Police Beat

anacortes_police_logo.pngThree boats being stored for the winter were burglarized last week, with all three owners reporting a range of items stolen, including wide-screen TVs. 

Three boats being stored for the winter were burglarized last week, with all three owners reporting a range of items stolen, including wide-screen TVs. 

A boat stored at a marine repair facility in the 3200 block of T Avenue had a salon door forced open and several items stolen from its’ interior.  Missing was a flat screen television, a VCR, assorted hand tools, an electric drill, ten Wii games, and miscellaneous fittings.  Value of the stolen items had yet to be provided by the boat owner. 

The owner of a 58-foot-motor yacht also reported his boat had been prowled while it was inside of a fully fenced marine repair yard in the 3200 block of T Avenue.  A sliding door had been pried open and the interior of the yacht ransacked.  Discovered stolen were two flat screen televisions, two DVD players, and two DSS television satellite modules.  The interior wood of the yacht also received numerous scratches and scuffs.  The value of the missing items was unknown at this time.

A third boat, a 61-foot-motor yacht, was also reported to have been illegally entered while at a boat repair yard in the 3200 block of T Avenue.  Pry marks were found on a salon door, but on initial inspection nothing appeared to be missing from inside.

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

Nov. 28

The City Prosecutor is reviewing possible charges against a 22-yearold Anacortes man for flashing red and blue lights at a car he was following in the 1300 block of 41st Street.  The followed driver believed it had been a police car behind him and he pulled over, but was able to obtain the license number when he realized it was not a police car and the car passed by.  The man was contacted and admitted he had been using a flashlight with colored lights to flash the other car and that he knew it had been wrong.  The man said that he had recognized the other driver as his friend and had just been playing a joke, but he admitted his friend might not have known it was a joke because he was driving someone else’s car. 

A 30-year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody in the 1200 block of 35th Street on an outstanding warrant for burglary out of Island County.  He was turned over to an Island County Sheriff’s Office Deputy at the Deception Pass bridge. 

A Fidalgo Bay Road resident reported the theft of two bicycles from their RV site.  The officer realized that both bikes had been taken in as found property earlier in the day from two different Anacortes locations.  The bikes were later returned to the owner after he made positive identification. 

Nov. 29

A laptop computer valued at $800 was reported to have been stolen from inside of an apartment in the 900 block of 22nd Street.  The victim said that she had been away from home for the evening and that the unknown thief must have entered the apartment through an unlocked sliding door.  The victim said that she was sure she had locked the front door, but that she had discovered it was ajar when she returned home. 

A 19-year-old Anacortes woman was contacted near Oakes Avenue and Anacopper Road after it was reported that she walking into traffic while carrying a small dog.  The woman was swaying on her feet, smelled of intoxicants, and appeared to be intoxicated.  The woman denied having been drinking. She was placed under arrest for underage drinking at which time she began to yell at the officer.  While the officer was driving the woman home, she slammed her body into the car door and slammed her head against the window.  When the officer opened the door to calm the woman, she kicked at the officer and lowered her head and tried to push by him.  The woman’s family was not home and she continued to swear at officers and slam her head and body into the car.  It was determined that the woman was unable to care for herself at the time, so she was transported to the hospital for evaluation.  She was issued a citation for MIP after her family was made aware of the situation.  While at the hospital, the woman tried to bite and spit on officers and the medical staff. 

An Anacortes woman reported that she had accidentally left her purse outside of a business in the 500 block of Commercial Avenue when she stepped outside to have a cigarette.  When she went back outside to check on her purse, she discovered it had been stolen.  The purse contained her ID, a cell phone, and $10 in cash. 

Nov. 30

An officer stopped a car for weaving over the fog line on Oakes Avenue and almost driving off the roadway.  The driver was identified as a 33-year-old Anacortes woman who smelled strongly of intoxicants.  The woman said that her license was in the trunk and she repeatedly lost her balance while checking the trunk before finally realizing the wallet was in her pant pocket.  The woman said that she had “three drinks” and she performed poorly on filed sobriety tests including repeatedly grabbing the patrol car side mirror to maintain her balance.  The woman was arrested and processed for drunk driving.  She provided two breath samples that were approximately twice the legal limit. 

