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Suspicious package at post office was a clock radio

Wire • Apr 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

A “suspicious package” at an area post office that caused the Butler County Bomb Squad to be deployed and closed down a busy West Chester Twp. road on Easter Sunday was actually a clock radio.

A customer at the United States Post Office on Cincinnati-Dayton Road found the package at about 7:45 a.m. It was wrapped in a black trash bag and was making a beeping sound, according to West Chester police and Specialist Mike Grimes, commander of the county bomb squad.

“It was a digital clock radio. It wasn’t plugged in, but it had backup batteries that were causing it to beep,” Grimes said.

Further investigation determined an 81-year-old man who could not get the radio to stop beeping left it at the post office.

“He thought if someone found it and wanted it they could have it,” Grimes said.

The problem is, Grimes added, leaving things in a public location just can not be done in this day and age.

“Please refrain from doing things like that,” Grimes said.

The bomb squad was on the scene for about two hours and the road was closed for about 45 minutes. Grimes said there was no malicious intent, so as far as police are concerned, no charges will be filed.


By Lauren Pack - Hamilton JournalNews, Ohio (MCT)

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