Incoming calls to market tracked in Basalt bomb scare case
BASALT – Police have acquired the telephone numbers of incoming calls made to the Basalt City Market during the morning of Feb. 16 to try to identify who made a bomb threat, Sgt. Stu Curry said Thursday.
The gumshoe work hasn’t yet yielded a suspect, but there are still more calls to track down, he said. Officers are calling the telephone numbers and inquiring about the nature of the calls. All of the callers thus far have been cooperative, and police are finding a variety of legitimate reasons for the calls – from ordering prescriptions for medication to legitimate business by employees, Curry said.
City Market didn’t have a telephone system with caller identification. Curry said he worked with Qwest to obtain the telephone numbers. The police department is also working with the FBI on procedures to identify a suspect.
Curry said the department cannot rule out that the bomb threat was made from an outside party simply because all of numbers of incoming calls haven’t been investigated yet.
City Market officials reported that an unknown person called the store around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 and said a bomb would explode at 5 p.m. Police were contacted, and a strategy was devised to let business at the busy market wind down by midafternoon. Shoppers weren’t allowed in the store after 2 p.m. Shoppers in the store were allowed to go about their business without warning.
Other businesses at Orchard Plaza were asked to close at 2:30 p.m.
City Market was empty by about 3:30 p.m. Department managers and police canvassed the shelves and coolers for anything suspicious. Nothing was found. A bomb squad responded, but didn’t conduct an additional search. Once the bomb deadline passed without incident, the businesses were allowed to reopen by about 5:30 p.m.
The loss of sales was estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
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