Posted: Aug 7, 2012 2:02 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
Santa Maria Police say a man entered their lobby just after 9 am Tuesday morning asking to talk with an officer regarding a safe he claimed to have found.
The man said he was a Federal agent and that he had found a safe in the 800 block of South Broadway. He left the safe outside in his vehicle which was parked near the police station in the 200 block of E. Cook Street. The safe was locked and content in side were unknown, and with the close proximity to the Police Department, police decided to call in the Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad.
As a precaution the Santa Maria Police Department building and the adjacent City Attorney's Office were evacuated, displacing about 40 employees. Police insist that no 911 calls were compromised during the evacuation saying all calls were re-routed to the County emergency dispatch center.
As of 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the scene. Currently East Cook Street from Broadway to Miller Street, and South McClelland Street from Boone to Cook Street are closed.
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