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Unattended package safe, but bomb threat evacuates Fifth Third Bank

TAMPA — Officers are investigating an unattended package found by a woman bicycling to the gym Tuesday morning, police said.

The woman noticed a brown, wrapped box sitting under a U.S. Postal Service mail box at Santiago Street W and Dale Mabry Highway. About 45 minutes later, she noticed the package was still under the mail box and called 911.

An officer arrived at the scene and inspected the package. It was addressed to the Tampa Bay Times but had no return address or postage. A bomb-sniffing dog detected a suspicious scent. Police then called in the region's bomb team, which includes investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The team determined the package only contained trash.

In an unrelated case, police also investigated a bomb threat at the Fifth Third Bank at 201 Kennedy Blvd. Authorities evacuated the bank and the bomb team headed in about noon to investigate, but it proved to be a false alarm.

Unattended package safe, but bomb threat evacuates Fifth Third Bank 04/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:19pm]
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