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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Add Hannibal to list of Walmarts receiving threats

  • Add Hannibal to the list of Walmarts across the Midwest that have received bogus bomb threats since late last week.


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  • Add Hannibal to the list of Walmarts across the Midwest that have received bogus bomb threats since late last week.
    According to Lyndell Davis, Hannibal police chief, a threat regarding the Hannibal Supercenter in the River Bend Shopping Center was received at approximately 7:35 a.m. Monday. Davis noted that the call came in just a short time after a national media outlet reported on the recent rash of threats made against Walmarts in Missouri and Kansas.
    “There is no way to know if this was related to the other threats or was a copy cat,” he said.
    Davis declined to provide specifics regarding his department’s response to the local threat, other than to say that the manager of the store was contacted by police and they discussed the situation. Store personnel advised HPD of the steps the store was taking. It is not know what actions were taken by store personnel or if the store was evacuated. An individual at the Hannibal store indicated that any comments on the incident would have to come from Walmart’s corporate office. An e-mail inquiry to Walmart media relations had not been answered as of 5 p.m.
    According to The Associated Press, bomb threats were made Friday evening to stores in at least eight Missouri communities including Raytown, Gladstone, Jefferson City, Nixa and Ozark. At least five of the stores were evacuated but no explosives were found and nobody was injured.
    Early Sunday, three Walmart stores in Kansas were temporarily closed after someone phoned in bomb threats. Lawrence police were called just before 2:30 a.m. to both of that city’s Walmart stores after managers received threats from a male caller. Someone called a store in Gladstone, Mo., just before 4:30 a.m. to say a bomb had been planted at a store in Leavenworth, Kan. That store was emptied out while investigators looked for explosives but found none.
    (The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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