Mandeville bomb threats part of scam, police say

Mandeville bomb threats part of scam, police say

Mandeville bomb threats part of scam, police say

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 3:24 PM

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MANDEVILLE, La. -- Police say two businesses were the targets of bomb threats with the caller demanding money in each instance, according to the Mandeville Police. The threats were part of a national scam.

Around 12 p.m., police were called to the CVS at in the block of 2900 of Highway 190. The manager called police, saying he received an anonymous call of a bomb threat. The manager said a man with a foreign accent "demanded a green dot card loaded with $4,000 or else he would detonate a bomb he claimed to have placed in the pharmacy," police said.

The store manager hung up on the caller and evacuated the store.

Around 1 p.m., an employee from K-Mart on Highway 190 called Mandeville Police, reporting a similar incident as the CVS.

"In both instances responding officers and detectives determined in short order that the incidents are related to a larger nationwide scam directed at businesses for the sole purpose of financial gain. Neither threat was found credible," Mandeville Police said.

 

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