoxicated man and his friend were warned about the laws pertaining to being disorderly in public.

The relative of an 18-year-old Anacortes woman called to report that the woman had cut her wrists and flushed her medication down the toilet at their home in the 1000 block of 24th Street.  Officers spoke with the woman who confirmed that she had cut herself with a razor blade and she showed officers numerous superficial cuts on her arm.  The woman reported that she was upset and depressed after arguing with her boyfriend earlier in the day.  The woman was voluntarily transported to the hospital for physical and mental evaluation. 

A Sedro-Woolley man reported that someone had stolen his Ford pickup from where it was parked behind a bar in the 400 block of Commercial Avenue.  The man said that he had left the pickup parked behind the bat overnight, and that when he returned in the morning it was gone.  A computer check showed that the pickup had been impounded by the Washington State Patrol after it had been found abandoned near Bradshaw Road and State Route 536 in the early morning hours.  The man signed a motor vehicle theft report as it was unknown who had stolen the pickup and abandoned it. 

An employee of a business in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue reported a hit and run accident to her 2006 Scion while the car had been parked in the 1000 block of 20th Street.  The victim’s car sustained a broken taillight and body damage around the taillight.  The suspect vehicle is unknown. 

Officers contacted a 21-year-old Guemes Island woman at the emergency room at Island Hospital regarding the woman possibly being assaulted.  The woman said that she had been at a party in the 1000 block of 6th Street when she had been assaulted by another woman that she did not know.  The woman said that while at the party, she had gently tapped a former high school acquaintance on the face to inquire if he remembered her.  The woman said that the other woman then approached her and told her that “nobody messes” with the acquaintance.  The woman said that the other woman then punched her and then got on top of her and began to beat her.  The woman said that the fight was broken up and that she went outside, but that the other woman attacked and punched her again.  Officers later spoke with the renter of the party house who said that the woman at the hospital had been asked to leave the house after “slapping” the male acquaintance.  The renter also said that that the woman at the hospital had punched the other woman first which had caused the fight.  Contact with the second woman is pending and the matter is under continued investigation.           

An officer working a traffic safety emphasis detail attempted to stop a pickup that had been speeding and making unsignaled turns on Thompson Road.  When the officer caught up with the pickup, he found it unoccupied at a house in the 12900 block of Thompson Road.  The officer then contacted a 21-year-old man at the house who admitted that he had been driving the pickup.  The man smelled of intoxicants, his movements were unsteady, and he said that he had a “few beers” earlier with friends.  The man agreed to perform field sobriety tests on which he performed poorly.  The man was placed under arrest and processed for drunk driving.  He provided two breath samples that were significantly over the legal limit.  He was cited for DUI and released to a relative.    

November 23

Unknown vandals caused over $3000 in damage to the Skyline Beach Club cabana on Cabana Lane.  A neighbor had discovered the damage on his morning walk.  Three picnic tables were thrown and broken on the rocks, two large propane tanks were tipped over and their lines snapped from their connection to the building causing propane to leak, sliding door screens were slashed, and at least three sliding windows had been shattered by large thrown rocks.  Other windows were scratched with a sharp instrument and a wooden gate was torn from its’ hinges and was missing.  Nothing appeared to be missing from inside of the building.    

Two neighbors in the 2200 block of H Avenue had the driver’s side mirrors to their pickups shattered by unknown means.  Estimated repair costs were approximately $40 each.        
An officer stopped a car for speeding on State Route 20 near R Avenue.  The driver was identified as an 18-year-old Yakima man who said that he was currently living in Anacortes.  When asked for his registration and insurance information, the driver began to look through a stack of papers.  The driver unfolded one document and the officer could see what appeared to be a moderate amount of loose marijuana folded inside of the paperwork.  When the officer reached for the document with the marijuana, the driver immediately said it was not his and that a friend had left it in the car.  The driver was arrested and cited for possession of marijuana and given an infraction notice for speeding.  He was then released.    

November 24

A resident of the 2400 block of 26th Street reported that she had woken up and saw a man trying to get into a truck parked in her driveway.  The man then entered her car and began rummaging around.  The woman keyed the panic alarm to the car which caused the suspect to jump into an older car and flee the area.  The woman provided a description of the suspect.  Approximately a half an hour later, a Skagit County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the suspect vehicle on State Route 20 near Thompson Road.  A male passenger in the car matched the description of the suspect, and the victim responded to the scene and positively identified the car as the one the suspect had fled in.  The victim had also discovered that she was missing a gate activator for her housing complex from her car.  The suspect was identified as a 33-year-old Mount Vernon man and the driver was identified as a 22-year-old Burlington woman.  Both subjects were booked into jail for investigation of vehicle prowling.        

November 25

The owner of a car rental business in the 900 block of 25th Street reported that a man had rented a Chevy Lumina using a credit card that later was determined to be no good, and that the man had not returned the car by the contracted date.  The owner checked with a business where the man had told her he was going to start working, but learned that the man had not come to work.  The owner had no idea where the car or the man might be located.  The owner signed a motor vehicle theft report for the car.         

An officer contacted a 15-year-old Anacortes girl in the 3400 block of M Avenue and confirmed that she was still listed as a runaway.  It was also learned that the girl had a warrant for her arrest for being an “at risk” juvenile.  The girl was booked into juvenile detention after her family had been informed she had been located.    

November 26

Police are looking for a 46-year-old Anacortes man after receiving a 911 call from an apartment in the 800 block of Commercial Ave.  On investigation a woman who resides in an apartment in that area reported to police that her ex-boyfriend had entered her apartment and slapped her. 

Officers responded to a local establishment in the 400 block of Commercial Ave.  On arrival they were informed that a 27-year -ld Anacortes man had been asked to leave the bar and he and his 59-year-old father had a minor scuffle with the bouncer.  The two had left the bar but officers caught up with them down the street and warned them to stay out of the tavern. 

November 27

Officers arrested a 57-year-old Anacortes woman for DUI for the second time in a week.  911 received multiple calls of a possible DUI driving Westbound on SR 20 from the Casino area.  The white Camaro struck a curb and popped the right front tire.  The vehicle continued driving on the wheel rim.  Officers caught up with the vehicle when it pulled off at the viewpoint.  Containers of alcohol were found in the vehicle.  The woman was arrested and transported to the Police Department for a BAC.

A resident in the 2600 block of View Pl. reported two vehicle tires had been slashed on their vehicle.  It is unknown when the damage occurred and there are no suspects.

A man stealing car parts at a wrecking yard in the 9000 block of Padilla Heights Rd. left with less than he started with.  The owner heard noises in the lot and discovered the suspects pick up filled with car parts from vehicles in the wrecking yard.  Police arrived and located a witness who identified the suspect.   The suspect had fled on foot.  His car was impounded and Officers will serve a search warrant on the vehicle early next week. 

Police were called to the 3800 block of “M” Ave. after a resident reported that a man had been pounding on their front door and yelling for over 10 minutes.  Officers contacted a 28-year-old man who claimed he had been invited over for Thanksgiving.  The resident knew the man but had not invited him over.  Officers discovered the man did have an invitation from Mount Vernon Police who wanted him in connection with a recent burglary in their city.  He was arrested and turned over to MVPD.

A resident in the 2200 block of Meadow Ln. reported a purse was taken from inside her car sometime on 11/26.  The unlocked car was parked in the garage.  Credit cards were among the contents of the purse.  Officers are following up as one of the cards was used to make a charge.  

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

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


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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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