(STUART) The Stuart Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious device found near the front door of the historic Saints Center Wednesday.
The incident was investigated by Stuart Police with the assistance of members from the Iowa State Fire Marshall Office. The suspicious device was secured and transported to a remote location where Stuart officers and State Fire Marshall members took actions to render the device safe. The device will be sent to the Iowa DCI crime laboratory for further testing and evidence collection.
The Stuart Police Department says at this time it appears that the device was inert and a hoax. They are considering this as a device which was purposely placed with the intent to instill fear.
Due to the history of arson at the Saints Center and recent attacks in Boston, the Stuart Police Department is treating this as a serious incident and charges will be filed if a suspect is found.