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Suspicious Packages Found Outside of Valley West Mall Filled with Clothes

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The suspicious packages outside of the Younkers store at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines were filled with clothes, according to authorities.

Police were initially investigating several suspicious packages that were found in the parking lot of the store around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The bomb squad was on the scene and x-rayed the boxes, before determining there was clothes inside them and they were not harmful.

The store and the mall were still open during the investigation and police tape was also surrounding the parking lot.

A similar incident happened on April 1. A bomb squad was called to the mall parking lot after someone reported seeing a person drop a bag in the parking lot and then walk away. The bag was inspected and deemed safe.