Suspicious device found at Ye Olde Wine Shoppe

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Police investigate a suspicious device found in the window of Ye Olde Wine Shoppe on Church Street.

A suspicious device resembling a military mortar shell was inert, according to police.

A passerby saw the device in the window of Ye Olde Wine Shoppe, 72 Church Street Jan. 5 around 2:55 p.m.

“We’re pretty confident it’s safe,” Lt. Robert Harrison said as the bomb squad finished up their investigation.

Police evacuated the area and called a bomb squad from the Connecticut State Police, according to Harrison.

Police closed Church Street between Rubber Avenue and Park Place, but reopened the street around 5:30 p.m.

Police will continue to investigate why the device was placed in the window, Harrison said.

The store has been closed for several months. Christopher Clark, the store’s owner, owes $5,474.42 in property taxes dating back to 2006, according to tax records.

This is not the first bomb scare involving Clark.

He was arrested Dec. 16 and is currently awaiting a Jan. 19 court date to respond to charges of illegal possession of explosives and failure to keep narcotics in the original container, according to court records.