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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Suspicious objects found outside a Super 8 hotel in St. Cloud Friday evening were actually anti-theft devices, not bombs, according to the St. Cloud Police Department.

Officers were called to the Super 8 on Park Avenue South just before 7 p.m. Friday. A perimeter was established around the hotel parking lot and patrons were asked to evacuate the building, according to police.

Officers found two items wrapped in aluminum foil. Each had a metal wire sticking out of the top and was making a loud beeping noise. Specialists from the Minneapolis police bomb squad were called to assist at the scene and the group discovered that the items were anti-theft devices used for high-end retail items.

The items had been wrapped in aluminum foil to avoid detection by a store's security system. Once the wire on each device was cut, the alarm activated, creating the beeping noise.

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