On September 20, 2016 at 1:12 p.m., Galloway Township Police received a 911 phone call in reference to a suspicious ticking package located inside of a trash receptacle.
The trash receptacle was directly in front of 45 S. New York Rd. Upon arrival, patrol units immediately secured the area and began an evacuation of all the surrounding businesses, to include a daycare center that was caring for infants and toddlers at the time.
After the area was safely evacuated, Galloway Twp. Police requested assistance from the following agencies; Atlantic City Police Bomb Squad, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Stockton State College Police Department, Oceanville Fire Company, Galloway Twp. Ambulance Squad and Galloway Twp. Public Works.
After an investigation by the Atlantic City Police Bomb Squad the device was deemed non explosive and removed from the area. The shopping center was then reopened to the public.
Ptl. Justin Butler is conducting the investigation along with the assistance of Det. William Schroer. Galloway Twp. Police would like to thank all participating agencies for their quick response and assistance.