Out of Oklahoma comes another story about a cache being blown up under suspicion it’s a bomb. While I can understand this being the case a year ago, or in a location that hasn’t had this problem occur before, I’m baffled at why law enforcement isn’t smart enough to spend 30 seconds searching http://www.geocaching.com to see if there’s a cache hidden at that exact location? I guess law enforcement doesn’t know the old adage of “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
By Alice Collinsworth
EDMOND â€” It wasnâ€™t a good day for geocacher Diane Surtees when friends told her the police were looking for her.
Surtees is hardly the type to plant an incendiary device, but her â€œChicken Lipsâ€ Geocaching package â€” made from a paintball tube, wrapped in camouflage tape and attached to a tree â€” looked like a pipe bomb to a passerby, who called police.
hicken Lips, one of about 100 caches in Edmond, was hidden near a church and a school, adding to the finderâ€™s suspicions. Bomb squad technicians rushed to the scene, and the package was eventually blown apart. Inside, officers found a spiral notebook, plastic toys, an Oklahoma rose rock and a card identifying Surteesâ€™ caching name, â€œOkie Rose Rocks.â€
But two explosives technicians, four patrol officers and one supervisor had spent at least 90 minutes at the Chicken Lips scene, along with the bomb squadâ€™s investigative robot. Sgt. Scott Fees, supervisor of the Edmond Police Department bomb squad, estimated the cost in man hours and expenses at $800.
Chicken Lips was the second geocache incident in Edmond in the past year, Fees said.
The sportâ€™s popularity is increasing rapidly nationwide, but law enforcement officers arenâ€™t entirely happy with the trend.