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Update: Detroit Lakes Bomb Scare Turns Out To Be A Shoplifter

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Friday evening's bomb scare at the Detroit Lakes Walmart is finally over.

The situation began around 4:30 p.m. when an employee found a suspicious package on one of the shelves, and it took nearly four hours for authorities to determine that the package wasn't dangerous. The all-clear came around 8:30 p.m.

The Detroit Lakes Police Department had to call in the help of the Crow Wing County bomb squad, and it took them some time to get there. In the meantime, the store was cleared of people.

A Detroit Lakes police officer tells us an employee found what appeared to be a strange package on a shelf in the bedding department. It turns out that package was a coat tied with zip ties, supposedly used by a shoplifter to gather up items.He also tells us in all his years as a cop, and he's never seen anything quite like this.

Police say that Walmart has a great security system. They will be looking over the video footage from today and will take actions from there. No shoppers were in danger, but the store lost a lot of money being shut down for so long. 

Original Story

We're following a developing story in Detroit Lakes where ppolice tell us the Walmart has been evacuated after someone found a suspicious package in the store.

When we spoke with police around 6:00 p.m., a temporary perimeter had been established, and the Crow Wing County bomb squad was on the way to check the package out.

We'll bring you updates as soon as we know more.

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