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.

(1) comment

crispybo

Come on Josh, lets try being a bit more of a reporter, the whole point of the article was to to let the community know what was in the box! I saw the 5 or more police cars and the fire trucks and one bigass white Bomb Squad Swat Truck along with the crime tape, it was a big deal for several hours. Lots of man power was sent to investigate this box and for what? An empty cardboard box?

So, if there was no longer a threat (aka no explosives) in the box, what WAS IN THE BOX? What made the box suspicious in the first place? Who called this in? How and why was this "suspicious box" reported to the police in the first place?

You missed a great opportunity to help educate us in the community on the basics on what to look for when we see something suspicious so we don't report a old cardboard box that blew out of some one's recycle bin as a bomb!

If we don't know what to look for, we are going to get paranoid people calling the bomb squad for a plastic bag blown up against a building with trash in it. Help out our fire and police department from having to waste their time to take 2-3 hours to look into what is in a empty box.[rolleyes]

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