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Grenade-like device found in Goodwill donation, bomb squad called

Grenade-Like Device Found in Goodwill Donation

MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) - Goodwill thrives on your donations - but a donation to the Menomonee Falls Goodwill store led to evacuations on Wednesday, August 6th. The Milwaukee Police Department's Bomb Squad was called in, after employees discovered what looked like a grenade.

Police say management staff at the Goodwill store on Water Tower Place in Menomonee Falls reported the suspicious item taken in as a donation around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. A Goodwill Marketing representative told FOX6 News it is believed the item was dropped off on Tuesday night.

The item was described as a "grenade," but investigating officers were unable to determine whether the item was in fact an explosive or a novelty item intended to look like an explosive.

Working with store management, and erring on the side of caution, the store was evacuated for a short time while the Milwaukee Police Department's Bomb Squad responded.

The neighborhood surrounding Goodwill was not affected by these precautions, and the store soon returned to normal business.

The Bomb Squad safely destroyed the item at a safe location away from the store, and found that it was not an explosive device.

"Donations of this sort are very unusual. It was inside other donations. You're not going to know, at that very moment, what is in every single box," Goodwill Assistant Manager Jessica Gonzalez-Moore said.

Gonzalez-Moore says the grenade-like device came in a box full of other stuff.

"Books and miscellaneous items, so nothing would seem unusual," Gonzalez-Moore said.

Management officials tell FOX6 News there was also a knife - possibly military in nature and a large ammunition casing.

Goodwill officials say they figure whoever donated the box either didn't realize the grenade-like object was inside, or they didn't figure the Bomb Squad would be called in, and the store would be evacuated.

"It's a little bit of a concern and a hassle, to say the least," Gonzalez-Moore said.

"You should just call ahead of time and let them know, so there is no issue," Goodwill customer Jackie Hill said.

"This is unusual. It doesn't happen often, which we are grateful for, but it is a good reminder to be careful about what you donate,"

Members of the public are asked to be reminded that items of curiosity, conversation pieces, and other novelty items can be misinterpreted by those not familiar with their origin.

Police say they are interested in finding the person who donated the item - to simply tell them to be more mindful of what they are choosing to donate.

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wizardsking August 07 2014 at 8:10 PM

The workers in this store are absolutely amazing people. I have shopped in the store and found them to be more professional than those in a 5 star store.

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hpycmpr155 wizardsking August 08 2014 at 5:34 AM

I agree.
LOVE Goodwill Stores.

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wr1960 August 07 2014 at 7:10 PM

most likely one of those fake grenade that say take a number... the kind that you buy in a novelty shop

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hurry up dammit August 07 2014 at 6:17 PM

More "BANG" for your buck at Goodwill these days !!!

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pdbliz August 08 2014 at 8:04 AM

GOODWILL...Depends on what state and what store.!!!!!
Birmingham Alabama,,,,if you want a good item,,,you have to give the worker,,,a hand shake with green money in it.!!!!,,Or,,You will not get anything.!!!
75% of Thrift Stors,,,are a sham,,,,,,,as far as Charity ,,,,Most of the money goes in there pockets...
If the store charges TAX,,,,IT IS NOT A 100% CHARITY STORE.!!!

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coopdabomb August 08 2014 at 6:50 AM

Goodwill is soon to be the new Macys with obamanomics at work

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billc7777 August 07 2014 at 9:33 PM

The only thing more scarey than that is a ballot with a hanging chad...

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ectullis August 07 2014 at 6:23 PM

What Good will worker know a grenade from a loaf of bread

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mjmandjpm ectullis August 08 2014 at 9:47 AM

Do you?

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snickellfritzz August 08 2014 at 3:28 AM

What do they do when they get vibrators?

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mjmandjpm snickellfritzz August 08 2014 at 9:48 AM

Why do you ask?

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jackpot1111 August 08 2014 at 9:32 AM

You can buy a NON_Live Grenade at any Army Surplus. What's wrong with one being donated. For the right price I would have bought it. How many of us have seen one sitting on a desk saying "Take a Number" tagged on the pin release ring. OMG this country is sooooo paranoid.

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pdbliz August 08 2014 at 8:06 AM

Sandra,,,,Is a very good employe....

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