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Suspicious suitcase held fantasy board game pieces

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New London - A suspicious suitcase in a trash can that closed a portion of State Street Saturday for two hours contained 24 plastic fantasy warfare action pieces, police said Monday.

After receiving the report of the suitcase, which contained a threatening message, police blocked off State Street from Huntington to Washington Street and asked residents of the first four floors of the Mohican apartment building to move to the opposite north side of the building. Occupants of the Thames Club and of 300 State St. were asked to move to the opposite south side of those buildings.

The state police bomb squad were called in and determined that there were no explosives in the suitcase.

The suitcase is described as a red hard-sided piece of luggage which was about 18 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 6 inches deep. The warfare pieces were about 1 inch high and were designed for use on a table top or board game.

The message was scrawled on the outside of the bag in block lettering using a sharp pointed tool or ball point pen, police said. Police would not say what the threatening message was as the case remains under investigation.

The incident is under investigation and video from nearby businesses are being reviewed.

Anyone with information is asked to call New London Police detectives at (860) 447-1481.

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