Customers and employees at the Boise Towne Square mall were evacuated at about 1 p.m. on Friday as police investigated reports of two “suspicious” men inside the shopping center.
Several people called 911 to report their concerns about the men, one of whom was wearing “suspicious gear and clothing,” police said in a press release. He had on a camouflage vest under a white suit jacket, with wires sticking out of it. The wires were later determined to be phone chargers.
The calls begin coming in to Ada County Emergency Dispatch at about 12:25 p.m. Callers reported that “two subjects were looking around suspiciously and behaving suspiciously,” Boise police spokeswoman Haley Williams told the Statesman.
A group of women standing near an outside entrance to Macy’s while the police investigation was ongoing said they thought they heard some sort of alarm, or beeping, before a police officer came into the store and calmly asked them to exit the building. They were allowed back into the store at about 1:30 p.m.
Both of the “suspicious subjects” were briefly detained while a police explosive ordinance detection technician and an explosives detection dog investigated the scene. They found nothing and determined it was safe.