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Suspicious piece of luggage leads to bomb-sniffing dog being called out in Middletown

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/11/18

A suspicious suitcase found in Middletown is cause for concern by borough police anytime of year.

But finding one on the morning of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks …

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Suspicious piece of luggage leads to bomb-sniffing dog being called out in Middletown

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A suspicious suitcase found in Middletown is cause for concern by borough police anytime of year.

But finding one on the morning of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks automatically takes on greater significance.

Fortunately for the public, nothing except clothes and related items — all unharmful and all legal — were found inside the black suitcase that someone left on a bench at Ann and South Union streets, according to police spokesman Patrol Officer Mark Laudenslager.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, after being notified by another law enforcement agency whom borough police declined to identify.

Laudenslager said the agency in question was not Amtrak, despite the train station being close by.

Someone with the other agency had been waved down by a passerby who had discovered the luggage, Laudenslager said.

Borough police immediately requested a bomb-sniffing dog from the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office, which arrived shortly after 8 a.m.

The dog did not alert to any contraband inside the suitcase, so borough police believed it safe for them to open the luggage. The only thing found inside were clothes and items typically found in the luggage of a traveler.

What remains a mystery is who left the piece of luggage in the area, and why. Police believe the suitcase was left in the area sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday.

The luggage full of clothes was taken by borough police back to the station, to be logged in as abandoned property.

The owner can claim the luggage by calling police at 717-902-0627 non-emergency, or 717-558-6900 after-hours non-emergency.

Police also ask anyone with information regarding the abandoned luggage to contact them as well.