Food donation mistaken as suspicious package at post office

Food donation mistaken as suspicious package at post office

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YOUNGTOWN, Ariz. -

A campaign by the post office to fight hunger may have accidentally led to a bomb scare in Youngtown.

Someone thought they spotted a suspicious package at the post office near 111th Avenue and Peoria.

The discovery was made around 11:20 a.m. on Sunday.

Maricopa County Sheriff's office says what probably happened is that somebody who was trying to help out a good cause unknowingly created cause for alarm.

"Customer stopped in and he said there was a suspicious package in the post office. He took off. I decided to go down and take a look," said Larry Naccarato.

Naccarato says the package was located inside an area where people check their P.O. boxes. The package was a large brown grocery bag that folded down a few times.

"It was probably looks like two shoe boxes together inside the bag and it was kind of right by the employees entrance so I just figured...let's call the right people," said Naccarato.

MCSO deputies arrived shortly after the 911 call was made and the bomb squad followed.

A portion of the parking lot was taped off.

Employees who work at the center say the Youngtown Cafe closed early as a precaution.

"They arrived on scene, the bomb technicians x-rayed the package, they looked in it, it was found to be donation canned food items," said MCSO spokesperson Joaquin Enriquez.

Enriquez believes the package was a donation  for Stamp Out Hunger Day, a drive held by the USPS on Saturday, in which postal carriers collected canned goods for those in need.

Even though it turned out to be nothing serious, Enriquez still encourages valley residents to be vigilant.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's office takes every call like this serious, in lieu of what's been going on, all the bomb threats, Sheriff Arpaio getting a bomb sent to him, we take this very serious," said Enriquez.  

MCSO says it's best to call if you see something out of place.

It's better to let them check things out, but they also suggest labeling donations before you drop them off.


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