Bomb squad called out to examine mailbox but finds only letters inside

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A report of a suspicious person placing items in a southwest Bakersfield mailbox prompted a bomb squad callout Monday morning but turned up nothing unusual – just a bundle of letters.

Police Sgt. Nathan McCauley said a report came in at about 10:35 a.m. of a person placing an object in a mailbox in the area of Buena Vista and Harris roads then hurrying away.

Officers including members of the department’s bomb squad were dispatched and examined the contents of the mailbox. 

Letters were all they found. 

McCauley said the reporting party said the person who placed the item in the mailbox didn’t look familiar and was “looking around a lot.” 

The post office has a variety of employees serving rural areas, and it’s possible this person was one of them, McCauley said. Some employees aren’t in uniform and don’t use marked mail trucks.

Roads in the area were closed during the incident.

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