By Ian Martens on January 22, 2021.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with a pair of incidents after the Lethbridge police station was forced to close Thursday morning as officers dealt with a suspicious package left in the building.
Police say around 10:15 a.m. they were alerted to a man who was said to have thrown a package into the front vestibule of the police station before fleeing the scene on a bicycle.
Police say a suspect was apprehended a short time later.
Officers were seen posted in front of the property as the explosive disposal unit deployed a mobile remote controlled unit into the main entryway. A cardboard box, covered in what appeared to be messages written in black marker, was carried outside and dismantled by the remote unit.
Once the package was determined not to be an explosive the Lethbridge fire department’s hazardous material unit was able to verify the package contained no hazardous materials and the station was reopened to the public.
Police say they had also been looking into an earlier incident in which a fire was said to have been set in a planter outside the police station on Wednesday morning and further investigation indicated the same person believed to be responsible for the fire was also the suspect involved in the suspicious package incident.
“The Lethbridge Police Service takes these types of incidents seriously. The safety of our employees and community is our top priority,” said Insp. Jason Walper in a press release sent out Friday.
Police have charged Kyle Glen Lowe of Lethbridge with arson, mischief, four counts of failure to comply with release conditions, and intimidation of justice.
Police say Lowe was remanded in custody and was to appear in court today.
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