Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

10-22-08 Suspicious package

10-22-08 Suspicious package

Boise October 22nd, 2008 - Boise Police and the Boise Police Bomb Squad have removed a suspicious suitcase to ensure the safety of the public in downtown Boise this afternoon.

What Happened: At approximately 1:11 PM this afternoon a citizen called dispatch to report a suitcase had been left unattended at the bus stop in front of the US Bank building on 8th street near Capitol. Boise Police Officers responded to the location and a specialized bomb sniffing K-9 unit showed interest in the suitcase. For the safety of the public a perimeter was established and two roads where closed. 8th Street Southbound to Capitol and Idaho streets remained closed as the Boise Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene. The brown leather suitcase was placed in an explosive resistant container and transported to an undisclosed location for disposal. Roads reopened at approximately 3:20 PM this afternoon.

UPDATE: The Boise Police Bomb Squad has determined that the brown leather suitcase involved contained no dangerous items. It is very likely that the suitcase had some time in the past carried something of an explosive or firearms nature.

The Boise Police Department would like to thank the motorists and pedestrians who may have been inconvenienced for their patience!

Anyone with further information in this case is urged to call crime stoppers at 343-COPS.

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information