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Item reported at Westridge Midtown Market nonthreatening

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Photo by Allie Mills
This photo is taken from the back corner of the Westridge Market lot, looking toward Ojai Avenue Friday. A bomb team with X-ray equipment was dispatched to examine a cardboard box with wires and a battery in a shopping cart at the market. Capt. John Wright of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said:  "It was not a threatening object whatsoever. There was no threat whatsoever." He added that, from all indications, it also was "not left there to be a threat."
A cardboard box containing a battery and wires, reported to be suspicious at Westridge Midtown Market in Ojai on Oct. 25, was determined not to be a threat, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. John Wright.
“It ended up being nothing,” Wright said. "It was not a threatening object whatsoever. There was no threat whatsoever." He added that it also was "not left there to be a threat."
Wright said that even though it turned out to be nothing, the market employees “did a really good job” in reporting something they initially thought might be suspicious.
He said the Sheriff’s Office was notified at about 6:38 p.m. and the box was determined not to be a threat by about 9:30 p.m.
At 8:40 p.m., Ojai Police Chief James Fryhoff posted an announcement on the Ojai Police Emergency Facebook page, stating: "Our deputies are on scene at Westridge Market regarding a suspicious device. Our bomb team is now on scene and evaluating the device. Please avoid the area."
The market is at 131 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. After determining there was no problem, deputies removed the yellow crime tape and everything returned to normal.
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