Old ignition devices cause bomb scare at police station

Old ignition devices cause bomb scare at police station
Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 2:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 at 5:55 PM EDT
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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Parts of old industrial ignition devices caused a bomb scare Tuesday morning at the Midlothian police station on North Providence Road.

A Chesterfield police officer gathered the items while investigating a theft from vehicles in the Foxberry neighborhood. Police say the officer found a bag on the ground with wires, electrical tape, pipes and a clicker inside.

The items were placed in an evidence locker at Midlothian Station between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Tuesday. After supervisors reviewed reports, the Virginia State Police bomb squad was called "in an abundance of caution" to investigate the material, as some of the items were believed to be part of an explosive device.

While there was no immediate threat to the station, it was evacuated.

"It's kind of scary," said one neighbor in Foxberry. "You find a random bag on the side of the road in your neighborhood, and it's bomb-making material. That's nerve-wracking."

The bag was determined to be harmless, but it was found in an area where neighbors continue to warn each other about people stealing from cars.

"I posted on the Next Door app, and a lot of people in the neighborhood - not just on this street, but streets over - had mentioned that they had been affected as well," one homeowner explained.

A family on Rasper Court says they left one of their cars unlocked overnight and two locked, but two of the cars had been rummaged through. They were surprised that nearly $500 worth of fishing materials in the back of a truck had not be stolen.

After posting in the Next Door app and talking to neighbors, they found almost a dozen families had been targeted by thieves throughout the Foxberry community.

"I feel like maybe we should band together. Maybe do some neighborhood watch," the neighbor said.

Chesterfield police say the bag was found in the area of Foxberry Drive and South Cropper Court. The owner of the bag was eventually located.

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