Man Arrested for Postal Scare

by Christopher O'Brien

WolcottPoliceCarWolcott Police have made an arrest in connection with a bomb scare that shut down the center of town Thursday afternoon. Michael Spillane of Oakville has been charged with 1st degree Breach of Peace Friday morning after a briefcase left under a counter at the Post Office caused alarm. He was being held on a $7,500 bond, says Police spokesman Capt. Domenic Angilillo. Local police responded to the post office shortly after 4:00 pm Thursday to investigate the suspicious package while volunteer firefighters cordoned off the center of town and evacuated residences and businesses in the area. An ambulance remained in the area as a precaution as State Police bomb technicians and a specialized dog inspected and then opened the package.

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The panic started when a post office customer noticed a suitcase under a counter with the words “Explosive, radioactive, fatal” on it. The words “Danger top secret” and “Do not touch” were also written on it, according to a report in the Waterbury Republican American. The patron alerted a postal clerk who called police. The chain reaction of emergency responders, closure of the central business area at the height of the evening rush hour and uncertainty of the potential risk of the suitcase led to the Breach of Peace charge. Police say that information found in the suitcase led police to Spillane’s arrest.

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Contact information for Spillane was unavailable Friday afternoon. His case will be heard on August 29th at Waterbury Superior Court and he is being represented by a public defender.

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