Bomb threat at Kmart yet another hoax
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 03, 2012 | 2258 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the fifth time in just over a month, authorities were forced to evacuate an area after what proved to be a false bomb threat.

Cartersville police were called about 10:30 a.m. Monday morning to Kmart, 453 E. Main St., after a caller told the business there was an explosive device in the store. The all-clear was given about 11:30 a.m. after no device was located.

According to a dispatcher's log received from Bartow County 911, four previous threats had been called in: on May 22 to the Bartow County courthouse; on May 26 at Walmart at 101 Market Place Blvd.; June 8 at a residence on Tumlin Street; and then on June 18 at Dollar Tree, 437 E. Main St.

In the incident at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center, the person receiving the call advised 911 that the suspect called and stated a bomb was in the "courthouse then hung up." In the following two cases at Walmart and the residence, the suspect advised there was bomb at that location and promptly disconnected.

According to the log, Walmart received the initial call at 5:43 a.m. with a second call coming in to the store at 5:47 a.m.

In the details of the Tumlin Street call, 911 noted the suspect's call originated "[from a] non-working cell."

The most recent incident at Dollar Tree had a writing on the men's bathroom wall that read, "Bomb, where, here or at [Kmart]?" according to the 911 report.

No information as to a suspect's phone number or cell service provider could be determined. In the reports received Monday, 911 details contact made with cellphone providers, each unable to confirm the phone belonged to their customer.

Cartersville Police Department Lt. Mark Camp said Monday that each call appears to be a matter of coincidence.

"At this point, as far as I know, it appears that these hoaxes are simply coincidental with one another," he said. "The first two were looked into but there was simply no evidence for either case. We really have no evidence at this point as to the possible suspects.

"I would imagine that if something turns up, [the Criminal Investigations Division] will look into it. I know that they will be looking at today's incident to see if they can glean any evidence or a place to start from that."