Sudbury, Ontario – At 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020, we received a call from an employee at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on Notre Dame Avenue regarding what was believed to be a suspicious package found in a mailbox inside the building.
Patrol Officers and Members of our Tactical Unit specializing in Explosive Disposal attended in order to investigate the incident. Through video surveillance footage a man was seen leaving the package and acting suspiciously as he left the area.
Due to the man’s behaviour, the location being a federal building and the unknown contents of the package, the building was evacuated by staff and security.
Members of the Explosive Disposal Unit used a remote robot to remove the package from the mailbox and transported to a safe location. A controlled detonation was conducted and the package was rendered safe.
It does not appear that the package contained any explosives.
Just after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020, Detectives from our Criminal Investigation Division located and arrested the man believed to be responsible for the incident.
The 60 year old man has been charged with Mischief – Interfering with Lawful Use of Property under the Criminal Code of Canada. He was released on an Undertaking and will appear in Court on November 4, 2020 to answer to the charge.
We would like to thank the staff of the CRA for their cooperation and patience during this incident.
We remind community members that it is always safer to air on the side of caution when a package of unknown origin is located and appears out of place. If you are unaware of where a package came from or what a package contains, you are urged to review your organization’s policy for dealing with these types of situations and consult a supervisor. If the package is determined to be suspicious, contact Police immediately.
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