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Forum News Service, Published December 04 2013

Walmart video reviewed in Detroit Lakes bomb scare

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Walmart is reviewing its surveillance video as authorities try to determine who is responsible for a Black Friday bomb scare that led to an evacuation of the Detroit Lakes store.

A bundle of store items were found wrapped in a camouflage jacket secured with zip ties and left on a store shelf, prompting the Crow Wing County Bomb squad and other agencies to respond to the suspicious package.

Detroit Lakes police Sgt. Robert Strand said Walmart is combing over its surveillance video for evidence.

“It’s (Walmart’s) own private security system, so we can’t just go in there and start looking at their stuff,” Strand said. “But when or if they find something, they’ll give us a call.”

Strand said that if a suspect is identified, he or she could get charged with attempting to conceal merchandise.

“But just because we suspected it could be a bomb, does that mean they’d get charged with anything (regarding the bomb scare)? No.” Strand said. “The prosecutor would have to look at the reports and decide if there would be anything else they could charge them with.”

The store was evacuated for about five hours Friday evening.