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Police investigate item left in Fort Collins mailbox 

Released on Friday, February 5, 2021
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North College Avenue was closed for several hours on Friday while police investigated a suspicious item found in a mailbox.

At 1:10 p.m. on February 5, 2021, Fort Collins 911 received information that an item resembling an explosive device had been found inside of a business mailbox. Responding officers quickly secured the area around the mailbox, located near the roadway in the 1100 block of North College Avenue. To ensure the safety of community members, businesses in the immediate vicinity were evacuated and College Avenue was closed from Vine Drive to Conifer Street.

The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad responded to assist. Technicians determined that the item did not pose an imminent threat, and it was safely removed from the scene. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the item was an auto part known as an advanced capacitor, likely intended for return to the nearby auto part business. A photo is attached.

“I’m grateful for the fast response of officers, Bomb Squad, and area public safety partners who provided support," said Patrol Assistant Chief Kristy Volesky. "Calling police was absolutely the right thing to do in this situation, and we always encourage people to report suspicious circumstances to law enforcement for investigation."