Suspicious briefcase leads to bomb scare

May. 12, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Thomasville Police Department spent Monday morning investigating a suspicious package in a diner parking lot at the corner of National Highway and Julian Avenue.
Three hours after a customer at the Cruz-In Diner reported an odd briefcase, wrapped in wire, next to his car, a robot from the Winston-Sale Police Department proved the briefcase was harmless.
The diner’s owner called Thomasville police at 8:39 a.m. Investigating officers evacuated the restaurant and other surrounding businesses. The briefcase was located between two vehicles and next to the left rear tire of a Honda belonging to Tony Watts, a guest columnist for the faith page at the High Point Enterprise. The robotic bomb detector arrived a short time later and found the briefcase contained nothing but papers.  
“The subject came out of the diner after eating breakfast and found a briefcase next to his car that looked funny and had wires wrapped around it,” Chief Jeff Insley said. “He was concerned and notified us. After an initial look, we were concerned too. We backed off and evacuated the area. We sent out the robot, looked at it, nothing. Thank goodness.”
TPD cordoned off the area and blocked traffic surrounding the intersection of National Highway and Julian Avenue until about 12 p.m.
“I actually thought it went by kind of quick,” said Insley. “We’re very appreciative of [Winston-Salem Police Department] getting here so quick. Everything went smooth.”
Insley said a suspect has not been identified and detectives are interviewing witnesses to determine if any charges should be filed once the owner of the briefcase is located.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.

UPDATED

Thomasville police are investigating a suspicious package found beside a car in the parking lot of a local diner.

A customer saw what looked like a briefcase with wires sticking out of the sides, leaning up against the back tire on the driver's side of a car parked in the parking lot of Cruz-In Diner on Main Street Monday morning.

The bomb squad has been called to the scene. Check back for more updates on this story.