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Robot used to check suspicious device in Carpinteria

Drivers, cyclists, walkers and nearby residents were startled Friday when the sheriff’s department closed roads and trails because of a suspicious device.

The object was described as red in color with wires protruding. Taking no chances, deputies shut down the intersection of Carpinteria Avenue and Bailard. Northbound Hwy 101 drivers who exited Bailard to get into downtown Carpinteria were forced back toward the freeway due to the closure. Sgt. Desiree Thome said the Sheriff’s department learned of the item from a citizen who walked into City Hall nearby with the information.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff bomb detection agents brought in a robot that can approach a suspicious device and transmit video back to law enforcement officers.

Thome says with the cameras they ” get a good look at it and also the surrounding areas. They are able to pick it up and manipulate it once they feel like it is safe to do so and get a little more diagnostic information and detailed information on what we are dealing with.”

After that remote video inspection, deputies approached on foot and verified the object was not dangerous.

Cyclists and walkers who enjoy a scenic ocean view on a trail near the Carpinteria Bluffs and Nature Preserve were prevented from using the trail as a precaution until the device was deemed safe.

The item is pictured above, is electrical in nature, but not anything dangerous.

During the investigation someone who was familiar with the item called in to say it was an electrical component, he found it in the roadway and moved it to the shoulder. That helped investigators to determine it was a serious risk. They did continue with a full investigation but the incident ended quickly after the inspection.

The incident was first reported around 10:30 in the morning. Roads and the nearby trail were re-opened about noon.

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