Police determine suspicious device as false alarm

Investigation finds device part of treasure hunting game

POSTED: 03:16 PM PST Feb 03, 2013    UPDATED: 07:10 PM PST Feb 03, 2013 

A suspicious device found near the 300 block of East Arenas Road was determined to be a false alarm Sunday.

Police were first alerted about the device at 10:30 a.m. by a Hotel Zoso worker. Officers found the device behind a business complex. 

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department Hazardous Device Team was called in and later determined that it was not a danger.

The device turned out to be a geocaching container attached by magnets to the power box, according to police.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game played using GPS devices. According to the game's website, players use a smartphone or GPS to locate hidden containers, called geocaches.

During the investigation, police closed off Calle Encilia, between Arenas Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way, but roads are back open.