Penticton & South Okanagan News
Mysterious package at cop shop
It was like a scene straight out of CSI.
RCMP in Osoyoos spent the day Thursday dealing with a mysterious package discovered in the detachment's driveway shortly before 8:30 a.m.
According to Cpl Jason Bayda, the package had a note attached and was weighted down with a rock.
"It had clearly been left for us to find."
Bayda says given the nature of the sign and the fact they were unable to determine the nature of the substance inside, the bomb disposal unit of Vancouver was called.
"They came up, x-rayed the package and found out it was not an explosive...there was no detonating devices," says Bayda.
"They analyzed the substance and found it was a non-harmful substance. It was something people can buy every day in a grocery store."
Along with the substance, Bayda says a note inside the package, signed by an anonymous person, asked that the substance be forwarded to a lab for testing.
"They felt the product is an unsafe product and wanted it sent for testing to prove the product is unsafe.
I can tell you the product is not an unsafe product by any means. I don't know why this person feels this way."
Bayda says police want to talk with the individual to find out just why they believe the product in question is unsafe.
He adds the person does not face any charges but adds there are better ways to get the attention of the police that doesn't tie up so many resources and taxpayers money.
"What was left here was not criminal in nature, it was more of a nuisance," says Bayda.
"We are hoping to identify this person and if they don't come in, we are looking at other means to identify him."
Bayda says if they are able to talk with the individual they will let the public know what the substance was and what the concerns were.
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