Police: phone threat to Wyoming Walmart not the only one in state

WYOMING, Mich.  — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety says the Walmart Supercenter in Wyoming was reopening late Saturday night, following an earlier evacuation. It wasn’t the only such incident in the state Saturday.

Kent County Dispatch Authority first confirmed to FOX 17 early Saturday evening that the Walmart at 355 – 54th Street SW had been evacuated by store management just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wyoming Public Safety Chief Kim Koster said “they did receive a bomb threat”, and DPS requested assistance from the Michigan State Police bomb squad.

Meanwhile, C.C.E. Central Dispatch Authority confirmed to FOX 17 that a similar phoned-in bomb threat at 5:42 p.m. Saturday led to an evacuation of the Cheboygan Walmart. Wyoming DPS  says “We have been informed that there have been similar incidents in the state.  Our investigative division will look into any connection between them. ”

In a 9:16 p.m. news release, Wyoming DPS advised that an MSP trooper and his K9 partner responded and – along with Wyoming Police officers – found no explosive devices at the store: “The management has decided to reopen the store as of 9 p.m.”

The threat was received via telephone shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.

As of 6:45 p.m. Saturday, a FOX 17 crew saw Walmart employees still standing in the parking lot, and a Wyoming DPS cruiser was blocking the entrance to the parking lot off 54th Street.

Right after the incident, Chief Koster couldn’t go into details about the nature of the threat, or how it was received. “We don’t want to do anything that might hinder the investigation.”

DPS Lt. Eric Wiler says “The incident will be turned over to the investigative division for further investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety or Silent Observer.

FOX 17 photo: 4-13-2019





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