WOODBURN, Ore. (KOIN) -- A robbery suspect dropped a suspicious item at a La Caseta De Tarjeta, a cash checking station in Woodburn Thursday afternoon.
Ronald Galvez told KOIN 6 News he was in the money exchange store helping train employees when the suspect came in, demanding money around noon.
"He came in with a bunch of clothes on. He had a green construction-type jacket with a hoodie and gloves," Glavez said. "Once he got to the window, he looked at us, he had a mask, he had a sign up to the window and said 'please give me all the money or I'll shoot you' ... The owners didn't want to give him the money. He asked again and started lighting up some stuff and I think a bomb or something... He was making it seem like a bomb."
Galvez said it looked like something covered in black tape with a fuse, but the employees didn't think it was actually going to explode.
Jason Horton with Woodburn police said the suspect fled the scene, leaving the smoking item behind. Witnesses said it didn't cause much damage.
The Oregon State Police bomb squad used a bomb robot and rendered the device safe. Police did not say whether the device was actually an explosive.
The building houses a check cashing businesses and a Greyhound bus stop.
Police are still looking for the suspect. They don't believe he is armed or a danger to the public.
Horton said situations like this can be particularly tense in Woodburn as they bring up fearful memories of the 2008 bank bombing that killed an Oregon State Police trooper and Woodburn police officer. But officials said thankfully, today's incident was nothing like that.
"In this town, anytime a bomb squad is called, it'll drum up some emotions," Horton said. "I think this was a vastly different situation than what happened in 2008 and I think being almost 9 years past that date, it's not as fresh, the wounds aren't as fresh, but it definitely piques the interest when a bomb squad is called."
Anyone with information about the suspect should call Woodburn police at 503.982.2345.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.
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