Tower Plaza, located at Rancho California and Ynez roads, was on lock-down this morning after a bank employee called Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies regarding a “suspicious package” sitting outside of Bank of America, it was reported.
“We received a call just after 9 a.m. regarding a suspicious package at the Bank of America in Temecula,” Deputy Albert Martinez said.
Deputies responded to the scene and upon inspecting the packages decided to call in the bomb squad.
“We have to always take precautions and don’t want to take any chances,” Sgt. Dean Spivacke explained at the scene.
The shopping center was closed to the public and parts of Ynez Road were also closed during the investigation.
Bomb squad members X-rayed the package and found the boxes were full of paper and not a danger to the public.
Sgt. Spivacke said law enforcement officials are working quickly to dismantle the scene and the area should be cleared by about 12:30 p.m.
*Kerri S.Mabee contributed to this report.
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