'Suspicious package' near Modesto's Tenth Street Place contains bible, coins

07/03/2013 11:16 AM

07/03/2013 1:27 PM

A "suspicious package" that led to the evacuation of the area around Modesto's Tenth Street Place on Wednesday morning contained a Bible and coins, authorities said.

Police were called to the parking structure at Tenth and K streets about 10:30 a.m. after a Tenth Street Place employee became concerned over the delivery of a package, said police Lt. David Van Diemen.

He said the package was oddly addressed to "Superior Office of the County Court" and contained the words "open here." The employee took the package to the top level of the adjoining parking structure and called police. Police did not evacuate nearby buildings, but people were kept out of the immediate area.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was called in, X-rayed the package and deemed it safe just after noon. The area around Tenth Street Place was reopened.

It's the second time this week in Modesto that the bomb squad has been called to check a "suspicious" item. Monday, Chase Bank in the Century Center shopping center in east Modesto was closed for more than an hour when a backpack left by a customer was deemed suspicious. It contained only clothes.

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