Officials Looking to Identify Price County Burglary Suspect Published on 01/14/2020 under News
Police in Phillips are seeking information on an attempted break-in early yesterday morning.

They said the suspect forced entry into a business at around 4am.The announcement says they are investigating a number of similar burglaries in Price County in recent months to storage buildings and residential out buildings.

Surveillance photos showed the man wearing rubber boots, jeans and a hooded camouflage jacket, and a face mask. The man also appears to be wearing eye glasses in the photograph.

Those with information are asked to contact Phillips Police or the Price County Sheriff's Office.

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Preview: Boy's Basketball Tangles with Phillips
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All Riders Urged To Follow Safety Tips During Snowmobile Safety Week
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Stephenson Wins Third Snowmobile Championship; Van Strydonk 2nd in Final Derby Race
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Report
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