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'Hoax device' found in vehicle at Queens mall; dog rescued: NYPD

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Police investigate suspicious package in Queens
Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 14:22:31-05

ELMHURST, Queens — Police rescued a dog from a reported suspicious vehicle at a Queens shopping center Monday morning, according to the NYPD.

Authorities were called after 7:30 a.m. for a suspicious vehicle at the Queens Place Mall in the Elmhurst area of the borough, police said.

Authorities arrived to find propane tanks and wires protruding from a Tesla vehicle located at a circular driveway to get into and out of the mall's parking lots.

Officers who descended on the scene found a husky locked inside the car, authorities said.

The dog was rescued and police determined the suspicious package to be a "hoax device," according to the NYPD.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives continue to investigate the incident and the vehicle involved.

Occupants in the mall and nearby multiple dwelling buildings were evacuated during investigation, but have since been cleared to return to normal operations.

Video of the scene showed streets in the surrounding area blocked off with police tape.

Police advised motorists to expect traffic delays in the area during the investigation.

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the name of the mall.