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Town utility payment drop box broken into over weekend


October 28, 2020

CHECKING FOR CASH THE HARD WAY – Someone who needed money broke into the Town of La Conner’s utility payment box next to the post office on Washington Avenue over the weekend. If residents followed the rules, there would not have been any cash there. Call Town Hall if your payment went into the box Friday evening or Saturday. – Photo by Ken Stern

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the latest in a string of break-ins, thefts and vandalism coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most recent target was the Town utility drop box on Washington Street near the post office. It was forcibly pried open last weekend.

“Customer utility payments appear to have been stolen,” Town Finance Director Maria DeGoede said in an email issued on Monday.

“It was pried open and was empty inside,” confirmed Town Public Works Director Brian Lease.

Town officials learned of the break-in Sunday morning.

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