Suspicious delivery to Sauerbrey office turns out to be briefcase with papers

May 02, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A suspicious package that turned out to be a briefcase full of papers sent a swarm of bomb technicians and police officers to the Towson campaign office of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey yesterday.

Workers at the campaign office in the 8600 block of LaSalle Road told police that a man who did not identify himself left a message on the office answering machine, saying workers should expect a package.

When United Parcel Service delivered a blue briefcase dotted with mailing labels and secured with strapping tape yesterday morning about 10: 30, alarmed Sauerbrey workers called police.

No explosives were found in the briefcase, which was opened with a high-powered water gun by bomb technicians. The campaign office building, and the one behind it, were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Novak, the name on the return address of the briefcase was the sender. Detectives also determined that he had left the night message. Novak said the man, whom he would not identify, had sent papers expressing his political views, but none of them was threatening.

No charges were filed.

Pub Date: 5/02/98

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