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Anti-theft devices spur bomb fears

on May 11, 2013 10:29 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The city police bomb squad was busy responding to three overnight reports of suspicious devices found along city streets that turned out to be anti-theft devices used by stores, perhaps discarded as shoplifters drove away.

Still, officials are glad that residents are reporting such events rather than ignoring them.

“Better safe than sorry,” police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Friday. “In the wake of the Boston Marathon and all the other bomb threats that go on across the nation, the fact that they’re reporting what they’re seeing and are vigilant makes it easier for us to keep the public safe.”

The first call came in just after 11 p.m. Thursday, and two more were reported Friday, at 12:09 a.m. and 8:22 a.m., on two streets in the city’s South Side, a working-class neighborhood that’s been redeveloped as a hub of restaurants, nightlife and even some new shopping areas.

The plastic devices, which are equipped to beep and which hang from retail products by a small wire, were found wrapped in foil which, at first, made them appear even more suspicious, police said.

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