The Queens Place Mall was evacuated on Monday after people saw a suspicious package of wires and gas tanks in an abandoned parked car.
Police evacuated the Elmhurst mall and the surrounding area and sent a bomb squad to examine the car.
The bomb squad ultimately concluded the device was a hoax.
Police rescued a dog from the vehicle, and FoxNews 5 reported that the suspect had been living in the car with a dog.
The car had Nevada license plates, but it was unknown if the car had been stolen in Nevada or New York.
Updated Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:45 am .