Cops: Nothing suspicious in package found in Commack

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A Staples supply store in Commack was briefly evacuated Friday as Suffolk County police officers investigated the report of a suspicious package in the parking lot outside the store.

Police said they could not immediately confirm details of the incident, but said an inspection of the package by officers found nothing suspicious.

A man, believed to homeless, was detained at the scene after he crossed into an area cordoned off by yellow crime scene tape and began to unlatch a lock on the bag, police said.

The man, wearing a New York Jets hat, was stopped by officers at gunpoint. He was questioned and released.

The situation was reported in a 911 call at 10:04 a.m. citing a "backpack" outside the store.

Emergency Services Unit officers were sent to investigate. Second Precinct officers and state troopers also responded.

The store is on Jericho Turnpike in a complex it shares with a Home Depot. Home Depot stores were recently targeted in what authorities called a $2-million extortion plot.

This situation is unrelated, police said.

On Thursday a Deer Park man admitted in court to a plan to explode pipe bombs at three Long Island Home Depot stores as part of that plot.

Daniel Sheehan, 50, a part-time employee at the chain's Deer Park store, was arrested Wednesday and authorities said he told them he had planted a pipe bomb inside a Huntington Home Depot on New York Avenue. That bomb was found in the store on Oct. 15.

If convicted, Sheehan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 30 years in prison -- and a maximum of life.

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