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The Owosso Police Department is investigating a suspicious package that was left at the door step of a church.

Police were sent to the Owosso Assembly of God in the 1100 block of N. Shiawassee Street Sunday morning, March 17.

"I just couldn't believe it'd be us," Pastor Kenneth Herbruck said.

Herbruck's wife saw a car parked near the church, but it drove away. That's when something caught her eye.

"She noticed a bag, couple of bags by the front door," Herbruck said.

Chief Kevin Lenkart said when officers arrived they saw a big canvas bag containing a water jug, wires connected to a timer and plugged into an outside socket.

"I was trying to figure out what the purpose of the timer was and what this was all about. But I didn't want to open the bag because I didn't know what it was and so I thought this is something beyond me. So I called the police," Herbruck said.

The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was called in to help investigate the package.

Lenkart said there were also odd items including expired food left by the suspect.

Police said the device was not capable of being an explosive.

While the investigation is ongoing, police are trying to determine if there was a malicious intent behind this incident.

"We're going to be much more conscious of things around here and also locking doors during service," Herbruck said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Owosso Police Department.

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