FARMINGTON — A 43-year-old man who police said robbed a bank in Layton, also claimed to have left a bomb at a Clearfield business that same day.
Michael Dale Prothero appeared in 2nd District Court on Thursday before Judge Thomas L. Kay.
Prothero entered not guilty pleas to the second-
degree felony terroristic threat charge. That charge was filed Sept. 27 by Clearfield police.
Another court hearing is set for Nov. 1.
According to court documents, an employee at Lifetime Products in Clearfield on Aug. 10 received a call from a man who said, “I just delivered a bomb to your building.”
Minutes later, the same man called Clearfield Police Dispatch saying there was a bomb at the business. Employees were evacuated from the building while Clearfield police officers, North Davis Fire District and the Hill Air Force Base Military Police with bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building.
Police subpoenaed phone records and found a phone number associated with Prothero that came in to Lifetime Products and also to Clearfield dispatch, according to court documents.
Layton police had already arrested Prothero on Aug. 13 and charged him with second-degree felony robbery and class A misdemeanor theft.
Police said Prothero had robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2050 N. Main St., in Layton, on Aug. 10, just before he made the calls to Lifetime Products and Clearfield dispatch.
Prothero pleaded not guilty to those charges Aug. 30.
According to court documents, police found Prothero at a homeless shelter Aug. 13 in Salt Lake City after a news report showed a photo of the bank robbery suspect.
Police also found a book bag, which they searched. Inside it were prescriptions, plus “tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical bills in his name,” according to the documents.
Prothero is being held in Davis County Jail on no bail.