Suitcase near bank prompts police response
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police had a couple of Campustown streets closed for about an hour Saturday evening while they checked out a suspicious suitcase.
Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said just after 5 p.m. a police officer received a third-hand report of an unattended suitcase at the northeast corner of Sixth and Green streets next to the Busey Bank branch there.
Daniels said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, comprised of Champaign and University of Illinois officers, responded.
"Because of its position, location, and the kind of container, we had the explosive detection dog from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and the EOD team come. It ended up being college materials, books and papers, inside," he said.
Daniels said the EOD used its robot, a device that can be operated from afar, to check out the suitcase.
"We didn’t have to blow it up. We had a bomb tech open it with special equipment and emptied it and made sure nothing was hidden in the suitcase," he said.
Sixth and Green streets were both closed for about a block from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. but have been reopened.