Suspicious package found outside Edwardsville Post Office cleared

Suspicious package outside Edwardsville Post Office Tuesday (Credit: KMOV)

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A suspicious package forced a large police presence at the Edwardsville Post Office Tuesday.

Agents from the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with officers from the Edwardsville Police Department were called to the office at 132 N. Kansas Street after the package was found near a mailbox around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say they opened the suspicious package around 2:00 p.m. and determined it was a piece of computer equipment. The area has since been cleared.

Suspicious package turned out to be a piece of computer equipment like an amplifier per Edwardsville police. Scene cleared.— Brian Feldman (@BFeldman) October 18, 2016

Authorities said they consider the package suspicious because it did not have any markings on it to determine where it would be sent, including an address or postage.

"We have no idea," Jeff Mills, Edwardsville Deputy Chief of Police, said when asked why the package was left where it was. "It could have been someone pulled up there and stuck it on top (of the mailbox) thinking the Post Office would pick it up like that which is not a good thing to do."

"It could have been someone walking by the receptacle who put it there and forgot about it."

Mills said they did look around for surveillance video to try and find whoever put the package in that location but they found no cameras outside in that vicinity.

Officials evacuated the immediate area and closed the road in front of the post office.

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