A maintenance worker discovered a broken window to an apartment in the 800 block of 29th Street.  The renter was not home at the time, but later he reported that he was missing a desktop computer, monitor, and other accessories valued at approximately $800. 

Residents of a home in the 3100 block of K Avenue discovered that someone had burglarized their house while they were away for the evening.  The residents found a misplaced house plant and spilled dirt and discovered that some one had entered their house through an unlocked window.  In checking further, they discovered that they were missing several rolls of state quarters and other coins. 

A clergyman from a church in the 4000 block of Saint Mary’s Drive reported that a synthesizer keyboard valued at $500, an amplifier, and a computer valued at $1000 were stolen from an unlocked office and recreational building on the church property.  The theft was believed to have occurred during the timeframe of a morning church service.   

A resident of the 4000 block of Broadview Drive reported that she believed her former roommate had stolen several items from her house.  The victim reported that she had returned home after being away overnight and discovered that she was missing a flat screen television, a lap top computer, a barbecue grill, and some expensive jewelry.  Total value of the stolen items was estimated at over $8000.  The victim said that she had phoned the former roommate who was now living in Oregon, and was told that she could “kiss her belongings goodbye.”  Police contact with the roommate is pending. 

Relatives of a 62-year-old man checked his home in the 1300 block of 7th Street after not hearing from the man for a day.  The man was found deceased inside of the house and it was learned that he had been in state of declining health.  Initial investigation appeared that the death was from natural causes. 

A 24-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for violating a no-contact order after his ex-girlfriend called police to report that the man was knocking on her apartment door in the 1100 block of 24th Street.  A domestic violence protection order barred the man from contacting the woman or coming within 100 feet of her residence.  The man was contacted near a neighboring apartment and he confirmed he had knocked on the door because he had wanted the woman to “make him a sandwich.”  The man was booked into jail after expressing his opinion that he shouldn’t be arrested for asking for a sandwich. 

Dec. 1

A man reported hearing a tapping sound outside of his house in the 1600 block of 8th Street near his daughter’s bedroom window.  The man went outside to investigate and found a younger man standing in the bushes near the front door.  When confronted, the stranger said he was at the wrong house and fled on foot.  Officers checked the area for the stranger but were unable to locate him. 

A woman living in the 1800 block of K Avenue reported that someone had broken out the passenger side window to her car during the night.  The woman said that she had thought she had heard a noise earlier in the night outside of her house, but had not checked at that time.  Damage to the window was estimated at $250.

A woman reported the theft of a digital camera from her residence in the 4900 block of Dundee Drive.  The woman said that she had hosted a party at her house which was attended by several of her friends, but also several people she did not know.  The woman said that she saw an unknown person pick up the camera and set it down, and that later she discovered the camera was missing.  The matter is under investigation.

Detectives are investigating the report of sexual abuse to a seven year old boy.  The investigation is ongoing.    

A client of a business in the 1600 block of R Avenue reported that his wallet had been stolen. The man had left the wallet in his pant pocket in a locker in the locker room.  Missing with the wallet were the man’s identification, credit cards, and $26 in cash. 

A resident of the 1400 block of 22nd Street reported that someone had stolen a sixteen foot telescoping flagpole and a 3-foot by five-foot American flag from his front yard.  The loss was estimated at $85.

An officer stopped a car in the 1000 block of 20th Street for having a burned out headlight.  The occupants of the car were an 18 year old Anacortes woman and a 19 year old Anacortes woman.  The officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana from inside of the car and one woman handed over an empty jar that she claimed had contained marijuana.  The officer also located two bottles of wine and a bottle of beer in the car.  The woman admitted that they had asked random people at a grocery store to buy them the wine until someone actually consented.  Both women were cited and released for illegal possession of alcohol.                             

Dec. 2

A Seattle man reported the theft of a dinghy, an outboard motor, a set of oars, a custom made bench seat, and gas cans from a 40 foot boat that was moored at a marina in the 1000 block of Q Avenue.  The dinghy and other items had been stolen from the main boat approximately four months prior but not reported to the police at that time.  The loss was estimated at $6000.

