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City police clarify theft at ANwSU office

VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel updated on Friday a Vergennes police log item published in the Addison Independent on Thursday, stating that his department no longer believes that funds were embezzled late last month from the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union.
The department began an investigation on March 24 into an amount of $10,000 or slightly more that was reported missing, Merkel said, and last week learned that a source outside the office was responsible for the missing funds.
“Through the investigation we determined the money that was inappropriately used was not taken by an employee of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union,” Merkel said.
Other than clearing ANwSU workers, however, Merkel said he was still not at liberty to discuss other details of what he is now calling a theft, rather than embezzlement.
“I cannot put out who or what we are looking at,” he said.

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