GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After investigating a suspicious package for nearly two hours, the Biloxi Bomb Squad opened it up to find a wooden sign that said, "Relax." It was an ironic end to an ordeal that had law enforcement from two cities descending on a Gulfport business.
Here's what happened: An employee at Allen Toyota found a suspicious package at his home Wednesday night and put it in his truck for an officer friend to check out. He got to work, called the police, and law enforcement responded. Boy, did they respond.
You see, all suspicious packages are treated equally in the eyes of law enforcement.
Gulfport police, fire, and the Biloxi Bomb Squad all arrived at the auto dealership located just north of I-10 at the Highway 605 exit. Firefighters blocked off the front entrance to the parking lot, and brought in a bomb-detecting dog.
The "suspicious" package actually was just an unexpected package sent from a relative.
Still, police said the man did the right thing by reporting the package to authorities. However, they did say that the package should not have been moved from the man's home to his workplace.
As for the folks at Allen Toyota, they just kept on working. Owner Jonathan Allen was busy getting the word out to customers that they could still access the dealership by going through the property's north entrance.