The lesson from a recent bomb scare at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is clear, according to Bureau Chief David Walcher. “If you really …
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The lesson from a recent bomb scare at the Arapahoe County
Sheriff’s Office is clear, according to Bureau Chief David
“If you really think there’s something suspicious, for instance
a bomb in your car, evacuate it, keep it safe, call the police.
Don’t bring it to us,” the chief said.
On Jan. 10, Jamie Erickson, 26, walked into the sheriff’s office
in Centennial and reported what she thought was a suspicious item
attached to the bottom of her car.
“She sees some duct tape and some wire hanging out of it and she
feels as though it’s some kind of explosive device,” Walcher
After Erickson, who works in the security industry, arrived,
deputies secured the parking lot and visitors were moved inside the
building away from windows.
The bomb squad tried to inspect Erickson’s vehicle using a
remote-controlled robot to no avail.
“Because the car sat rather low, the robot really couldn’t get a
good view underneath the car,” Walcher said. “They tried a visual
inspection, but there was a lot of slush and ice underneath the car
because she’d driven it there.”
In the end, technicians did not locate anything — except, as
Walcher tells it, duct tape attached to something or other and
covered by layers ice and sludge.
“Someone, maybe the previous owner, had used duct tape to tape
together something on the undercarriage of the engine, but there
was no device,” Walcher said.
The chief cautions against even getting close to a vehicle
suspected of carrying an explosive — much less getting in the car
and driving it to the police station, thus putting both the driver
and the public at risk.
“You should always err on the side of caution,” Walcher advised.
“But if you feel that something is a threat, you don’t want to
reach in and grab it. You call law enforcement. That’s truly the
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