Suspicious package concern shuts down WalmartPublished 8:19pm Sunday, May 26, 2013
An empty cooler turned out to be the culprit of the shutdown of the Troy Walmart Store Sunday afternoon in Troy.
Lt. Bryan Weed, of the Troy Police Department, said that although no explosive was found, the correct protocols were taken.
“There turned out to be nothing to it,” Weed said. “It is just a product of the times we live in. Someone saw it out of place, and notified Walmart, who notified us. In the end, it turned out to be a cooler that someone put there as trash or forgot about.”
The Troy Walmart Store remained closed at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, and employees positioned at the front of the building declined comment on the matter.
Members of the Troy Police Department, Troy Fire Department and the Dothan Police Department Bomb Squad worked the scene.
Officers responded to the store around 6:30 p.m., when managers contacted Troy Police to report that a suspicious package had been discovered outside the general merchandise entrance of the store.
“Their protocol was to evacuate the building,” Weed said.
The building was evacuated and the parking lot was cleared.
Weed said neither the store nor the police department had received any threats.
“They have not received a threat, nor have we received a threat,” he said. “They were just following their protocol.”
An employee, who asked not to be identified, said the package was a cooler left outside the entrance. She said she had been to leave the store until the issue was resolved.