‘Suspicious’ toolbox closes downtown block

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A ‘suspicious package’ – one that turned out to be a toolbox – left on a sidewalk forced police to close a downtown Fort Wayne block as bomb technicians and a robot analyzed the situation.

Police were called sometime before noon to the block of Jefferson Boulevard near the Embassy Theatre and the Grand Wayne Convention Center after a caller reported that a toolbox had been on the sidewalk for a couple of hours.

A Fort Wayne Police bomb technician in heavy armor walks toward a suspicious package that a robot was deployed to handle on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in downtown Fort Wayne.
A Fort Wayne Police bomb technician in heavy armor walks toward a suspicious package that a robot was deployed to handle on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in downtown Fort Wayne.

Police closed the roadway at Webster and Harrison streets, and the Fort Wayne Police Department’s bomb squad was called in. The unit’s robot was deployed to move toward the toolbox, and an officer in heavy armor gathered it.

In the end, the toolbox was simply a toolbox full of tools, police said. It’s not clear who the tools belonged to or why they were left on the sidewalk.

Police told NewsChannel 15 that they never believed the toolbox was anything suspicious, but they were forced to investigate it fully.

While technicians worked the scene, the sidewalk and street was closed off. A crowd gathered in the Grand Wayne Center’s lobby to watch.

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