Bogus Bomb Threats Target Wal-Marts across Maine, Other States

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Bogus Bomb Threats Target Wal-Marts across Maine, Other States


Bayly, Julia, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)


FORT KENT, Maine -- Wal-Mart stores in Maine were among an unspecified number of stores across several states receiving bogus automated bomb threat calls Saturday night through early Sunday morning, according to a company spokesman.

Several of the stores in Maine were evacuated Saturday night for a time while law enforcement and store staff conducted searches for anything unusual on the premises.

"This is unfortunately something that happens during busy time periods," Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said Sunday morning from the corporation's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. "People looking to disrupt our business generate these kinds of calls."

Calls started coming in to police departments around the state, including Houlton, Bangor, Calais and Biddeford, around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Houlton police Chief Joe McKenna. The police chief said Saturday night that Wal-Mart management staff told him eight Maine stores were affected.

"We take any kind of situation like this seriously," Nick said. "We handle them on a case-by-case basis."

On Sunday, Nick said he did not have a tally of how many of Wal- Mart's 4,500 stores around the country received the calls or in what states.

Media reports indicated stores in New York, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wyoming and Idaho were among those that received the threats.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sunday as many as 11 Maine Wal-Marts were targets of the threats. He was unsure of those how many were actually evacuated.

Maine State Police personnel -- some with bomb sniffing dogs -- assisted local police in searching the stores, McCausland said.

"This was not unique to Maine," he said. "Several states were hit and we are coordinating with other agencies for information."

McCausland said the nature and scope of the incident indicates an organized attack that came from outside of Maine.

"This was really an organized effort but there are not many details," he said. "It was unique and most likely originated in another state and we happened to be a part of it."

Nick said this is not the first time the company has dealt with bogus threats.

"We have had some computer-generated threats in past years," he said. "It always seems to happen at busy times."

This past Friday, or "Black Friday," marked the traditional start to the holiday shopping season and Wal-Mart stores were packed with bargain-seeking shoppers. …

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