Saturday, July 4, 2020

Bomb scare turns into a dud

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The Chatham-Kent police continue to investigate the report of a suspicious package in Chatham last night.

Around 7:00 p.m. police received a 911 call from an unknown man at a payphone in the Nortown Plaza area. The man reported that someone had just placed a suspicious package in the mailbox in front of Shopper’s Drug Mart. The man hung up the phone before the call taker could obtain any further information.

Officers flooded the area and secured two Canada Post mail boxes. All stores in the immediate area and parking lot were evacuated as a precaution.

At 11:30 p.m. members of the OPP Explosives Disposal Unit arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. Shortly after 1:00 a.m. it was confirmed that nothing of concern was inside either mailbox.

Police are looking to identify the male who reported the suspicious package. Anyone with information is urged to contact Constable Lori Timpson of the Major Crime Unit at 519-436-6600 extension #267. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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