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Suspicious package investigation at downtown business a false alarm

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Posted at 5:18 AM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 08:29:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A suspicious package investigation Wednesday morning outside a restaurant on the west side of Downtown Indianapolis turned out to be a false alarm, police said.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a business alarm just after 3 a.m. at Donatos Pizza in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue near the IUPUI campus.

A customer reported to police they found what appeared to be a PVC pipe with wires in the drive-thru area. Police responded to the scene and the bomb squad was called to investigate.

An IMPD officer said the pipe was part of an improvised drive-thru sensor to let employees know a customer drove up to the building. The pipe was put in place after the sensor became damaged.

A street closure was in place around Martin Luther King Boulevard, West 10th Street and University Boulevard during the investigation.

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This pipe that is part of an improvised drive thru system at Donatos Pizza in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue led to a suspicious package investigation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

WRTV reporter Troy Washington and photographer Eldon Wheeler contributed to this report.