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Bomb threats made to three Wichita stores; no explosives found

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 6:31 p.m.

Wichita police say they found no explosives or suspicious devices at three Wichita businesses that received phoned-in bomb threats Thursday afternoon.

Walgreens at 3333 E. Central received the first of the threats at 12:40 p.m., a Sedgwick County dispatcher said, followed by a call to the Kmart at 4200 W. Kellogg at 12:48 p.m. and then the Kmart at 4830 S. Broadway about 20 minutes later.

Wichita police Sgt. Steve Yarberry said that the caller to the west Wichita Kmart spoke with a store manager and demanded she remain on the line and not call police. The caller, a man, then told the manager to put cash on a reloadable, prepaid debit card within a specified amount of time “or a bomb would go off at the store,” Yarberry said.

The manager evacuated the store, he said, but authorities found nothing inside.

The threat was similar, Yarberry said, to the one made at the south-side Kmart, as well as one called in to a Salina Kmart on Thursday afternoon. He said that the call to Walgreens was somewhat different but that all of the day’s threats were under investigation.

Police had no leads on the caller’s identity by late Thursday afternoon, Yarberry said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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