Authorities called after suspicious man attempts to mail packages to FBI
Postal inspectors leading investigation, searching for man who left packages
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Authorities and postal inspectors are investigating two suspicious packages someone was trying to mail to the FBI were left behind Wednesday afternoon at a Miami Beach post office.
Sky 10 was above the post office at 1300 Washington Avenue about 3:15 p.m. as authorities blocked off a portion of the road where the packages were found and evacuated the building.
The FBI, Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews and a city of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue hazardous materials crew were also at the scene.
Miami Department of Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll Jr. said a man came into the post office shortly before 3 p.m. to mail two packages or large envelopes.
Carroll said that an employee thought the man was suspicious for some reason and the man ran off, leaving the packages behind.
Surveillance video captured images of the man, who was wearing a long coat and carrying a backpack.
It's unclear what was inside the packages, but a postal inspector said the contents were not hazardous.
"His behavior was suspicious to the postal employees and so, living in the era of 'see something say something,' the postal employees decided to call (authorities)," postal inspector Blad Rojo said.
Miami Beach police said its bomb squad would inspect the packages after the items were cleared by the hazmat crew.
"We're going on the suspicion of the behavior of the person who was in the post office," Rojo said. "That's what was suspicious to the employees. Now they were addressed to the FBI, so obviously we are in talks with them."
Anyone with information about the identity of the man is asked to call 877-876-2455 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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