Walmarts across Maine were evacuated by police on Saturday night after multiple over-the-phone bomb threats were made in several counties. According to officials, the voice of the caller is being described as male but might have been generated through a computer.
According to an updated WGME November 29 report, the Walmart stores in Maine were not the only ones that were evacuated on Saturday. Information about similar automated over-the-phone bomb threats to Walmart stores is also coming from New York, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wyoming and Idaho.
In Maine, 11 Walmart stores received bomb threats mainly between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday evening and had to be evacuated. Some of the Maine Walmart locations included stores in Palmyra, Biddeford, Falmouth, Houlton, Scarborough, Windham, Thomaston, Skowhegan, Newport and Calais. After police evacuated the Walmarts and bomb sniffing dogs searched the stores, customer and employees were allowed back into the stores.
“It definitely was taken seriously,” commented James Ross, chief deputy at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. “We had two deputies respond to Palmyra, and one deputy assisted at Skowhegan. When nothing was found, Wal-Mart made the decision to reopen,” Ross said. “As events unfolded, we learned that a number of other Wal-Marts in the state had received the exact same threat. The sheriff’s office will be ready to assist other agencies if leads develop.”
Nationwide, police are investigating as to who might be responsible for the automated bomb threat calls. Following the Paris attacks, investigators are taking the threats seriously even though they might be just a prank or a vendetta against Walmart on one of its busiest shopping days of the year. In regard to the multiple bomb threats that caused Walmarts to be evacuated across Maine, Scarborough police are asking anyone with information to contact their department at 207-883-6361.