Bomb threat closes down White Plains streets

Police say a suspicious man claimed he had a bomb in his briefcase. (5/8/14)

WHITE PLAINS - A suspicious man who claims he had a bomb in his briefcase brought a part of White Plains to a standstill this morning.

Police say the suspicious man stopped a passerby and wanted to know where the courthouses were, claiming he had a bomb in his briefcase. Police say the thinly built white man was in his 30s or 40s, was wearing shorts and rolling a red briefcase.

Authorities were alerted and closed some streets near Martine Avenue and the Westchester Galleria. No evacuations were ordered. "You can never be too careful in this day and age. When you see something say something," said Public Safety Commissioners David Chong.

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The man with the briefcase was never found, but no bomb was ever discovered and there is no danger to the public. Anyone with further information is asked to call White Plains police.

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