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UPDATE: Suspicious Looking Package Investigated at Temecula Bank

Bank of America, in the 27000 block of Ynez Road in Temecula, was closed Thursday because a suspicious looking package was found outside the front doors.

Updated at 4:55 p.m. Oct. 18:

A suspicious seeming package found by employees Thursday at the front door of a Bank of America in Temecula prompted an investigation.

The branch in the 27000 block of Ynez Road was closed until the Riverside County Sheriff's Hazardous Device Team arrived to examine the package, Temecula police Sgt. Dean Spivacke said in a news release.

It was determined the package contained no explosives, the sergeant said.

"Based on the appearance and location of the package, it was treated as a possible explosive device," Spivacke said. "For the safety of the public, the bank was evacuated, the parking lot of the bank was cleared and traffic was closed on Ynez Road."

The roadway was reopened at about 11:45 a.m., the sergeant said.

An investigation into the package was continuing, he said.

A Los Angeles-based spokeswoman for the bank sent an email to Patch regarding the incident.

"Unfortunately because it is still an active investigation, we defer all inquiries to the sheriff's dept [sic] to decide what information to disclose," Colleen Haggerty wrote in the email.

As customers waited for the bank to reopen and most employees sent out had not yet returned, someone still inside the bank ordered Pizza Hut; the deliveryman was allowed to enter but told Patch the bank was on lockdown.

Brenda October 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You are kidding me right? We went by there at about 10:25am this morning and it looked like someone had robbed fort knox and the bad guy was still locked up inside with hostages!! I sure would like to see what the package looks like and what it ends up having in it and if a bomb scare or something was called in to someone to make the package suspcious. The police had Margarita stopped in both directions sending traffic around the blocks, the freeway ramps re-routed, every other street re-routed. We were not too bad on Margarita going south and a nice officer directed us on the route to get around. Not mentioning the situation. We just thought the bank had been robbed again, but thought must be some other scenerio with the robbery, like he was still in there or something with the way the entire area was shut down around it. The freeway folks probably had it the worse and now it makes sense why so much area was being re-routed. I had my camera again and forgot to take pictures of all the nice looking police men :) But all joking aside I sure hope it was a big box and really highly suspicious to cause so many officers and citizens to be impacted by it. That is costing alot of Highway Patrol, Sheriff and Temecula PD hours besides standing out there in that hot sun in full uniform and gear.
keepn it real October 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Better safe then sorry.....
Chuck October 19, 2012 at 05:29 AM
hilarious Tony! thanks, I needed a laugh. who was that masked Pizza Driver, still laughing, dented compact, hahaaa Chuck
henry lucas October 19, 2012 at 05:56 AM
nobody likes cold pizza
Brenda October 19, 2012 at 08:44 AM
LOL you guys are funny. I still wonder what was in it, was it taped closed to make it look more suspicious, or did it look like a Birthday cake box, did they get a call that said someone put a box with explosives in it outside the door? Hell maybe they just earned a day off with cake and pizza and the cake got there before the Pizza? BUT seriously, law enforcement had it well covered if it was a bomb and had a 3 or 4 block radius to its explosion. There was alot of them out there covering the perimeter.
Big John October 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The real question here is did they want Pepperoni or Sausage?
5150 October 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The Barney Fife motorcycle cops were confused again, no one to write a ticket to.
Galactic Cannibal October 21, 2012 at 04:27 AM
That suspicious package contained "Paranoia" a mental condition that prevails in the minds of the masses across the nation. Just imagine if a large foreign military force attacked our soil, our paranoia would swamp the nation . Paranoia did not effect the IRAQI's or the Afghans, when a large foreign military force (the US military) attacked their soil. I suggest we rename "Land of the Free".... the " Land of the Paranoia"

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