CBS News October 30, 2018, 12:31 AM Robot checks suspicious package in Pasadena U-Haul lot as surrounding area evacuated

Robot can be seen checking out suspicious package in center of U-Haul parking lot in Pasadena, California on night of October 29, 2018

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PASADENA — Police were checking out a suspicious package and vehicle at a U-Haul parking lot in Pasadena Monday night, CBS Los Angeles reports. Pasadena police responded to a call for a suspicious package around 5:45 p.m. While police were investigating, officers found a suspicious vehicle nearby.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad robot was near several trailers in the parking lot.

Several surrounding streets in the area were shut down and nearby businesses — including hotels –were evacuated. The media were being kept 3,000 feet away, and the police command post was set up several blocks away.

Gold Line commuter train service was interrupted, since the tracks run parallel to the rental center.

A portion of the 110 Freeway was closed in both directions as a precaution.

It wasn't immediately clear why the package or vehicle were deemed suspicious. It was first spotted by U-Haul employees.

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