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Suspicious Package Leads to Brief Closure of OSP Albany Office
Sergeant Eric Judah
Oregon State Police - Albany
(541) 967-2113

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What appears to be the good intentions of someone turning in a lost wallet and cell phone to Oregon State Police (OSP) unfortunately led to a brief closure of the OSP Albany office Friday morning. The office was re-opened after an OSP bomb technician closely inspected the package left outside the front door overnight. The inspection confirmed it was in fact a fanny pack containing a wallet and cell phone – presumable left as a lost and found item.

On December 3, 2010 at approximately 8:00 a.m. an OSP office staff employee opening the Albany office for regular business spotted a brown paper bag that had been placed next to the front door. Unaware of who or why it was left there, the decision was made to keep the office closed until OSP bomb technicians could respond from Salem to examine it and ensure it was safe.

Within 30 minutes bomb technicians arrived, they utilized the robot with a disruptive tool to remotely open the paper bag. Within the paper bag, they found a fanny pack, which they then took an x-ray picture of and confirmed it did not contain a dangerous object. The office was re-opened about 10:15 a.m.

OSP believes the package was left at the front door because someone found the pack and wanted to turn it into law enforcement so that it would get back to the rightful owner. OSP will contact the owner of the property and return it to them.
This is the second incident within one year involving a suspicious object being left at the door of the OSP Albany Office. Last December, 2009, a suspicious package containing a teddy bear was left. The teddy bear was left with the intentions that it would be given to a child involved in a traumatic incident. However, that incident was identical to today's case, in that there was no information identifying the contents of the package, no reason why it was left there or no identity of the person who left it.
The Oregon State Police Albany Office is grateful for these Good Samaritan acts. However, they would like to caution people against leaving such items during the times they are closed and without notification. They asked that if you need to turn over to them a NON-Hazardous item, that you contact them ahead of time at 541-967-2026 to arrange a drop off time, or stop by during business hours Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The OSP Explosives Unit personnel remind everyone that if you see a suspicious, unknown object or possible explosive device to leave it where it was spotted and not handle it. Move all people away from the area and contact your local law enforcement agency or OSP.