A building Desjardins evacuated in Lévis because of a box of food

Un édifice de Desjardins évacué à Lévis en raison d'une boîte de denrées alimentaires

“They have not taken a chance. They regarded it as suspicious and they contacted us”, says Jean-Sebastian Levan, spokesperson of the police force of Lévis.

23 December 2019 18h02

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A building Desjardins evacuated in Lévis because of a box of food

Un édifice de Desjardins évacué à Lévis en raison d'une boîte de denrées alimentaires

Marc Allard

The Sun

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A building of the Desjardins group Lévis was evacuated, Monday morning, following the discovery of a suspicious package. Finally, it was… boxes of food.

To 7: 35, the security Service of Desjardins contacted the police de Lévis to advise that two cardboard boxes stacked one on the other had been spotted at the entrance to the 6500, boulevard Guillaume-Couture, where is Desjardins Insurance. On the boxes, one could read “a happy Christmas”.

“They have not taken a chance. They regarded it as suspicious and they contacted us”, says Jean-Sebastian Levan, spokesperson of the police force of Lévis.

The police have erected a security perimeter. Between 35 and 45 people were evacuated. At this hour early and just before the Holidays, the majority of the 250 employees who worked in this building had not arrived.

“Subsequently, the decision was taken to open the boxes, and it was food that had been left there,” says Mr. Levan.

“It is a lot of fear for not much. But at the same time, there is not likely to take given the circumstances,” he said in reference to the theft of data affecting about 4.2 million members of Desjardins.

The evacuation was lifted around 8: 50am. The employees were able to return to work.

The Mouvement Desjardins has preferred not to comment on the intervention of Monday morning, saying they are always vigilant regarding suspicious packages.

“In order not to harm the effectiveness of the security measures that surround the buildings and the safety of our employees, we will not comment more on our various actions and our response capacity,” says Jean-Benoît Turcotti, a spokesperson for the Desjardins group.

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