CCPD and LCSO Bomb Squad are currently working what was called in as a suspicious package in the parking lot of Hess located at 833 Cape Coral Parkway East. Westbound traffic has been temporarily shut down as a precaution, starting at the 1000 block of Cape Coral Parkway East. Traffic on SE 47th Terrace between the 800 and 1000 block is also shut down.
At this time the Bomb Squad HAS destroyed the package using the robot and is currently assessing the contents to determine its contents.
Traffic will be re-opened as soon as possible once the scene is determined to be safe.
Further press inquiries can be directed to the Watch Commander's office once traffic flow has been restored and scene is cleared.
As of 9:00 PM, the LCSO Bomb Squad has determined that the suspicious package was in fact, an empty suitcase and the scene has been rendered safe. Police Department and Sheriff's Office units are wrapping up and clearing the scene at this time. Traffic on Cape Coral Parkway and SE 47th Terrace has been re-opened at this time.
On June 14, 2012, approximately 6:24 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to Hess 833 Cape Coral Parkway East in reference to a suspicious suitcase left next to the building. According to the reporting person, Denise O`Connor, she saw the suitcase sitting next to the building, near the ice machine with no one around it. Denise felt it was very suspicious and contacted CCPD. She believed that the suitcase was sitting at the location for at least 15 minutes. According to John Meyers, store employee, he did not know who the bag belonged to and felt that it was suspicious enough to close the store prior to police arrival. CCPD closed off the immediate area and cleared all people from the property and surrounding sidewalk. The emergency gas shut off was activated, turning off all fuel pumps. LCSO / CCSO Bomb Squad responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Cape Coral Parkway west bound traffic was closed while the Bomb Squad investigated the package. The Bomb Squad used the robot and a single shot gun round to clear the suitcase. The suitcase was found to be completely empty. The suitcase was destroyed by the shot gun blast and was disposed of.