Suspicious package causes stir at Kane Judicial Center
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2012 9:26AM
Kane County sheriff’s deputies and the county bomb detail investigate a suspicious package left at the Kane County Judicial Center Wednesday morning. The package did not contain an explosive device.
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:36AM
ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP — It turned out to be a Playstation 2 video game, a weight loss video and a calculator.
But security personnel at the Kane County Courthouse Wednesday morning took no chances when they discovered a small gray metal box during the routine outside sweep done every morning before court opens.
The box was discovered about 8:10 a.m. stuck up on a berm, reinforced by stones, behind a bush in a landscaped area to the west of the courthouse entrance.
Because of the unusual location, courthouse security took no chances, said Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler.
“We knew it wasn’t there last night, so we treated it suspiciously,” he said.
The Kane County bomb squad, with aid from sheriff’s patrol officers and St. Charles police, closed the west parking lot and used the squad’s robotic device to look into the box.
While they were doing that, police directed people coming to the courthouse for the morning court call to park in the east lot. Gengler said courthouse business was not disrupted. By 10 a.m., the bomb squad and patrol officers were packing up to leave.
If the box had been right at the entrance, where people often sit to wait for rides or the bus, Gengler said security likely would have considered it something someone left behind and treated it differently.
“It looked like somebody threw something away they brought from home,” Gengler said.
He said the Sheriff’s Department will continue to try to find the owner of the box.