Suspicious package at Oxford theater ‘not dangerous’

By Errol Castens/Daily Journal
OXFORD – A suspicious package found in the parking lot of the Malco Theater turned out to be a false alarm.
Kevin Stark, assistant chief of Oxford Police Department, said a suspicious package that caused the closing and evacuation of the Malco Studio Cinema movie complex was proven not to be dangerous. The Tupelo Fire Department bomb squad investigated the parcel and found it to be non-threatening to public safety.
Stark said the precaution was not superfluous.
“I’d much rather be safe,” he said.
Oxford Police and Oxford Fire Department personnel, along with the FBI and ATF, evacuated all of theater’s customers and employees from the Malco Theater complex at Oxford Mall after the suspicious package was discovered in front of the theater around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
About three hours later, authorities gave the all-clear signal.
Malco, based in Memphis, said little about the incident. Responding to early comments on Twitter about the situation, the company said, “parking lot sit. & authorities are onsite. Pls stay clear of area until further notice.”
In a later tweet, Malco said, “… Customer safety and security is priority #1.”
errol.castens@journalinc.com