Modesto police put their new hazardous duty robot to work for the first time yesterday morning. A woman walking her dog near a mobile home park spotted a suspicious looking cylinder inside the water meter box shortly before 6:00 in the morning.
Officers evacuated about 60 residents, and sent the robot in to retrieve the object. It was detonated in an isolated area. Investigators say it appeared to be a Holiday prank, but could have caused injuries. Anybody who can help catch the culprits is being asked to call Modesto police.