Sacto 9-1-1
December 1, 2011
Suspicious box at Camino church turns out to be a donation

The Three Wise Men didn't have to label their gold, frankincense and myrrh, but in these days of terrorism fears, it's a good idea to label gifts - including those left at churches.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a suspicious package - a taped, unmarked cardboard box - at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Camino Tuesday, Sheriff's officials reported.

After a bomb squad robot was unable to identify the contents, a technician suited up and x-rayed the package, revealing that it contained books.

A specialized tool was used to open the box and confirm its contents.

"Donations are a way for all of us to help someone who may be less fortunate," according to a release on the incident from the Sheriff's Office. "When making a donation to charitable organizations please consider marking the exterior of the package appropriately so not to alarm the recipients and potentially activate emergency response."

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