LaGrange Police are investigating a suspected hoax bomb that was planted behind a local convenience store.
Saturday afternoon, around 2:36 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Speedy Serve fuel station on Whitesville Street in reference to reports of a suspicious package.
Officers arrived and were directed to a small field behind the store where an employee had discovered the item partially buried in the ground.
Police found what appeared to be a potential explosive device, so the area was evacuated, and a crime scene was established. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was contacted to investigate the potential explosive device.
The GBI Unit responded to the scene, inspected the device, and determined that it was counterfeit. The item was collected by the Explosives Unit and turned over to the LaGrange Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section for further investigation.
If anyone has any further information concerning this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603. Anonymous tips can be left with the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706 812-1000.