Police Chief Roberts says department is 'erring on side of caution' after 11:36 a.m. call

A suspicious device found earlier this morning at the Goodwill on HIghway 26 has been deemed "inert and harmless" by the Portland Metro Explosive Device Unit.

Bomb experts were called to the Sandy Goodwill, 37151 Highway 26, at 11:36 a.m. Thursday, after police received a report from a Goodwill employee, saying a donation they had accepted was "thought was an obvious fake type of explosive." The Goodwill and neighboring businesses were temporarily evacuated, while police investigated the incident.

"We don't take any chances on that," Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts told The Post. "We always err on the side of caution. It's hard to tell just by looking at these things. You have to treat these situations all the same."

The item was taken as evidence.

"In this case, the employee did what we hope all people will do in these types of situations," the department said in a statement. "If you see a suspicious package or device, leave it alone. Clear people out of the immediate area, and call 911."

Police are seeking the public's assistance to find any further information on who may have donated the device. Those with any information should call the Sandy Police Tip Line at 503-489-2195.

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