+gnbrotz Posted November 6, 2004 Share Posted November 6, 2004 I just thought I'd share my recent experience involving the PA State Police and one of my caches. While a bit of a minor inconvenience, it was a far cry from some of the stories we've seen of caches being blown up. Last Sunday I received the following in an e-mail: On 10/31/04 I was called to check a suspicious ammo box on ----------------------------- Covered Bridge (edited to protect final location of multi-cache) in South West Madison Township, Perry County. The caller believed that this ammo box could be some type of explosive. Trooper Jon KLINE and I responded to this location, only to discover that this ammo box was a Geocache game piece. In these modern times where there is a threat of terrorism, I do not think that it is appropriate to hide an ammo can under a bridge. This can was taken to the Pennsylvania State Police Newport Station, telephone #717-567-3110. Refer to incident number H05-1435916. Contact me to make arrangements to get this can back. I replied: Trooper Bennett, Thank you for contacting me in regards to this cache. I understand your concerns about the container. I have been a geocacher for a little over three years and have hidden 13 caches. In this time, have used a variety of containers depending on the location of the cache. I felt that due to the very rural nature of the location, and my attempt to keep the cache hidden out of the site of "non-searchers", an ammo can would be a good choice for this location. That cache had been hidden for almost two and a half years, and I was just at the bridge to replace the cache last weekend after it was washed away during the heavy rains about 5 weeks ago. I work from 6:30 am until 3:00 pm Monday - Friday, though I am typically off by noon on Fridays. That might be the best time for me to come up (I'm in Chambersburg). I tried contacting you by phone upon receipt of your e-mail, but you were already gone for the day, so I am replying by e-mail so that this matter can be resolved as promptly as possible. Would it be a problem in your mind if a brought a different, less "questionable" type of container along and transferred the items for re-hiding? If you have any other questions about geocaching in general, I'd be glad to answer them as best I can. You can also check out the home of geocaching on the internet at www.geocaching.com. Sincerely, Greg Rotz "gnbrotz" I then received this response: You can pick this ammo box up any time you wish. Refer to incident number H05-1435916 and to inventory number H5-7155. I spoke with other officers at the station. Our main concern is getting calls of suspicious items and having to waste manpower on incidents like this. This is the only call that I am aware of in the last 2 years at this location. If you can find a better hiding place on the bridge or like you said a less “questionable” type of container, we would appreciate it. Yesterday, I picked up the cache. They were a little bit curious, so I explained it to them. While I don't think any of them are rushing out to participate, they were absolutely respectful and not condescending in any way. I also asked for, and received, a PA S.P. patch to add to the cache. I have transferred the items into a rubbermaid container and placed it back where it belongs. Quote Link to comment
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