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UPDATED: Suspicious bag thrown over McChord gate likely came from stolen car

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2010 at 8:04 am with No Comments »
January 21, 2010 8:32 am

UPDATED INFORMATION: Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have determined that a suspicious bag tossed over a McChord Air Force fence this morning contained nothing dangerous.

They believe the bag was likely thrown by someone who stole a car and rifled through its contents before abandoning the vehicle, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

“(They probably did it) not realizing where they were at or the ramifications of it,” he said.

The stolen car was found abandoned nearby. No arrests have been made.

Deputies were clearing the scene.

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Pierce County and Air Force authorities are investigating a suspicious bag that was thrown over the fence near McChord’s North Gate this morning.

Investigators believe they’ve found the vehicle from which the bag was thrown. It appears the vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, McChord Air Force officials were inspecting the suspicious package. Part of 112th Street has been blocked off to traffic around the Air Force base’s North Gate just off 112th and South Tacoma Way.

“At this point we don’t know if (the package) was rifled through and just abandoned,” Troyer said. “We are treating it as a suspicious package until someone tells us different.”

The activity began about 5:15 a.m.

KIRO TV reported the suspicious bag appeared to be a gym bag, and a robot was brought in to blow up the bag.

A technician inspected then the debris, and Chopper 7 pilot Clark Stahl said he then saw the man give a thumbs up sign and then remove his helmet.

Lakewood police, the Sheriff’s Department and McChord are investigating.

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