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UPDATE: 14-year-old arrested for calling in bomb threat to Walmart

Updated: Dec 20, 2022



HENRY COUNTY, VA – A 14-year-old is behind bars for calling in a bomb threat to Walmart, 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville.


On Sunday, the store was evacuated and canines from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia Tech Police Department and Virginia State Police conducted a systematic search of the property.


Nothing suspicious was located, according to authorities.

The Henry County Department of Public Safety along with local volunteer fire and rescue units were on the scene as a precaution.

Investigators discovered that a 14-year-old called in the bomb threat.


The juvenile was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with threatening to bomb a building.


The juvenile is being held at the W. W. Moore, Jr. Juvenile Detention Home.

Those with information pertaining to this incident are asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or the Crimestoppers program at 276-632-7463.


The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards of up to $2,500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.



 


ORIGINAL STORY


HENRY COUNTY, VA – The local Walmart was evacuated due a threat, according to Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry.


About 3:30 PM on Sunday, a threat was communicated to Walmart and employees and customers were asked to exit the building.


Sheriff Perry told BTW21 News the building is being checked and should be opening back up soon.


Martinsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police have assisted.


"We are working on tracking down how the threat was communicated. If anyone has any information, please call our office or Crimestoppers," Perry said.


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office can be called at 276-638-8751 and the Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.




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