- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a suspicious beeping device that briefly shuttered a New Jersey shopping mall turned out to be anti-theft device from one of the center’s retail stores.

Washington Township police and Gloucester County authorities were among those who responded to the Cross Keys Commons shopping center around 9 p.m. Friday for reports of a suspicious device.

Officers blocked off the center and evacuated some nearby stores while they investigated the device, which they said had a “loud beep.”

The center was reopened shortly after authorities determined the device didn’t pose a threat.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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