An unattended cooler on the ledge of the Moose Jaw police station temporarily shut down part of Fairford Street West Sunday morning.
© Times-Herald photo by Lesley Sheppard
Sgt. Rick Johns of the Moose Jaw Police Service opens an unattended cooler in front of the police station on Sunday morning. Police determined the cooler was not suspicious.
“There really wasn’t much to it. Basically it was brought to police attention that there was an unattended package on the ledge of the police station,” said Sgt. Rick Johns with the Moose Jaw Police Service. “We basically just secured the area momentarily just long enough for us to confirm that it was in fact nothing suspicious.
“It was just an unattended cooler that somebody left behind and it’s been taken into our possession and it’ll be returned to the rightful owner … It was just personal affects in the cooler.”
He said police conducted enquiries after the report came in around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Police determined the cooler’s owner and discovered it wasn’t suspicious. After that was determined, Johns opened the cooler just before 10 a.m.
“When something like this happens certain procedures have to be put in place to ensure everybody’s safety,” he said. “Once we are able to determine if it is in fact a threat or not, we would act appropriately depending on what we’re able to glean from the enquiries we make.
“If it would’ve become something we thought was a threat there would have certainly different tactics and different procedures put into place and different measures taken.”
He added no businesses were ordered to be shut down, but advised Veroba’s across the street and “gave them the option if they wanted to close their business until this was dealt with.”
Bonita Walters, cook at Veroba’s said the business was closed from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Weekend breakfast times are one of the busiest hours for the restaurant.
“Saturday and Sundays are our busier days in the week. So it was a loss in revenue,” said Walters. “Usually you don’t even get a chance to answer the phone on weekends because it’s so busy out front. So yeah, we lost a lot of business in that hour.”
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