Police give all clear after investigating suspicious package in Fircrest

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

A police dog and bomb experts investigated a suspicious package found Monday outside a Fircrest business complex.

About 6 p.m., someone left a package between cars in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Regents Boulevard and walked away, Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman said.

As part of their investigation, police asked if anyone in the area had received threats recently, and one woman said she had, though they weren't specific to what happened Monday, Cheesman said.

That prompted further investigation, including having a police dog check for explosive scents, which weren't found.

Pierce County sheriff's explosive experts then approached the package and found it was empty, Cheesman said about 7:30 p.m.

The chief had initially said officers were going to evacuate the complex, but said they decided to have people stay in the building, and blocked off the parking lot as they investigated.

"We took all the right precautions, I think," Cheesman said.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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