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Police: 'Suspicious packages' at Raleigh gas station were medical supplies

Posted March 12, 2014

— Police blocked off a Sheetz gas station in Raleigh on Wednesday morning after employees reported finding suspicious packages.

Police said the packages were found at several of the gas pumps at the store on Capital Boulevard and Thornton Road.  An employee threw at least one package in a trash bin, then called 911 out of concern.

The items turned out to be unused medical supplies.

"They just appear to be some medical supplies that were left there for reasons that we don't really understand at this point," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Still, authorities reacted out of caution until they determined there was no threat, he said. Traffic was blocked, and customers were kept inside the store until police gave the all clear about 1:20 p.m.

"What you saw were a lot of precautions being taken," Sughrue said. "The safety of everyone was considered."

Customer Kevin Powell said he was inside with 30 to 35 other customers, and employees offered them free food while they waited.

"We've been here since about 11 a.m.," he said. "I just pulled in to get gas, left the pump running and went inside. I wasn't able to go back outside."

Powell said he and the other customers weren't panicked as they waited for police to tell them they could go.

"It's real laid back in here," he said. "Sheetz has been real nice."


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  • lazyrebel Mar 13, 2014

    If I had been there I would have left. People like to treat cops and fireman like gods of some sort. They are people like us, who just happen to wear a unifrom. Does not make them perfect. We are giving our liberty away at an alarming rate.,

  • A person Mar 13, 2014

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    Wrong again, detention is any act that limits a persons freedom of movement. Grow up, learn your rights and stop being a sheep

  • ncprr1 Mar 13, 2014

    These clowns look like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack, fishing the O'Henry out of the pool. At least they got to drill, in case anything does really ever happen.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 13, 2014
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    predictably the usual players are bashing the cops but had there been something bad happen these same players would be bashing them for doing too little.......

  • Jackie Strouble Mar 12, 2014
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    No. Not so. If the packages had turned out to be bombs or prank bombs or drugs or some kind of illegal substance such as used medical supplies or any other illegal thing, then all those customers were potential suspects and can be held while an investigation is ongoing.

    "Detention is the process when a state, government, or citizen lawfully holds a person by removing their freedom of liberty at that time. This can be due to (pending) criminal charges being raised against the individual as part of a prosecution OR to protect a person or property."

    "The term 'detained' often refers to the immediacy when someone has their liberty deprived, often BEFORE an arrest or pre-arrest procedure has yet been followed. For example, a shoplifter being pursued and restrained, but not yet informed he/she is under arrest or read his rights would be classed as 'detained.'"

  • Jackie Strouble Mar 12, 2014
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    Maybe because that's what was reported in the story?

    "Police said the packages were found at several of the gas pumps at the store on Capital Boulevard and Thornton Road."

    Packages = more than one package = multiple packages

    "Several gas pumps" = more than one gas pump = multiple gas pumps

  • busyb97 Mar 12, 2014

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    Except most of them would have had their cars right there in the middle of the activity. IF they were dangerous items in the packages, and they went off, they'd have dead or injured civilians. Given what they knew at the time, it was the smart thing to do.

    Hindsight is always 20/20...now that they know it was nothing, people will criticize.

  • Fred Kozlof Mar 12, 2014
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    Just look at the picture, all those 'officials' standing around. Pretty much no one doing anything useful. I think customers should be given the choice to take their own risk, and leave if they want to, instead of being held hostage.

  • MB4579 Mar 12, 2014

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    Thank you. Those were my thoughts exactly. The police are just doing their job, people.

  • Don Dickerson Mar 12, 2014
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    Awwwwww.....now we're just going to have to wait for the police to track down any shipping info and see if these were stolen supplies, or a careless delivery person or a sales rep with no samples to peddle. Maybe just someone who receives their supplies bulk at a mail station and got forgetful when rearranging their load. I still want the whole "how you got 30 to 35 people to remain captive at a gas station" story.