AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police found a suspicious device in a vehicle in the parking lot at the FirstBank at 25541 E. Smoky Hill Rd., but later said it was not a bomb.
A suspect walked into the bank Wednesday morning and told an employee, “You better call the cops,” according to Chris Amsler with the Aurora Police Department.
The bank was evacuated and police set up a large perimeter.
Aurora police initially reported the incident as a bomb threat to the bank, but retracted that at about 11 a.m.
CORRECTION: No bomb threat ever made towards the bank. Police led to suspicious item in vehicle based off of remarks made by suspect.— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) August 20, 2014
At about 12:45 p.m. police said the item is not an explosive device. Hazmat crews were examining the item, investigators said.
Fox Ridge Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School were placed on "secured Perimeter," the Cherry Creek School District confirmed. This means all staff and students are brought inside and doors are locked, but classes continue as normal inside. Access is controlled by staff or law enforcement.
After police determined the suspicious item was not a bomb, the district sent a message to parents that Cherokee Trial High School and Fox ridge Middle School had been cleared to return to normal operations. Both schools were following the normal afternoon dismissal schedule.