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Suspicious package at Florida Capitol garage was a baby bag


We saw a tweet around lunchtime about the parking garage at the state Capitol building being on lockdown because of a suspicious package. It turned out to be nothing dangerous; the owner of what is best described as a baby bag eventually showed up to claim the property.

However, Capitol Police shut down the garage for about an hour while it investigated, keeping people from entering or leaving.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement sent a message at 1:10 p.m. to people who work in the Capitol complex and signed up for email alerts: "Capitol Police has found a Blue Graco Cargo Bag in Lot 31 parking garage, if this belongs to you please call us asap at 488-1790," it read.

At 1:53 p.m. there was a second message that said the package had been claimed and garage operations were back to normal. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the unattended bag was first spotted near a vehicle by a worker who reported it to the Capitol Police.

"While I can’t provide investigative techniques, the bag was examined by Capitol Police," Plessinger told us via email. "A message was sent to Capitol employees who have signed up for e-mail alerts asking for more information.  The owner came forward and claimed the bag. The all clear was given around 1:45 and the garage was reopened."