Sus­pi­cious pack­age left at Chase Bank branch

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

The fear of a pos­si­ble bomb in an unat­tended pack­age left at Chase Bank’s down­town branch shortly be­fore 5 p.m. Mon­day closed two blocks of West Cen­ter Street to traf­fic and brought out bomb squads from Man­teca and the San Joaquin County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The box mea­sur­ing some 12 by 40 inches had been left just inside and to the left of the door to the bank lobby en­ter­ing off of the north park­ing lot by a man said to be be­tween 25 and 35 years old. Pa­trol units cor­doned off the area to traf­fic with of­fi­cers on North Maple Av­enue and at Main Street and just to the east of the Man­teca Li­brary in an effort to pro­tect the pub­lic from a po­ten­tial ex­plo­sion.

Of­fi­cers said they were es­pe­cially cau­tious be­cause of the two pack­ages that ex­ploded in Texas com­mu­ni­ties this week – pack­ages that had been left on the porches

of homes by un­known per­sons. Po­lice vol­un­teers kept flare pat­terns lit across Cen­ter Street as it was get­ting dark.

Once both teams were formed in the al­ley way north of the Post Of­fice, a ro­bot was used to carry the box into the bank park­ing lot where a small ex­plo­sive was used to de­stroy the box that of­fi­cers said held only a T-shirt and some books. The ex­plo­sion could be heard for more than a block away as the squad an­nounced an all clear re­port.

The street was closed for about an hour and a half when of­fi­cers re­opened the street.

GLENN KAHL/ The Bul­letin

Man­teca Po­lice Sgt. Lance Casqueiro and Of­fi­cer Daniel Skrim­ager wrap up their in­ves­ti­ga­tion Mon­day evening into a pos­si­ble bomb left in the Chase Bank on Cen­ter Street .

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