Courtesy: St. Cloud Times
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Suspicious objects found outside a Super 8 hotel in St. Cloud Friday evening were actually anti-theft devices, not bombs, according to the St. Cloud Police Department.
Officers were called to the Super 8 on Park Avenue South just before 7 p.m. Friday. A perimeter was established around the hotel parking lot and patrons were asked to evacuate the building, according to police.
Officers found two items wrapped in aluminum foil. Each had a metal wire sticking out of the top and was making a loud beeping noise. Specialists from the Minneapolis police bomb squad were called to assist at the scene and the group discovered that the items were anti-theft devices used for high-end retail items.
The items had been wrapped in aluminum foil to avoid detection by a store's security system. Once the wire on each device was cut, the alarm activated, creating the beeping noise.
(Copyright 2013 by The St. Cloud Times. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )