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Suspicious package deemed non-explosive by police at Midland Walmart

A package found at Walmart in Midland was found to be non-explosive by police late this afternoon. The store was in the process of reopening after the incident
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At 4:35 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2019 OPP investigators completed their scene investigation into the suspicious package and deemed it to be a non-explosive item and there is no threat to public safety. The Midland Walmart store staff will be reopening the store shortly for business as usual. Thank you to the Midland Fire Service and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services for assisting and to the members of the public for their patience during the store closure and investigation.

Officers will be continuing their investigation into this matter and if you have any information on this occurrence or other crimes please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.

Original release

MIDLAND - The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) is attending the scene at the Walmart on Highway 12 in Midland in response to a report of a suspicious package at the store.

Staff contacted the OPP at approximately 1:30 p.m. and advised that they were in the process of evacuating the employees and shoppers as a precaution.

In the interest of public safety, the OPP has established a perimeter around the area of the store and are restricting access to the area until further notice. The public is being asked to stay away from Walmart at this time.

The OPP investigation is continuing and further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Anyone who may have information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).