UPDATE: Bomb squad says object found in trash can was a smoke alarm

newsroom@thetribunenews.comOctober 9, 2012 

UPDATE: The bomb squad has determined that the beeping object was a smoke alarm, according to Arroyo Grande police.

UPDATE: Arroyo Grande police say they have asked Rabobank for a chance to review video surveillance to see if any leads develop.

The police were called to the bank branch at 8:30 a.m. The trash can was located near the front door of the branch. According to police, the beeping sound was heard by a Rabobank employee who had arrived to open up the bank.

ORIGINAL: The sheriff’s bomb squad on Tuesday removed a suspicious object from a trash can next to an automated teller machine at a Rabobank branch on East Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande.

Passersby had heard a beeping noise coming from the object, authorities said. Bomb squad personnel used a robot to roll up to the trash can and pull out the plastic liner holding the object.

The robot then transferred the trash liner and object to the bomb squad’s trailer, where the device was secured.

The bomb squad will determine the safest way to dispose of the object.

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