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Harmless anti-theft security item was "suspicious device"

AMHERST - A suspicious, cell-phone sized device, found behind the Cider Mill convenience store early Thursday evening, turned out to be harmless - an improperly disposed of anti-theft security item, police said.

Both police officers and firefighters went to the 278 Route 101 store about 6:30 p.m. after 911 was called for a "suspicious device" being found near a garbage bin.

Officers were unable to positively identify the device and requested help from the Nashua Police Department's bomb squad.

Police and fire secured the scene and briefly closed down the lower end of Horace Greeley Road, while the bomb squad assessed the situation.

According to Nashua police, the item was about six inches in length, heavily taped and emitting an audible sound. It was destroyed in accordance with "response protocol," according to an Amherst police news release.

Nashua police said it turned out to be an improperly disposed of anti-theft security item that contained no explosives.

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