VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Police officers and the Virginia Beach Bomb Squad filled the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market on Laskin Road Friday night. What they found was far from a suspicious package.
Amy Valdez with Virginia Beach Fire-Rescue said emergency communications received a call from employees at the grocery store around 5:20 p.m. about a suspicious man and a package inside a cart.
Employees told police a man had been walking through the Whole Foods store, pacing and acting unusually. His behavior piqued the interest of employees, who went to the parking lot to collect carts and noticed a box taped up on the inside of a shopping cart.
Valdez said in light of recent events, the store's staff took a heightened level of caution and called 911.
Virginia Beach Fire Investigators and the VBPD Bomb Squad responded to the scene and X-rayed the package, which turned out to be an empty cardboard box.
Valdez said there was no hazard, no threat, and no one was hurt. She said the suspicious man had never been in contact with the box.
All units have cleared the scene, and the parking lot is no longer blocked to the public.
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