Police investigating 2 suspicious packages found in Cookeville - WSMV News 4

Police investigating 2 suspicious packages found in Cookeville

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Police are investigating two separate incidents involving suspicious bags in Cookeville.

The investigation began just after 10 p.m. Monday when Walmart employees called police after finding a suitcase next to the propane tank cage.

Witnesses said a man got out of a white car and put the suitcase next to the cage before leaving the area.

Officials evacuated the parking lot and the store while they worked to examine the package. Police later determined the suitcase did not contain any explosives.

While officers were investigating the suitcase at Walmart, they also learned about a bag that had been left near a propane tank cage at the nearby Kroger. Officers evacuated the building and the parking lot until authorities could determine the luggage was not dangerous.

According to the Cookeville Police Department, detectives do not believe the incidents are related.

Police said it is possible that the luggage found at Kroger had been placed there a few days prior to the situation at Walmart.

The Cookeville Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Special Operations Unit of the Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together on the investigation.

If you see a suspicious person or package, allow law enforcement to handle the situation.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Cookeville Police Department at 931-520-5267 or the main station at 931-526-2125.

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