Bomb squad destroys bag at Caltrain station

Taxi driver reports suspicious package at Palo Alto station

A suspicious shopping bag found at the University Avenue Caltrain station was destroyed by the county bomb squad Tuesday night (Aug. 16), Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

A taxi driver reported the shopping bag at about 8 p.m., which was left at the southern edge of the southbound platform, Bartholomew said. The Santa Clara County bomb squad X-rayed the bag but could not determine its contents.

Shortly before midnight, a water cannon was used to render the device inoperable, Bartholomew said. Caltrain service was delayed 15 minutes.

No further investigation is planned and police did not specify the nature of the bag's contents.


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Posted by what was in the bag?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

The article says "render the device inoperable", but was there really some kind of device in the bag?

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Posted by cc rider
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

It was a Rolex and some other expensive items purchased with a fraudulant credit card over @ Stanford Shopping Center.
It's quite embarrasing, considering the typical overreaction by PAPD. If someone had picked it up while the bag was under observation, I'm certain multiple Tasers would have been used.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

But it is fun to make bang!

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Posted by observer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

cc rider, my understanding is that these fraudulent purchases are intercepted at the source--Stanford Shopping Center, and this is where our police resources are usually marshaled. I am wondering how this bag got past their watchful eyes.

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Posted by Rolex?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

But if it was a Rolex, surely a water cannon wouldn't render it inoperable? Rolex watches are supposed to be quite resistant to water! Rolex needs to do water cannon testing from now on.

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