Utah bomb threats may be tied to money scam

Sep 18 2013 - 5:22pm

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Retail stores and pharmacies around Utah and all across the nation received bomb threats in what seems to be a wide-scale hoax Wednesday afternoon.

The Provo Police Bomb Squad responded to a Walgreens and a Rite-Aid after threats were called into the stores.

Several other stores along the Wasatch Front were also called, including Walmarts in Layton, Ogden and Logan.

Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton said that at about 1:15 p.m. someone had called the Layton Walmart's manager demanding $8,000 in prepaid MoneyPak cards or a bomb would go off inside the store.

The manager contacted police instead and the store was evacuated. Police used K-9 units to search the store and parking lot for explosives. Horton said the store was cleared and no bomb was found.

A similar threat was called into the Ogden Walmart, but it was already known to be a hoax and the store was not evacuated, Ogden Lt. Danielle Croyle said.

The FBI is investigating similar calls in Virginia, Vermont, Maine and Georgia, according to Provo police.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227, arivera@standard.net. Follow on Twitter @SE_Andreas.

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