Safeway bomb threat spurs evacuation
August 4, 2004
Truckee Police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of Safeway for eight hours on Tuesday night and mobilized town police, the California Highway Patrol and the Placer County Sheriff’s bomb squad.The suspect, who the police located with help from witnesses who overheard his phone conversation, was cited and released to his parents, according to police.Safeway Assistant Manager Steve McCann decided to evacuate the store at approximately 6 p.m. after an anonymous phone call to the store said there was a bomb in the seafood department. McCann, who inspected the department, found an out-of-place package that led him to call for the evacuation. There were 25 to 30 employees in the store and about 60 customers who had to evacuate.”The package just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” McCann said. “The way that it was wrapped just seemed suspicious to me.”A K-9 unit, an x-ray specialist and a remote-controlled robot were all part of the effort to locate and extract the mysterious package that was determined later to be three salmon fillets from Safeway, McCann said.The investigation ended around 1 a.m. and Safeway, which operates 24-hours a day, re-opened about an hour afterwards. Police officials said they are investigating possible suspects.See Friday’s Sierra Sun for more coverage of this story.