Police: ‘Suspicious suitcase’ at Coastland Center mall was empty

It turned out that a "suspicious suitcase" found in a Coastland Center mall parking garage early Monday evening that led to the deployment of both the Lee County and Collier County bomb squads didn’t contain anything explosive.

In fact, it didn’t contain anything at all.

The bomb squads X-rayed the suitcase, which was propped up against a pillar, and found that there was nothing in it.

"It was sitting there by itself, completely empty," Naples Police Lt. Greg Gaffney said.

Naples police officers were called to the parking garage near Sears around 5 p.m., and called out the bomb squads. They determined the suitcase was not a threat around 7:45 p.m.

The mall remained open throughout the investigation.

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Naples police officers are investigating a "suspicious suitcase," which was found next to a pole inside the Coastland Center mall parking garage near Sears.

"We just have a couple of officers here to guard the area," Sgt. Jim Goldblatt said. "We called out the Sheriff’s Office’s bomb squad."

Authorities are taking the call seriously, Goldblatt said. The mall remains open.

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