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February 7, 2013

Afghan money, ammo found in truck

Police say items found in returned U-Haul vehicle harmless

SALISBURY — FBI agents, the state police bomb squad and local police converged on the U-Haul business in Salisbury yesterday after employees found handgun ammunition, gasoline cans and Afghanistan currency in one of their trucks, police said.

The scene unfolded around 3 p.m. at the U-Haul location in Crossroads Plaza at Route 110 and Merrill Street.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said the items, which were quickly determined to be harmless, belonged to a U.S. reservist who had recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The truck had been rented by the solider and taken to New Hampshire where he had been staying.

When the truck became overdue, U-Haul employees tracked it down and towed it back to the Salisbury branch. Upon searching the truck, employees found the suspicious items, Fowler said.

“(Suspicious) enough for the U-Haul folks to contact us,” Fowler said.

Fowler said the solider had forgotten he had left the suspicious items in the truck.

At no time was the public in danger and the store remained open as law enforcement officials conducted their inspection of the items.

Fowler added the FBI and bomb squad personnel were called as a precaution.

“We’d rather be safe than sorry,” Fowler said.

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