By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
ARLINGTON — For the second time in two weeks, a burglar has caused havoc at the Stillaguamish Senior Center. This time the target was the thrift store, which was broken into over the weekend.
“When the volunteers came Monday, they were just devastated,” thrift store manager Linda Bowman said. “It feels like an invasion. It hurts.”
The thrift store, at 18218 Smokey Point Boulevard, raises money to support the senior center.
Whoever committed the burglary broke in through the front door, which could cost about $3,000 to replace. The damage is not covered by the insurance deductible.
The loot included a laptop, jewelry and about $150. The manager’s office was ransacked.
The burglary likely occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Police got a call shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, Arlington Police Department spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.
The burglary was discovered by a passerby who saw the glass door had been smashed, she said.
Officers found what appeared to be stolen items staged near the door “as if the burglar may have been scared off,” Banfield said.
The break-in through the front door was similar to one at the main Stillaguamish Senior Center building the night of April 20 or morning of April 21.
Nearly $4,000 worth of equipment was stolen, including a big-screen TV, a Nintendo Wii, an electronic piano and a digital camera. Seniors had held fundraisers over the years to buy the equipment.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Arlington police at 360-403-3400.
To donate to the senior center to replace the equipment, call 360-653-4551.