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Town utility payment drop box broken into over weekend

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.

“I was called by a citizen around 7:30 a...


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