The discovery of a suspicious package – an empty ‘Elf on the Shelf’ box – left on a trash can of the Royal Farms in Bel Air led to the evacuation of the convenience store and deployment of a robot at the scene.
Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Route 1 and Route 543 in Bel Air for a report of a suspicious package at the single-story commercial business.
The suspicious package was discovered by a customer on top of a trash can outside the store. A bomb squad robot was deployed to determine the contents of the package, which contained empty packaging materials.
The store and parking lot were temporarily evacuated during the on-scene examination. Traffic in the area was held briefly during deployment of the robot.