A suspicious package was found Monday morning at 40th Street and Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee Foothills, prompting police to cordon off a portion of a parking lot and closing a nearby Dollar Tree store.
The box was found along a wall on the side of Trios restaurant around 11:30 a.m., Phoenix police Lt. David Laslavic said.
Police roped tape along the parking lot in front of the restaurant and neighboring businesses as they waited for the bomb squad to arrive to investigate the package, which was determined not to be a threat. But the police did the right thing by waiting for others to arrive, said Sgt. Chuck Mount, who was part of the bomb squad.
"This really wasn't a big deal, but I think it was a smart call," Mount said.
A nearby Dollar Tree closed because of its proximity to the package. The store's manager was unable to provide any additional comments.
Ellie Crystal, who was shopping at the nearby Safeway, said she wasn't very worried about the package.
"I guess it's a little concerning because they're taking it so seriously," Crystal said.
Josh Snyder is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. He is a senior at Arizona State University.