CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A suspicious toolbox found in a trash can near City Hall was found empty, according to the Charleston Police Department. The City of Charleston Police Department Explosive Devices Team responded to Meeting and Broad Streets on Wednesday, November 9 in reference to the incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Charleston Police Department are now investigating twelve letters received by several hotels, Emanuel AME Church, and the James Island County Park — at different times in October, referencing racial violence in the City of Charleston.
The majority of those letters were reported to police between November 1 and November 4, 2016, according to a news release. A letter was also received by Vendue Inn on Vendue Range on November 8.
All the letters were mailed from outside the United States.
“Law enforcement officials always take these situations seriously and are working to identify the individual or individuals responsible for the letters,” Charleston Police said in a statement.
Investigators are still working to identify who may have mailed the letter or any specific, credible threats.
The Charleston Police Department is also investigating vandalism of the Wade Hampton monument in Marion Square.
It was discovered by city employees at 8 a.m., November 8.
A black permanent marker was used to vandalize the monument.
The Charleston County Judicial Center, which includes the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and the Charleston County Courthouse, received four bomb threats on November 8. Law Enforcement searched the buildings and they were deemed safe.
None of the buildings were evacuated.
If you have any information on any of the incidents mentioned, call Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-duty CPD detective.
Meantime, in addition to security plans for the ongoing trials Slager and Roof trials, authorities say high visibility patrols and officer ‘Walk and Talks’ will take place regularly throughout the city.
Officials ask that if you see or hear anything you feel is suspicious or concerning, call 911 immediately and alert law enforcement.