Posted: Aug 7, 2012 5:48 PM by Caroline Lowe
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 6:13 PM
Shortly before 5:00 Tuesday afternoon, a bomb squad removed a small safe from the Santa Maria Police Department's parking lot.
For much of the day, the SMPD and City Attorney's offices were evacuated and several nearby streets blocked off after police said the safe was dropped off by a man who claimed he found it on South Broadway.
Police said the man came into the SMPD lobby shortly after 9:00 a.m., saying he was a Federal agent. Officers said they became concerned because the safe was locked, its contents unknown and the man was elusive when they asked him questions about being an agent.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office bomb squad removed the safe late Tuesday afternoon and took it to another location to be rendered safe.
The closed streets were also reopened to traffic just before 5:00 p.m.
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