General Crime

San Mateo Post Office Evacuated After Suspicious Backpack Left Near Entrance

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A bomb squad was deployed in San Mateo this morning after a backpack was abandoned near a post office, police said. At about 9:05 a.m., officers responded to a call from a citizen who reported seeing an individual on a motorcycle throw a backpack near the main driveway of the U.S. Post Office at 1630 S. Delaware St., San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said. Police immediately evacuated the post office and sealed off an area around the driveway, Norris said. A San Mateo County bomb squad responded and used a remote controlled robot to move the backpack across the street, Norris said. Once the bag was safely moved, it was examined and determined not to be a threat, police said. The operation took about an hour, police said. No one was injured. The incident remains under investigation, and police were continuing to search for the motorcyclist. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700.

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