Chemicals in apartment turn out to be for jewelry-making

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.

A Saturday afternoon tip that suspicious materials could be found in an apartment at Regency Oaks on Southwest 34th Street led to the voluntary evacuation of some units, though ultimately only a caustic chemical used to make jewelry was found.

Cpl. Tscharna Senn said police received information including pictures that showed suspicious substances. About 20 officers with GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Florida Police Department were at the scene for several hours.

No officers entered the apartment and use of the Sheriff’s Office bomb robot was being considered.

However, the resident returned and gave consent for the apartment to be searched. Senn said the man makes jewelry and had legal, caustic chemicals that are used in the process.

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