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Emily Welker, Published September 13 2013

Area Walgreens see four bomb threats in 24 hours

MOORHEAD – Area police are investigating after Walgreens drug stores here and in Fargo received bomb threats four times in less than 24 hours.

Moorhead police Lt. Mike Detloff said he would be contacting the local FBI office to ask for assistance in the investigation, since Walgreens stores across the nation have been targeted recently by bomb threats.

“Walgreens is on high alert,” he said.

In Moorhead, the first two Walgreens threats were reported Thursday at about 7 p.m., Detloff said. Both stores were evacuated on the advice of police, he said, at 900 Main Ave. and at 700 30th Ave. S.

Detloff said the caller in both instances had a Middle Eastern accent and asked for money to be placed on a prepaid card.

“He says he has people in the parking lot,” he said.

Detloff said the calls were not recordings because in each call, the caller engaged the person on the phone in conversation.

A third bomb threat was called in to the Main Avenue store Friday about 5 p.m., and this time the store was advised not to evacuate, Detloff said.

Bomb threats also came in to Fargo’s Walgreens at 4201 13th Ave. S., as well as the Kmart on South University Drive, said Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel.

Vettel said Fargo officers advised the stores not to evacuate, since the threats weren’t deemed credible.

However, he said, Kmart did evacuate, as it has a corporate policy requiring it.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541