A suspicious ticking sound coming from inside a package at a Warrensburg, Mo., post office Wednesday morning prompted an evacuation and a police investigation.
The culprit? An alarm clock, sent through the mail to a college student.
A post office employee had noticed the tick-tock sound and called police shortly after 8 a.m., according to Warrensburg Police Chief Rich Lockhart.
As officers headed to the post office at 201 East Gay St., staff placed the package in a plastic container on a rear loading dock and began leaving the building.
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Police completed the evacuation and investigated the package. The return address led them to the sender, a parent of a college student, who confirmed the contents were safe.
Employees at the post office were able to return to work a short time later.
Lockhart, formerly a major at the Kansas City Police Department, said he had seen some suspicious packages in this 27 years in law enforcement, but couldn’t remember another ticking alarm clock.
“It’s very unusual,” Lockhart said. “It’s something that you really don’t see that much in these times.
“The lesson of the day is, send a little cash,” he said.
And let the student buy an alarm clock at a store.