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Suspicious package found at business not hazardous

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 9/04/2013 10:08 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Pontotoc investigators had their hands full as nearly 50 suspicious letters were sent to residents and businesses across the county in just one day.

"This was a big day," said Pontotoc Police Department Chief Larry Poole. "We never got this many in one day."

One letter, however, stood out from the rest.

It was delivered to Pool Specialist, a local business, and contained a white, powdery substance, making it the first letter to contain powder.

After the owner opened the letter, he contacted the police department and told other business owners in the surrounding areas.

"I was just stunned," said Pure Bliss Boutique owner Ashely Weaver. "It's Pontotoc. It's a small town. You wouldn't think that it would happen here."

Weaver said the owner of Pool Specialist informed her immediately.

"After he told me, I went out and checked my mail to make sure I didn't have anything in mine," Weaver explained. "We didn't, thank goodness."

The powder was later tested by a Memphis U.S. Postal Inspector, and he determined the powder was not hazardous, didn't contain poisons and didn't pose a threat to the community.

"He said it looked like something that was made up of household components," Poole said.

Investigators said this isn't the first time an individual or business has received a suspicious letter.

In fact, Poole said it's been happening for over a year and half in Pontotoc County, making the total number of suspicious letters in the hundreds.

Despite the powder being completely harmless, Poole said the person sending the letters is violating the law and is creating a sense of uneasiness in the town.

"It put those people in fear," he said.

Investigators said the person writes in all caps, doesn't provide a return address and types the letter.

Poole said they have a lead and believes all cases are connected.

If you receive a suspicious letter or package, contact the Pontotoc Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.

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