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Suspicious box at UDF held rotten meat

Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 4:50 PM
Updated: Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 7:05 PM

The suspicious package left near gasoline pumps at a United Dairy Farmers store on Monday afternoon turned out to be a box full of rotten meat, police and the Dayton Bomb Squad determined.

A man called police to report that he left the box near a trash can at the store, in the 7200 block of Taylorsville Road, but did not explain to police why he didn’t put the box in the trash, Huber Heights police Lt. Mark Lightner told News Center 7’s Jenna Deery.

The trash can is located near gasoline pumps, and the size and shape of the box prompted police to notify the bomb squad at a precaution, Lightner said.

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Police are to meet with the caller sometime Monday evening to interview him. There has been no determination as to whether charges would be filed, Lightner said.

The bomb squad was dispatched just before 4 p.m. on a report of a suspicious package left near gasoline pumps at the UDF. That call prompted the evacuation of the convenience store and the nearby shopping center.

At 4:35 p.m., authorities shut down Brandt Pike and Taylorsville Road.

At about 6:10 p.m., the bomb squad used its robot to move the box from its location near the gas pumps to a front-loader full of sand. The robot opened the box, which revealed a dark plastic bag and the rotten meat inside the bag.

Tune in to News Center 7 tonight at 11 for the full story.