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Bomb Squad Finds Nothing After Vehicle Search

Posted at: 01/15/2013 6:16 PM
Updated at: 01/15/2013 10:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A man claiming to have a bomb threatened a busy travel center in Albert Lea Tuesday.   

No evidence of a bomb was discovered. Police do have the man who made the threat in custody, although he is not under arrest at this point.

Police say they got the call to Petro travel center around 4:00 of a suspicious acting male. When officers arrived and spoke to the man, he told police his car was packed with bombs.

The truck stop was then evacuated and secured. An officer wearing protective gear investigated the vehicle, both inside and out. They say nothing was found but it appeared the man was living out of the vehicle. Police did tell us, despite the outcome, the extra precaution is necessary.

"For us it's hyper sensitivity to people that do things like this, it also goes right along with the mental health crisis we got in this country and we're experiencing here locally. What do you do with people that act out, and they have the potential to carry out dangerous acts," said Chief Dwaine Winkels of the Albert Lea Police Department.

Chief Winkels did say the man claimed to be ex military with knowledge of weapons and bomb making.

He's been taken to Mayo Health Systems in Albert Lea for further evaluation which will determine if police will arrest him.