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BPS: Suspicious package was not an explosive device

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 17:18:57-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — We now have a clearer picture of what was inside the suspicious package found at the Decatur County Courthouse on Thursday.

We met with Bainbridge Public Safety officials Friday morning who said that the package found inside of the mailbox did indeed look suspicious before the controlled detonation.

The item found inside the mailbox contained pieces of plastic and wire that stuck out. While collecting the evidence, BPS officers determined that the suspicious item was not an explosive.

What they did notice was adhesive on some of the pieces, leading investigators to believe that someone was using the device to try to remove mail from the mailbox. A similar device appeared somewhere else in the city earlier in the day.

"At one of the local banks where persons had attempted to fish deposits out of the bank drop," said Frank Green, Deputy Director with Bainbridge Public Safety. "Being able to actually look at it and examine it and render it safe, we believe it's connected incidents."

Investigators are looking at security camera footage, but are encouraging the public to speak up if they saw something suspicious.

It's always good to stay aware of your surroundings. If something seems suspicious to you, it's imperative that you report it to law enforcement.