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Suspicious package prompts evacuations around Statesboro VA office
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A suspicious package found Monday morning at the Statesboro Veterans Affairs office turned out to be only a couple boxes of books.

Statesboro police Cpl. Justin Samples said officers responded around 9 a.m. Monday to the Northside Drive East and Lester Road area after a package inside a black trash bag was discovered.

As the package was not clearly labeled, it was deemed suspicious and to be safe, police evacuated the building as well as others nearby, he said.

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies assisted in creating a perimeter to keep the public at a safe distance. The investigation was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation bomb squad, Samples said. Around noon, the area was cleared, and the package was found to be two cardboard boxes containing books, he said.

The books might possibly have been a donation of some sort, but the lack of clarity in labeling led to the investigation. As a safety measure, police "took every precaution," but the package was not a threat, Samples said.


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