Cookies, auto parts close Vail parking structure |

Cookies, auto parts close Vail parking structure

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS parking structure KA 09-09-10

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Transportation Center has reopened after a two-and-a-half hour closure because of “suspicious incidents.”

The first involved a vehicle left running on the second level parking area which had suspicious items in the cab. The items were determined to be used auto parts and the vehicle was not deemed a threat. The vehicle was removed from the parking structure.

The second incident involved a package left beside a separate vehicle on the third-level parking area. Vail Police were able to contact the owner of the vehicle and determined the package contained only cookies.

The parking structure was closed for approximately two and a half hours during the incident and re-opened at 4:26 p.m. Occupants of the Transportation Center also were evacuated as a precaution.

A local citizen called in the two packages as being suspicious, Vail Police Sgt. Chris Botkins said.

Vail Police, the Vail Fire Department, town of Vail Public Works and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded.

The town also called the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, and the Jefferson County SWAT Team’s bomb dog and bomb squad for help with assessing the situation.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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