A resident of the 1900 block of 24th street reported that someone had entered his unlocked Honda Accord during the night and stolen a dash mounted GPS unit valued at $200.

A 42-year-old Anacortes man was reported as a missing person after he had missed appointments in the past month with his counselor and probation officer.  Officers checked the man’s home in the 800 block of Commercial Avenue but found no sign of the man although it appeared his belongings were intact.  The man’s family also had not seen or heard from him in the past month.  The man’s blue 1981 Ford pickup was also missing. 

A 44-year-old Spokane man was suspected of stealing a pad of prescription forms from a medical facility in the 1200 block of 24th Street.  The man allegedly forged prescriptions at pharmacies in Mount Vernon and Burlington for pain pills.  The doctor who’s name was on the prescription confirmed that he had not written the prescriptions.  Efforts to locate the suspect are ongoing.

Dec. 3

Unknown vandals reportedly damaged several mailboxes and mailbox posts in the 1500 block of 15th Street. 

The janitor of a church in the 1200 block of M Avenue reported discovering that someone had broken a double pane window to a meeting room and also smashed the glass to a patio table top outside of the church.  The damage was believed to have occurred during the night and was estimated at $350.    

A thrift shop in the 1100 block of 3rd Street was entered illegally after closing time, but it was unknown if anything was actually stolen.  An employee who arrived for work in the morning found two doors unlocked that she was sure had been locked at closing the previous day.  There was no sign of forced entry and it appeared that someone had rifled through the interior of the business looking for valuables.  It also appeared that the unknown thief had filled several garbage bags with merchandise but had then left them behind in the business. 

A 78-year-old Anacortes man reported that he had been driving in the 1200 block of L Avenue two days earlier and had struck a parked cars driver’s door mirror with the mirror of his vehicle.  The man said that he did not stop and that he did not know if he caused any damage to the other vehicle.  The man said that it had bothered him that he hadn’t stopped and he wanted the police to be aware.  A check showed no record of anyone reporting damage to their car during that time. 

An Anacortes woman reported that she had received a letter from a 39-year-old Conway man was who was currently at a treatment center in Buena, Washington.  A court order existed that barred the man from having any contact with the woman.  An officer called the treatment center, but the staff was unable to confirm or deny that the man was a patient.  The man was issued a court summons for violating the court order. 

Police are looking for a 35-year-old Anacortes man who allegedly assaulted his estranged wife at a house in the 800 block of 27th Street.  The woman reported that she had argued with the man on the phone and that he then arrived at her friend’s house where she had been staying.  The woman said that the man had knocked on the door and that when no one answered he had just walked into the house.  The woman reported that the argument started again and that the man pushed her down onto a chair.  The woman said that she had not been injured.  The man then left the area of foot. 

Dec. 4

Officers responded to the report of a fight in the 3000 block of Commercial Avenue.  They contacted three intoxicated men and learned that they had been arguing about who was going to drive.  The argument was only verbal and they agreed not to drive. 

A man reported that a case of beer had been stolen out of his garage in the 1400 block of 16th Street sometime during the previous night.  The man believed that a possible suspect was a teenaged relative who was aware of the beer case’s location and who had been away from home for a couple of days. Efforts to locate the boy are ongoing. 

Officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 2200 block of Dublin Place involving a couple who had been married over 50 years.  It was learned that the couple had argued about the husband’s desire to have a pantry cleaned out.  The woman reported that the man had “slapped her around” a little and that he had put his hands near her neck.  The woman had visible redness to her cheek.  The man said that he had not touched the woman.  Based upon the woman’s statement and her apparent injury, the 76 year old man was arrested and booked into jail for domestic violence assault.  

Dec. 5

An Anacortes woman reported that she was missing a pendant necklace and two gold rings from her home in the 800 block of 29th Street.  The woman contacted a male friend who had looking at the jewelry a few days earlier and accused him of stealing the items.  The man allegedly admitted to stealing the jewelry and he then returned the pendant minus its’ gold chain.  The man reportedly told the woman that he had pawned the other items, but that he would recover them and return them to her.  The woman said that the man had not returned the items or returned her phone calls.  The investigation is continuing. 

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