Hapeville clerk brings 'suspicious' package to work

When she found a suspicious looking package outside her home Friday morning, Alice Shephard put it in her car and brought it with her to work.

When she showed it to her co-workers at Hapeville City Hall, they suggested the city clerk call the police, according to the incident report obtained by the AJC. Hapeville police arrived to find the device, made of cone-shaped metal, on the steps of city hall.

Soon, the situation became a big ordeal in the south Fulton town.

"The device had black and red electrical wires protruding from one end, which was also wrapped with masking or athletic tape," the report states.

The building was evacuated for more than an hour as officials removed the package and destroyed it, police said. No one was allowed to enter the building during the incident.

Unable to determine if the device was explosive, Hapeville police called in a bomb unit from the Atlanta Police department and called the fire department, the incident report states. Using a robot, investigators removed the device and detonated it in a safe location, police said.

A search of Shephard's home and car didn't turn up any other threatening devices, police said.

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