Police evacuated the area around a Mountain pizza place after someone left a suspicious suitcase there.

Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a man came to Rymal Pizza and Wings and asked staff if he could leave his large black suitcase there for two minutes. He said he’d be right back.

By 8 p.m., the man still hadn’t come back, and staff called Hamilton police. Officers established a perimeter and evacuated nearby businesses. They shut down Rymal Road between Upper Gage and Upper Ottawa.

The suitcase had clothing and some personal items in it, officers say. As they were clearing the scene, the man came back. He’d met up with a friend, he said, and forgotten he’d left the case.