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Suspicious Packages Prompt Bomb Squad Response

Post Date:01/15/2018 10:19 AM
Two suspicious packages, left in the parking lot of the Appleton Post Office, prompted the overnight response of the local bomb squad.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, at approximately 12:54 AM, officers were dispatched to the rear parking lot of the Appleton Post Office to check on two suspicious packages.  A postal employee told officers he had been approached around 11:55 PM by an unidentified man. The man put the two packages on the ground of the parking lot and walked away, after repeatedly telling the employee to send the packages to Denver, Colorado.  Despite being informed of the proper mailing procedure, the male party was insistent on having the employee handle the packages.

The postal employee told officers the boxes, which were not addressed or properly secured, appeared to contain wiring.  The immediate area was secured and postal employees were moved to a different portion of the building.  The joint Brown/Outagamie Bomb Squad responded to check on the contents of the packages.  It was determined that one package contained a DVD player and power cords, while the other package contained packing material.

The Appleton Police Department would like to speak to the person who left the packages.  He is described as a white male, in his 50’s, having a scruffy appearance.  He is approximately 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 270 pounds.  He had on a green, military-style coat, a black stocking cap, red scarf and blue jeans when the incident occurred.

If you have information, you are asked to call the Appleton Police Department’s non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500.  If you have information, but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the REPORT feature on the Appleton Police Department’s free phone app.

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Lund at (920) 832-5509.
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