Safety

Bomb squad called to Isla Vista after suspicious package found inside Sheriff car

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - A FedEx envelope placed through a cracked open window of a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's cruiser, unbeknownst to the deputy driver who briefly walked away, triggered a brief investigation at the corner of El Colegio Road and Camino Corto in Isla Vista.

Sheriff's officials deemed the incident as a possible bomb threat and closed down Camino Corto from El Colegio Road to Estero Road after 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and notified nearby Isla Vista Elementary School but did not place the campus on lockdown.

In abundance of caution, the bomb squad was called in to examine the suspicious package and brought out the department's robot.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said that after more than an hour later, it was eventually determined that the package was "not a threat" and was placed in the deputy's cruiser by "someone known to law enforcement."

Hoover said the person who put the envelope in the cruiser does not face any charges.


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