Suspicious package discovered outside Edwardsville Post Office

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The Edwardsville Police Department and agents with the ATF were called to the U.S. Post Office at around 10am after receiving calls of a suspicious package at the building.  The package was located on top of a mailbox.  Investigators say that nothing on the package that indicated that it was to be delivered to someone.

Police closed N. Kansas Street in front of the post office while authorities determined if the object was dangerous or not.  A bomb robot was dispatched to the scene to investigate.  The machine knocked the package off of the mailbox and opened it.

Jeff Mills with the Edwardsville Police Department says the item in the package was a piece of computer equipment, a Cisco amplifier.  The item will be taken to the United States Postal Service for inspection.  Once they are done with it the computer equipment will go to the Edwardsville Police Department as found property.

Police are not sure how the item got on top of the mailbox.  There appears to be no surveillance cameras on that area.

It took four hours for the Illinois Secretary of State's bomb squad to arrive on the scene.   Investigators x-rayed the package before deploying the robot. They had to come to Edwardsville from Springfield, Illinois.