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Robot Put To Work In Modesto

Modesto police put their new hazardous duty robot to work for the first time Friday 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.

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.